Porsche introduces enhanced version of the 911 Turbothe top model of the 911 range
Shanghai, Feb 13, 2006 - Porsche today announced the introduction of a technologically enhanced version of the 911 Turbo for the current model year. Among the highlights of the new model is the use of variable turbo geometry technology (VTG) and the introduction of Porsche Traction Management (PTM) giving the new 911 Turbo an actively controlled all-wheel drive for the first time. The new model will be unveiled at the Geneva Motorshow at the end of February, and will be introduced in Mainland and Greater China in the beginning of June this year.
The new 911 Turbo is powered by a 3.6 l horizontally opposed turbo engine with variable turbo geometry (VTG), which produces 480 bhp and 620 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm, 60 bhp more than the current 911 Turbo. It has a maximum track-speed of 310 km/h and accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds (3.7 with Tiptronic S), 0.3 seconds quicker than its predecessor.
The unique use of a turbo charging system with variable turbine geometry (VTG) in a spark ignition engine gives the possibility to combine the advantages of small and large turbo chargers in one engine, where a small turbo charger has a faster response, i.e. as small turbo gap and a large turbo charger gives a smoother gas cycle with less residual gas in the cylinder and a better cylinder filling, thus providing a higher maximum engine power. This breakthrough once again demonstrates the core competence of Porsche in the engine and drive systems area. Other highlight is the introduction of Porsche Traction Management on the 911 Turbo, giving excellent driving and acceleration characteristics through a controlled all-wheel drive.
The new 911 Turbo comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. This gearbox has been reinforced compared to the previous 911 Turbo. The optional 5-speed Tiptronic S gearbox also offers significantly improved acceleration, thanks to improvements resulting in reduced gearshift and response times. This is an historic achievement; the ability of the 911 Turbo with Tiptronic S to rocket from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds makes it capable-for the first time ever-of leaving the manual transmission version 0.2 seconds behind.
The braking system of the new 911 Turbo has been further developed by increasing the steel brake discs on front and rear axle from 330/330 mm to 350/350 mm and using a tandem brake booster. The optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system has also been further developed and now has brake discs with a diameter of 380 mm on the front axle instead of 350 mm.
The external design is sportier and more dynamic than ever. The striking, rigidly designed air inlets and the new headlights snugly integrated in the front, gives the front part of the new 911 Turbo an extremely powerful appearance. The side view is dominated by the re-designed air inlets behind the doors, and from the rear the new model is characterised by the wider body of the car and the split wing element, giving the 911 Turbo a masculine, dynamic shape. Also the interior of the new 911 Turbo has been completely revamped. Based largely on that of the current 911 Carrera generation, it is characterised by improved passenger-compartment ergonomics, such as a deeper seat position, pedals that have been moved forward and additional steering-wheel height adjustment options. Leather interior is standard.
The optional ”Sport Chrono Turbo package” is available for the first time with the new 911 Turbo. The package features an analogue stopwatch on the centre console, sporty mode for the accelerator pedal characteristic, specific transmission and chassis tuning as well as a performance display in the PCM and an individual memory. It also includes the additional ”Overboost” function, which provides a short-term increase in boost pressure for even better acceleration. The boost pressure overboost of approx. 0.2 bar can be sustained for around 10 seconds and increases the maximum torque significantly by approx. 60 Nm to max. 680 Nm.
The Porsche 911 Turbo will be launched in Mainland and Greater China at the beginning of June 2006. The list price will be announced soon.