One of Germany’s premier motoring magazines, Autobild, recently took Porsche’s latest 911 Turbo model to Estoril circuit in Portugal for a little fun on the track. Although we didn’t understand much of the German commentary, the new boosted 911 is synonymous with the words performance and beauty in any language. Besides, anytime you can get the legendary racing driver Walter Rohl behind the wheel good things are bound to happen, especially when you consider the 3.8 Liter flat six complete with a pair of Variable Turbine Geometry snails that is capable of producing a maximum output of 500 HP and a peak torque of 516 lb-ft that allows the rear engine super car to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in only 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 194 MPH.
There has been quite an interesting back and forth going on between the backwards engineered German sports car builder Porsche and the Japanese automaker Nissan concerning both car builder’s flagship vehicle’s time lapping a certain 12.9 mile long loop. Back in April Nissan announced that the GT-R had set a new lap record on the Nurburgring with a lap time of 7 minutes and 29 seconds back on April 17, 2008. After a bit of bad sportsmanship Nissan ’s test driver piloted the GT-R around the green Hell in 7 minutes and 26 seconds on April 23rd of this year, besting the Carrera GT super car’s Nordschleif lap time of 7 minutes and 28 seconds.
After the most recent attempt at conquering the ‘Ring, Porsche sent a 2010 911 Turbo to conquer the 73 turn race course with the hidden hope that they would be able to put a dent in the GT-R’s Nurburgring legacy. The new turbo is a much more refined performance machine coming with improved fuel economy, a lower curb weight and even more power. Under the rear deck lid, Porsche is now using a twin turbocharged 3.8 Liter direct gasoline injected flat six engine that delivers a maximum output of 500 HP and when combined with the German automaker’s new seven speed PDK gearbox can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in only 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 194 mph.
So with quicker acceleration, a higher top speed and improved chassis dynamics the new 911 Turbo had no problem shaving 10 seconds off of its previous lap time, however 7 minutes and 39 seconds is still a long ways off from the Nissan’s current record. With a more hard core GT-R SpecV on the way, the German engineers still have their work cut out for themselves.
Porsche has just unveiled the seventh generation 911 Turbo at the Frankfurt Motor Show and will go on sale shortly in Germany. As part of the new car’s introduction Porsche Executive Vice President of Research and Development Wolfgang Durheimer talks about the company’s latest high performance creation.
The 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo is a true 21st century super car with more power, a lower curb weight, improved handling, a higher top speed and improved fuel economy. Under the rear deck lid Porsche has placed a 3.8 Liter direct injected flat six engine that delivers 500 HP and is available with Porsche’s new PDK seven speed transmission. Thanks to the new refinements the 911 Turbo now gets an estimated 24 MPG and can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 194 MPH.
Most customers are satisfied with the stock performance of a Porsche Turbo , but as long as there are gear heads that think they know how to make more power than a team of Germany’s best engineers; highly modified 911s will continue to amaze us. One of the best things about the 997 Turbo is that the 3.6 Liter flat six cylinder engine has been one of Porsche’s specialties for over a decade so from the factory, the all wheel drive turbo’s 470 HP and 460 lb-ft of torque makes for a very manageable super car experience with a mid 3 second 0 to 60 MPH time and a top speed up around 200 MPH. The one problem with that theoretical top speed is that at around 150 MPH the air gets a little thicker and the more power you have the easier it is to get to the magic mile per hour.
Leading up to the top speed extravaganza known as the Texas Mile, the aftermarket specialists at VividRacing thought that an 800 HP blue blur would be their best bet to make their mark. The team has redesigned the car’s intake system relocating the air filters in the clean air stream next to the intercoolers, which now have a full three inch connecting the chillers to the intake manifold. The matte blue 911 Turbo also makes use of a pair of BOVs to leak the excessive amount of boost that it takes to make a maximum output of 800 HP from only 3.6 Liters.
Planning on reaching speeds in the realm of ridiculous, VividRacing decided to upgrade the Porsche’s rear brakes to match the front Brembo setup complete with racy two piece rotors. Stiffening the chassis and adding an extra element of safety for the driver, the crew at the high performance online retailer fitted an Agency Power Roll Bar. After all, the cars that will gather at the Texas mile in a few weeks are only going to spend a fraction of their time on the stretch of open highway at speed. So while they plan on making the Porsche look pretty in the paddock the specialists at VividRacing changed out the project car’s old HRE P43 wheels for a set of new HRE P40’s finished in flat black to match the exterior.
Car specifications after the jump.
The U.K based tuning firm Cargraphic has just unveiled a new tuning package for the Porsche 911 Turbo 997 , the GT RSC 3.6. This highly modified 911 Turbo’s power plant has been boosted in order to achieve a maximum output of 624 HP up from the standard 473 HP offering from the 3.6 Liter flat six engine.
The 911’s body has been upgraded with a low hanging downforce inducing front lip that looks like it will scrape the surface over rough roads and a large oversized rear wing to keep the heavy end of the turbocharged Porsche planted to the road. Rounding out the exterior of the Cargraphic GT RSC 3.6 are a set of staggered black mesh racing wheels complete with a decorative white stripe around the rim and a deep dish rear lip with a set of oversized brakes underneath.
Inside the modified Carrera a full roll cage stiffens the chassis enough to handle the extra 150 HP from the boosted boxer engine. Thanks to the newfound grunt, the Cargraphic GT RSC 3.6 is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.0 seconds and reach 180 MPH from rest in only 22.8 seconds. The twin turbo 997 is quite the impressive machine from the factory, but with a little help from Cargraphic it becomes a true super car competitor.
According to a few sources on the internet, the German sports car builder Porsche is preparing an even more powerful version of the Carrera Turbo for 2010, the Turbo S will take the twin turbocharged 997 911 to the next level with added power and matching performance and should be in showrooms as early as next spring. According to one source, TeamSpeed, the Turbo S Porsche will come from the factory with 550 HP, that is up from the standard version’s 473 HP and 457 lb-ft of torque most likely though an increased displacement regimen as well as adding a little extra boost into the mix. In order to handle the extra power, the Turbo S will be fitted with a set of Porsche’s ceramic composite brakes and a set of RS style center locking wheels to house them. The future Turbo S would also differentiate itself from the standard twin turbocharged 911 with some bespoke bodywork to go with the new high performance persona.
Stay tuned to Top Speed as we will get back to you with more details as soon as we get them.
The German sports car maker Porsche has started a new web site specifically dedicated to the new 911 Turbo. So thanks to the new specialty page we can bring you a new image gallery of the face lifted backwards engineered high performance machine.
The 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo comes with improved fuel economy thanks to a lower curb weight and a more powerful engine. The added benefits include an even greater sensation of speed combined with the enhanced driving dynamics and control of the Porsche’s all wheel drive system creates the perfect sports car for all driving conditions. Under rear deck lid Porsche has placed a 3.8 Liter flat six engine complete with gas saving and power enhancing gasoline direct injection. The boxer engine punches out 500 HP, which is sent to all four wheels via the automaker’s new seven-speed PDK gearbox. This newfound sense of style and performance results in a 0 to 60 MPH sprint of only 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 194 MPH, straight off the showroom floor. This kind of factory tuned performance will set you back $132,800 for the two door hard top and $143,800 to enjoy the wind in your hair at highly illegal speeds.
This is undoubtedly one of the most famous cars to make it onto the internet. It is nothing more than a standard 996 Porsche Carrera Turbo convertible that has been dipped in over 45 pounds of gold which brings the value of this slightly modified 911 closer to around $600,000.
Top Speed first reported on the car when it was stolen and then luckily for the owner was recovered. It now seems that Mr. Midas has mustered up the courage to once again leave the safety of his garage and take the car out for a spin.
It is nice to see that the car doing what is does best when it was spotted out and about in the south of France, where the weather is perfect for convertible driving pleasure. Even the owner seemed to be a bit relaxed behind the wheel, however he better keep a close eye on it in the car park.
After announcing the details about the 2010 Porsche Turbo Coupe and Cabriolet , the German automaker also announced the U.S. pricing for the next generation sports car: $132,800 for the coupe version and $143,800 for the convertible one.
The new 911 Turbo is powered by a 3.8 Liter engine that now delivers 500 HP. Direct Fuel Injection (DFI), a new expansion intake manifold first seen on the GT2 and Porsche’s exclusive turbocharger system with variable turbine geometry (VTG) lead the innovations.
The Sport Chrono Package Turbo allows the 2010 911 Turbo to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.2 seconds when combined with the new, highly acclaimed PDK seven-speed transmission. Also included in the Sport Chrono Package Turbo is Porsche’s innovative dynamic engine mounts. Top track speed is 194 mph for both the Coupe and the Cabriolet models.
Two months ago the high performance tuners at Switzer Performance unveiled their P800 package for the track devouring Porsche GT2 . Due to the company’s overwhelming demand from ordinary 997 Turbo owners to produce a package that will upgrade their all wheel drive boosted 911s to make the same 800 HP as the very special P800 super speed machine and take advantage of the more affordable car’s superior level of grip coming from the four wheel drive system and the shorter ratio’s inside the gearbox.
With the 3.6 Liter flat six producing 800 HP, the modified 997 Turbo is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3 seconds, and can run the standing quarter mile in under 10.5 seconds, now that is street bike territory. The increase in output comes thanks to a pair of ball bearing Garrett GT30R turbo chargers, competition style exhaust complete with tuned headers, and electronic boost controller a set of Switzer’s MONSTER intercoolers, a recalibrated ECU and an upgraded carbon clutch to make sure that all 800 HP gets out of the engine.
Press release after the jump.