|With the observation of half a century of the Porsche 911, the Stuttgart-based Sportscar marque has revealed the latest representation of the 911: the 911 Turbo/Turbo S.|
Both Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S features all-wheel drive, active rear axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics, full LED headlights (the Turbo S model even has camera-based four-point daytime running lights, optional for the 911 Turbo), retractable three-stage front spoiler, three-point adjustable rear wing, lighter and longer chassis (100mm), and wider rear panels. The wide rear body panels of the latest Porsche 911 Turbo are 28 mm wider than on the 911 Carrera 4S line-up. A wider rear means the 911 Turbo/Turbo S line-up takes up larger wheels – two-tone forged 20-inch wheels with hub wheel locks.
The interior is completely redesigned in both Porsche 911 Turbos, and it builds on the 911 Carrera family. The S model is particularly well equipped, offering such features as an exclusive interior in a black/carrera red color combination and sport seats plus with 18-way adjustment and memory.
In addition, the instrument cluster inherits the 911 Carrera’s five-ring presentation and the seat backrest shells are leather upholstered with double cap seams, plus carbon-look elements. Like on the previous models, the Bose sound system is installed as standard; for the first time, a Burmester 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.
The Porsche 911 Turbo is powered by a turbocharged, direct petrol injection 3.8-litre six-cylinder powerplant that commands 520 hp; 560 hp for the Turbo S version. Power is transferred to the drivetrain via the seven-speed dual clutch transmission (PDK), which now enables an auto start/stop function with engine shutoff that now activates earlier during coasting to a stop as well as a coasting function. Together with the new thermal management system for the turbo engine and the PDK transmission, fuel efficiency technologies have reduced NEDC fuel consumption by up to 16 per cent to 9.7 l/100 km; these figures apply to both Turbos.
Technologies are aplenty for the Porsche 911 Turbos such as, the PDCC active anti-roll system (the first for the 911 variant), Sport Chrono package Plus for the Turbo S, PTM all-wheel drive, and PCCB ceramic brakes. The 911 Turbo equipped with Sport Chrono package Plus can dash from 0 – 100km/h in a miniscule 3.2 seconds, that’s 0.1 secs better than the previous 911 Turbo S. The Turbo S does that in 3.1s with top speed reaching 318 km/h.
With the rear axle steering system, the Porsche 911 Turbos simply have better handling; be it for track activities or daily driving duties. 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.
The Porsche 911 Turbos are slated for its Malaysian debut in the final quarter of the year, courtesy of Sime Darby Auto Performance.