The Ultimate 911 Models: New 911 Turbo and Turbo S
Porsche unveiled the new 911 Turbo and Turbo S models at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 11, with the new halo 911 models due to arrive in Australia in May.
The top models of the 911 model series – the 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S – now boast 15 kW (20 hp) more power, a sharpened design and improved features. The Turbo and Turbo S will be available in both coupe and cabriolet versions from the start.
The bi-turbo six-cylinder 3.8-litre engine in the 911 Turbo now has maximum power of 397 kW (540 hp). This power gain is achieved by modified inlet ports in the cylinder head, new injection nozzles and higher fuel pressure.
The 911 Turbo S raises the stakes with 427 kW (580 hp) of power thanks to new turbochargers with larger compressors. Porsche is still the only manufacturer to utilise turbochargers with variable turbine geometry in petrol engines.
The engines now also have what is known as a dynamic boost function to further improve engine response in dynamic operation. It maintains the charge pressure during load changes – i.e. when the accelerator pedal is released briefly. This is achieved by just interrupting fuel injection, whereas the throttle valve remains open. As a result, the engine reacts with practically no delay to another press of the accelerator pedal. The effects of this function are more pronounced in the Sport and Sport Plus modes than in Normal mode.
Overall, the new high-performance 911s deliver breath taking performance, while fuel consumption is reduced even further.
The 911 Turbo S Coupe sprints to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds. Its top speed of 330 km/h is 12 km/h higher than before. The 911 Turbo reaches the 100-km/h mark in 3.0 seconds, and its top speed is now 320 km/h – five km/h faster than before. Nevertheless, the coupes only consume 9.1 L/100 km, and the cabriolets 9.3 L/100 km. This represents 0.6 litres less fuel consumption per 100 km for all versions, courtesy of further advanced electronic engine and transmission management with revised gear change mappings.
Sport Chrono Package with mode switch and Sport Response button
The new GT sport steering wheel – 360 mm in diameter and with a design adopted from the 918 Spyder – comes with what is known as a mode switch as standard. It consists of a rotary dial with stepped positions used to select one of the four modes Normal, Sport, Sport Plus or Individual.
The Individual setting lets the driver configure and store a custom vehicle setup. Another new feature of the Sport Chrono Package is the Sport Response button at the centre of the dial. Inspired by motor racing, it preconditions the engine and gearbox for the best possible response at the push of a button. In this mode, the Turbo and Turbo S can produce optimal acceleration for up to 20 seconds, such as when overtaking. An indicator in the instrument cluster in the form of a running timer shows the driver the elapsed time. Sport Response can be called up as often as desired and from any of the driving modes.
Porsche Stability Management (PSM) in the 911 Turbo models now have a new PSM Sport Mode. A brief press of the PSM button on the centre console puts the system in a super sporty mode – independent of the driving programme selected. The PSM Sport mode alters the PSM’s intervention threshold much more than was the case in Sport Plus mode of the previous model.
The new mode makes it possible to approach performance limits even more closely – e.g. on a circuit racetrack. In this mode, the PSM warning lamp lights up, and a message in the instrument cluster indicates that the PSM system’s contribution toward driving stability is limited. However, PSM still remains active in the background, even in PSM Sport mode. A long press of the PSM button, though, completely deactivates PSM, as usual.
911 Turbo S has full set of driving dynamic features
The chassis of the new 911 Turbo models with PASM as standard now offer an even greater spread between performance and comfort. In addition, the 911 Turbo S offers a full complement of equipment for driving dynamics: Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll compensation is standard as is the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) ceramic brake system.
New options for all 911 Turbo models include the radar-based lane change assist and a lift system for the front axle that can be used to increase ground clearance by 40 mm at the front spoiler lip at low speeds.
Sharpened design with new characteristics
Naturally, the new generation 911 Turbo adopts significant characteristics of the striking design of today’s Carrera models, supplemented by typical 911 Turbo special features.
The newly formed front end with side airblades and precisely laid out slim twin LED front light strips give the front end a wider look in combination with the additional blade in the central air intake.
From the side, the high-performance 911s boast new 20-inch wheels. On the 911 Turbo S, for instance, the centre lock wheels now feature seven, instead of 10, double spokes. Also new are the wheel dimensions for the 911 Turbo: with 9 J x 20 at the front and 11.5 J x 20 at the rear (each now half an inch wider) matching the wheels sizes of the 911 Turbo S.
The new door handles now come without shell inserts – just like on the Carrera models. The rear body is also thoroughly reworked. Eye-catching at first glance are the three-dimensional rear lights with their four-point brake lights and aura-like illumination, familiar from the 911 Carrera series.
The exit openings for the exhaust system at the rear as well as the dual tailpipes are redesigned. The rear lid grille is also redesigned, and it now features three parts: the right and left sections have longitudinal louvres, and in the middle there is a separate cover for optimised air induction for the engine.
New Porsche Communication Management with navigation
Along with the generation change in models, the newly developed infotainment system, PCM with navigation, is making its way into the cockpits of the 911 Turbo models as standard.
This system can be made out by a multi-touch monitor with high-quality glass surface, which is perfectly integrated into the centre console, and it offers new connectivity functions thanks to the standard Connect Plus module and Apple CarPlay.
In addition, the system can now process handwritten inputs. Moreover, mobile phones and smartphones can now be integrated more quickly, easily and comprehensively than before via Bluetooth or cable. As in the previous models, the Bose sound system is offered as standard; a Burmester high-end surround sound system can be delivered as an option.
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