The extreme capability of the new 911 Turbo is elegantly enclosed in a highly distinctive exterior. While signalling the unique athleticism of the car, it remains unmistakably 911. The aerodynamics are exceptionally well balanced, with positive downforce at the rear. The drag coefficient is remarkably low at just 0.31. With its streamlined shape and lightweight build, the new 911 Turbo offers excellent fuel economy as well as superlative performance.
The standard Bi-Xenon headlights with integral cleaning system are compact, stylish and elegantly incorporated within the new front-end design. The front apron moulding is an entirely new development, featuring highperformance LED indicators in the outer air intake ducts. The compact front foglights are neatly positioned on the outer edges of the front apron.
The side air intakes, to the rear of the doors, provide optimum air delivery to the twin intercooler units. Equally efficient are the cooling air ducts to the front and rear brake assemblies. This enhanced cooling action is an important factor in the excellent performance of the standard braking system.
The body of the car is much wider across the rear than the front. A generous wheel track is combined with wider tyres to achieve enormous lateral grip. The engine lid is another totally new design and features an integral bi-plane rear spoiler. The upper wing element is automatically raised at approximately 120 km/h (75 mph) and lowered at around 60 km/h (37 mph).The rear apron moulding has also been redesigned to blend with the rest of the car. The side air outlets and fully enclosed twin tailpipes are a further indication of the power within. Black plastic sills along the sides of the body provide effective protection against stone chips. Elegantly matched to the exterior of the car is the all-new wheel design. The 19-inch forged alloys have a standard two-tone finish as well as wide, low-profile tyres.
The standard tyre dimensions are 235/35 ZR 19 (front) and 305/30 ZR 19 (rear). The interior of the car is equally compelling and entirely designed around the driver. The high-quality surfaces include a full leather finish on the standard electric seats as well as the dashboard, doors and rear side panels. Two sports seat options are also available, one featuring adaptive adjustment. The standard equipment package includes a new gear-knob design – created exclusively for the 911 Turbo –and a three-spoke sports steering wheel featuring 40 mm of height and reach adjustment. The overall design of the new 911 Turbo marks another new phase in the ongoing evolution of this remarkable car. Wholly integral to the fundamental vehicle concept, every detail is a direct expression of power, composure and comfort.
A characteristic design feature of the new 911 Turbo is the modified front end with its distinctive, tautly drawn cooling air inlets. In conjunction with the standard-equipment oval bi-xenon headlights, they define its unmistakable image. The harmonious front view is enhanced by widely placed and deep-set fog lights and by new LED flashers, which are situated in the lateral air inlets of the front end. From the rear perspective too, the Turbo takes on a more powerful appearance. This is due first and foremost to its tail end, 22 millimeters wider than that of the previous model, to which the redesigned wing spoiler element has been aligned. It now slopes downward slightly at the sides to nestle into the contours of the rear fenders. The lateral air inlets behind the doors have also been redrawn and, together with the new air ducts, afford a more efficient supply of cooling air to the charge-air intercoolers.
In the USA the Type 997 911 Turbo is priced at 122,900 Dollars (not including taxes), and will be available as from July 8, 2006.
In addition to the 911 Turbo, as a special surprise at the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche will be presenting another world premiere: the new 911 GT3. You will receive technical data and photos of this “racing car for the road” on February 28, 2006, the first press day in Geneva.
The 911 Turbo (Type 997) now has an output of 480 bhp at 6,000 revolutions per minute, 60 bhp more than its predecessor (Type 996). The specific output of the 3.6-litre boxer engine thus climbs to a new all-time high 133 bhp per liter of displacement. Rated torque has been increased from 413 to 457 lbs-ft. The speed range in which this power is available has also been extended. While the previous model’s maximum torque was available between 2,700 and 4,600 revolutions per minute, the corresponding figures are now 1,950 to 5,000 revs.
These improvements are translated into driving performance. The Porsche 997 Turbo with six-speed manual transmission requires 3.9 seconds for the standard sprint from zero to 62mph. The coupé reaches the 124 mph mark in 12.8 seconds. And just 3.8 seconds are all it takes for the most powerful series-built 911 model of all time to accelerate from 50 to 75 mph in fifth gear. Despite these enhanced performance statistics, Porsche developers succeeded in reducing average fuel consumption by one tenth to 12.8 liters per 100 62 miles.
The 911 Turbo (997) with the optionally available Tiptronic S automatic transmission puts in an even more impressive performance. An optimized setup gives the vehicle the wherewithal to power from zero to one hundred in just 3.7 seconds and to reach 124 mph after a mere 12.2 seconds.
The Turbo with automatic transmission also has the advantage when it comes to flexibility. In penultimate gear it accelerates from 50 to 75 mph in 3.5 seconds. Fuel consumption by the Tiptronic S variant is 0.3 liters lower than that of its predecessor: 13.6 liters in accordance with the EU standard. Both transmission variants have a top speed of 192 mph.
The vehicle’s flexibility can be enhanced even further with the optional “Sport Chrono Package Turbo”, available for the first time. Here the driver selects the “sports button” adjacent to the gear lever to activate a short-time “overboost” at full throttle. This increases boost pressure in the mid speed range by 0.2 bar for up to ten seconds; torque rises from 60 to 680 Newtonmeters. The time required by the 997 Turbo with manual transmission for intermediate acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h is reduced by 0.3 seconds to 3.5 seconds.
These performance figures owe themselves to exhaust turbochargers with variable turbine geometry, featuring for the first time in a gasoline engine model. At the heart of this technology are adjustable guide blades, which direct the engine exhaust flow variably and precisely onto the turbine wheel of the exhaust turbocharger. The principle of variable turbine geometry unites the advantages of small and large exhaust turbochargers and leads to a discernable improvement in flexibility and acceleration, particularly at low speeds.
To transfer the available power to the road, the new generation of the 911 Turbo features a redesigned all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled multi-disc clutch. Porsche Traction Management (PTM) ensures variable power distribution to the two driven axles. Depending on the driving conditions, the all-wheel electronics system constantly determine the optimal torque distribution to ensure the best-possible drive. In practice this translates as high agility on narrow country roads, outstanding traction in rain and snow and optimal active safety even at high speeds. These properties make the Porsche Traction Management system in the 997 Turbo one of the most powerful and, at the same time, lightest all-wheel systems on the market.
The new 911 Turbo’s driving performance is duly tempered by its brake system, which comprises monobloc fixed-caliper disc brakes with six pistons at the front axle and four at the rear.
In comparison with the Type 996, the diameter of the internally ventilated and perforated brake discs at the front and rear wheels has been increased by 20 millimeters to 350 millimeters. As an option, Porsche is also offering its optimized ceramic brake system, PCCB (Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake). The advantages of this high-tech material mean a reduction of 37 lbs compared to the standard brake system, excellent fading stability owing to consistent friction values and absolute corrosion resistance. The brakes now have a diameter of 380 millimeters at the front axle and 350 millimeters at the rear.
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