Advanced technology and genuine supercar pace pushes prices of top-end 911 Turbo variants to more than £140,000

The 40th anniversary of the Porsche 911 Turbo is to be celebrated in style with the introduction of the fastest, most powerful and most technically sophisticated version yet: the new 991-series.

The sixth generation of the 911 Turbo, shown here at the Frankfurt motor show, will be offered with the choice of two power outputs as Turbo and Turbo S models.

In standard guise, the new four-wheel-drive 911 flagship’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre flat six engine produces 20bhp more than its direct predecessor, at 513bhp. That’s double the output of the original 1974 model, whose feisty turbocharged 3.0-litre flat six produced 256bhp.

In more sporting Turbo S guise, the new 911 Turbo’s reserves swell by 30bhp over the previous version to 552bhp. That’s sufficient to provide it with claimed 0-62mph acceleration in a McLaren 12C-equalling 3.1sec, together with a 198mph top speed. 

Porsche has yet to confirm the torque rating of its new engine, but indications are that it has risen above the 516lb ft of the old model, if only slightly.  

As with all recent 911 models, the new Turbo has grown in size. Length is up by 40mm, at 4490mm, and width extends 28mm beyond that of the latest Carrera 4 to 1878mm, due to customary flared rear wings.

The adoption of aluminium in the inner and outer body structure is claimed to bring the new car under the 1570kg kerb weight of the old 911 Turbo for a vastly improved power-to-weight ratio.  

The increase in external dimensions brings a significant change in chassis geometry, with the wheelbase growing by 100mm to 2450mm and the front and rear tracks extending well beyond the 1490mm and 1550mm of the old model. Larger wheel housings permit the fitment of 20-inch wheels and those on the Turbo S feature centre-lock wheel nuts.

In line with the latest 911 GT3, the new 911 Turbo receives four-wheel steering. Porsche claims that this provides it with new levels of agility and the ability to lap the Nürburgring in a time that undercuts that of the Carrera GT, at a claimed 7min 30sec. It forms part of a new steering system that adopts electro-mechanical operation for the first time.

Also included is a new active aerodynamic package, with a three-stage front spoiler and a modified three-stage rear spoiler to improve downforce.  

Further developments include Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, which uses hydraulically operated anti-roll bars to reduce body roll, pitch and lift. It comes as standard on the new 911 Turbo S and — in combination with dynamic engine mounts, carbon-ceramic brakes and full LED headlamps — will form part of the Sport Chrono package available as an option on the 911 Turbo. 

Reacting to criticism of the old 911 Turbo, the new model receives a so-called ‘sound symposer’ to accentuate the sound of the inlet manifold and heighten the overall acoustic qualities of the revised engine.

For the first time since its introduction to the Porsche line-up four decades ago, the 911 Turbo goes without a manual gearbox. As with the latest 911 GT3, the new model will be sold exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto.

Also included is a revised multi-plate-clutch four-wheel drive system. It now sports water cooling for improved efficiency and an added ability to place the 911 Turbo’s reserves to the road.

The UK order book is open now, with deliveries starting in September. Prices are up by about 10 per cent for each model, in line with other 991 variants. The Turbo starts from £118,349 and the Turbo S from £140,852.

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3 May 2013

Technically brilliant, no doubt a blast to drive, and yet, as with all Porches, I'm left cold. 

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3 May 2013

Stuart Milne wrote:

The 40th anniversary of the Porsche 911 Turbo is to be celebrated in style with the introduction of the fastest, most powerful and most technically sophisticated version yet: the new 991-series.

Isn't every 911 Turbo the" fastest, most powerful and technically sophisticated version yet" at the time of it's release.

 

 

 

3 May 2013

i thought the new 911 turbo was going to beat the gtr, to me 911 was always more special than ferraris or lamborghinis because it was faster, better built, more usable at a lower price. It seems that the gtr has taken that throne and porsche is doing nothing to address that and instead act like other brands and sell their cars based on badge image.  

3 May 2013

.....that I would not be impressed by the launch of a new 911 Turbo..... Sad

I'm a massive Porsche fan (especially 911 Turbo's, GT3's and RS's), but this one has left me feeling a little underwhelmed.

I remember the launch of the 996 turbo and being amazed at the additional visual drama it held over the std models.  This 991 turbo just doesn't 'shout' it's intentions as I've come to expect.  The 991 GT3 seems to manage it with it's aero/cooling tweeks, but I think someone forgot to replace the front bumper, as that's been the most immediate differentiator for the turbo.

Still, I'm sure it will be an absolute hoot to punt down my favourite North Wales A/B roads.

Here's hoping for that huge lottery win........

 

"Will accept donation of a Carrera GT, EB110 SS or McLaren F1...oh yeah or a Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder"

3 May 2013

Maybe in performance, but not in perceived exclusivity. To the untrained eye, i.e. the general public, this is a Porsche 911. So it's much more common than a McLaren 12C and, hence, much less remarkable.

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3 May 2013

Again I seem to be in the minority but I rather like the new car.  If you wanted something that shouted more you'd buy another 911 model like a GT3 perhaps or another car altogether.  At £118k it vastly undercuts the MP4-12C - a car that doesn't leave me cold but positively freezing.  Gorgeous alloy wheels too on the new Turbo.

3 May 2013

I think we must be coming close to the technical limit of what can actually be acheived in making a road-car go as fast as possible. If somebody like Porsche, who've clearly thrown virtually everything they've got at this thing, can't make it beat the GTR's time at their home ground, then something must be up.

I'm sure the engineering that has gone into this is cutting edge but it would be near impossible to use it all on a public road without attracting a depressing collection of fast driving awards from your local police force.

3 May 2013

The 911 turbo was always historically percieved as fast but rather soft, and seemed popular with those who wanted their Porsche as a road car to use every day and enjoyed the blast of acceleration, however the motoring press hated it and much preferred the GT as they generally got to play with it on a track and rarely had to live with one.

The last gen model showed signs of firming up a little so it'll be interesting to see which way Porsche takes his one

3 May 2013

Do they really need 2 versions?  '911 Turbo' should tell you all you need to know. Porsche can provide an options list for track-day enthusiasts separately. I like 911s but recent models are getting bulky - peaked with the 993. They will eventually have to restyle more radically as it's getting hard for them to do much else with this basic design and it's all getting a bit underwhelming. It will, of course, be fantastic. 

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3 May 2013

Herald wrote:

Do they really need 2 versions?  '911 Turbo' should tell you all you need to know. 

 

Agree. Turbo should be the final word in the 911 heirachy.

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