Porsche took the covers off the next generation 911/991 a bit early, so our attention has moved to its next variant: the 911 Turbo . We’ve already caught this version during some hot weather testing , but there’s nothing like a good rendering to bide our time until the 911 Turbo’s world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.
The new 911/911 features an aluminum-steel body, which shaves off up to 45kg (or about 99 lbs) of the car’s total weight. Expect the 911 Turbo to get some additional changes to reduce the weight even further. This reduction will put the 3.8-liter flat-six engine to good use as 550 HP rushes out. Large air intakes situated on the flanks of the 911 Turbo will provide the cool air needed to cool this beast and new technologies, such as brake regeneration and a stop start system, will help reduce fuel consumption. The engine will be offered with an improved manual gearbox as standard, or an optional Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) gearbox. The PDK will have with no less than seven forward gears, combining the driving comfort of a converter automatic transmission with the dynamic gearshift of a sequential racing gearbox.
gallery: Porsche 911 Turbo