Porsche is busy putting the finishing touches to the new 911 Turbo, seen here nearly undisguised.
The new model will, like the 911 GT3, adopt four-wheel steering for added agility, Porsche R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz has confirmed to Autocar.
The latest incarnation of the 2+2 supercar is due to get its first public airing at the Frankfurt motor show in September. The new 911 Turbo will enter UK showrooms at a price that’s expected to nudge £120,000 in fully loaded form — the same territory that McLaren is targeting with the P13.
As with all recent new 911 models, the new car benefits from a wide range of weight-saving measures, including extensive use of aluminium.
Despite an increase in dimensions, the kerb weight has been reduced below the 1585kg of the last of the previous-generation models, in a move that promises to provide the new range-topping 911 with even more explosive performance.
Along with the larger body, the 911 Turbo adopts a heavily reworked chassis that uses a longer wheelbase and wider tracks. This is claimed to provide it with improved weight distribution. It also provides scope for an increase in tyre size, with 325/30-profile rubber set to appear at the rear.
The latest 911 Turbo prototypes provide a clear indication of the styling direction that the new car will take. Features include a unique front bumper with larger air ducts to help cool the front-mounted radiators, more pronounced sills under the doors, air ducts ahead of the rear wheel arches, a complex rear wing that provides active aerodynamics dependent on speed, and a reworked rear bumper with cooling ducts to extract air from the engine bay.