The new Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S911 Turbo sets new reference values for dynamics and fuel consumption
Doha. The Porsche model offensive in the anniversary year of the 911 is reaching new heights. 50 years ago, the first ever 911 made its debut at the Frankfurt International Auto Show. And just ten years later, the 911 Turbo prototype was shown at the same trade fair. On this 40th anniversary Porsche is now presenting the new generation 911 Turbo and Turbo S – the technological and dynamic performance peak of the 911 series. New all-wheel drive, active rear axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics, full-LED headlights and the up to 560 hp flat six-cylinder engine with bi-turbo charging, underscore the role of the new generation 911 Turbo as a circuit racing car, everyday sports car and technology platform. Playing an equally crucial role are the entirely new chassis in lightweight design with a 100 mm longer wheelbase and larger 20-inch wheels. The Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active anti-roll system, which is being offered for the first time in 911 Turbo models, increases dynamic performance even more. This system is part of the standard equipment in the 911 Turbo S, as are the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes; all of these features are also available as options in the 911 Turbo. The result: The new 911 Turbo S shortens the lap time for the North Loop of the Nürburgring to well under 7:30 minutes, featuring standard production tyres.
The standard sound symposer intensifies the driving experience; it transmits induction sounds of the turbo engine to the passenger compartment via a speaker diaphragm.
More power, fuel economy improved by 16 per cent
The performance partners in the powertrain area are the further advanced engines and the new Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system. The turbocharged 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine with direct petrol injection produces 520 hp in the 911 Turbo and 560 hp in the S model. Porsche continues to be the only carmaker to offer two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry for a petrol engine. Power is transferred to the drivetrain via the seven-speed dual clutch transmission (PDK), featuring auto start/stop function. Together with the new thermal management system for the turbo engine and the PDK transmission, fuel efficient technologies have reduced the NEDC fuel consumption by up to 16 per cent to 9.7 l/100 km; these figures apply to both models.
New all-wheel drive with electro-hydraulic control
For an even faster and more precise power distribution to the two axles, Porsche developed a new PTM all-wheel drive system with electronically controlled and activated multi-plate coupling. The system is equipped with a new water cooling function, so that it can direct even more drive torque to the front wheels if necessary. Simultaneously, the optimised interplay of the engine, transmission and all-wheel drive systems takes the new top 911 to even better sprint capabilities. The 911 Turbo with the standard Sport Chrono Package Plus accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, which is one-tenth better than the value of the previous 911 Turbo S. The new 911 Turbo S handles the standard sprint to 100 km/h in just 3.1 seconds. The car’s top speed is 318 km/h.
Widest body of all 911 cars
The two new top models display their performance visually more than ever. The characteristic, expansively wide rear body panels of the new generation 911 Turbo are 28 mm wider than on the 911 Carrera 4 models. They feature a nearly level surface, about the width of a hand, between the C-pillar and the outer edge of the car body. Other differentiating characteristics include two-tone forged 20-inch wheels – on the 911 Turbo S they have hub wheel locks. The Turbo S is also making its appearance with new full-LED headlights that feature four-point daytime running lights and dynamic, camera-based main beam control, which can be ordered as an option for the 911 Turbo.
Rear axle steering sustainably improves handling
The introduction of rear axle steering in all turbo models immensely improves both circuit racing and everyday performance of the two new top sports cars. The system consists of two electro-mechanical actuators instead of the conventional control arms on the left and right of the rear axle. The steering angle of the rear wheels can be varied by up to 2.8 degrees, depending on vehicle speed. At speeds up to 50 km/h, when the front wheels are turned the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction. This actually corresponds to a virtual shortening of the wheelbase by 250 mm, which gives the 911 Turbo unrivalled performance in bends. The system lets the car turn faster into the bend and offers more dynamic steering response. This noticeably simplifies manoeuvring and parking.
At speeds above 80 km/h, the system steers the rear wheels parallel to the turned front wheels. This is equivalent to a virtual lengthening of the wheelbase by a significant 500 mm and gives the sports car tremendous stability, especially at high speeds. At the same time, the steering input by the driver leads to significantly faster build-up of lateral force at the rear axle, which initiates the change in direction more spontaneously and harmoniously.
Active aerodynamics improve efficiency and performance
It is the first time that Porsche developed an active aerodynamic system for the new 911 Turbo models. It consists of a sturdy, retractable three-stage front spoiler, whose segments can be pneumatically extended, and a deployable rear wing with three adjustable wing positions. This makes it possible to tune the aerodynamics of the 911 Turbo according to the driver’s demands for either optimal efficiency (speed position) or top dynamic performance. In the performance position, all segments of the front spoiler are fully extended and generate considerable downforce at the front axle. Similarly, the rear wing is extended to its maximum height with the greatest angle of attack, enhancing the downforce at the rear axle. Dynamic performance is improved to such an extent that lap times at the North Loop of the Nürburgring are improved by up to two seconds due to this system alone.
New interior with high-end features
The interior was completely redesigned in both 911 Turbo models, based on the 911 Carrera range. The S model is particularly well equipped, offering features, such as an exclusive interior in a Black/Carrera Red colour combination and sport seats plus with 18-way adjustment and memory. In addition, the seat backrest shells are leather upholstered with double cap seams and various elements in carbon look. Like on the previous models, the BOSE® Surround Sound System is installed as standard; for the first time, the Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System is also available as an optional feature. A radar-controlled cruise control system, camera-based road sign recognition and speed limit recognition are other new options being offered (pending municipality approval in each country).
Whilst orders for both models can be placed with immediate effect, Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE will introduce the new 911 Turbo S with the first customer deliveries starting on 28th of September; the 911 Turbo will be available from January 2014 onwards.
The basic retail price in the GCC for the 911 Turbo Coupe is 147,624 USD. The 911 Turbo S Coupe is available starting from 179,709 USD.