It was at the 1974 Paris Motor Show when the German sports car maker Porsche unveiled a turbocharged version of the classic 911 for the first time when they pulled the covers back off of a 3.0 Liter Porsche 930 Turbo, a model which at the time amazed audiences with its 260 HP maximum output and the ability to reach a 155 MPH top speed. In 2009 the 911 Turbo entered its seventh generation, with considerable performance improvements resulting in a Carrera Turbo that is almost twice as powerful as the original.
Even if the design has changed, the new Turbo remains unmistakably a 911, with a sporty focus on the driving essentials. The outer air intakes on the front apron now come with titanium colored slats. Sitting low to their left and right are the new daytime running lights in the same manner as the LED indicators and safety is even further enhanced with the optional dynamic cornering light function while the side mirrors have been revised for a better rearward visibility. At the rear of the new Turbo, the Porsche wears a new set of distinctive LED taillights that have a tapered design and extend deep into the contours of the rear fascia. The fast response LED brake lights underline the car’s purposeful look and enhance active safety by offering more warning to traffic approaching from the rear.
As with the outgoing 2006 Turbo model, the flat six cylinder engine features a pair of snails with Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG), but the new unit’s displacement has been increased to 3.8 Liters and now develops 500 HP and as much as 516 lb-ft of torque with the Sport Chrono Package. This allows the new 91 Turbo to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in only 3.4 seconds and reach a 194 MPH top speed when it goes on sale in the U.S. on January 30 with the coupe being priced at $132,800 and $143,800 for the cabriolet.
Press release after the jump.
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is proudly presenting a new top model at the pinnacle of its broad range of production sports cars: The new Porsche 911 Turbo combines far-reaching innovations in technology with fine tuning and supreme refinement in design. All key features of this high-performance sports car have been significantly improved, the new 911 Turbo combining a substantial improvement in fuel efficiency and lower weight with more power, even higher speed, and enhanced driving dynamics.
Particularly in terms of fuel economy and dynamic performance, the new top-of-the-range 911 from Zuffenhausen now stands out even more than before from its competitors in the market. Porsche’s new top model will be presented to the public for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show from 17 - 27 September.
The heart and highlight of the seventh generation of the Turbo is the new power unit displacing 3.8 litres and delivering maximum output of 500 bhp (368 kW). The first entirely new engine in the 35-year-history of the Turbo comes with features such as Direct Fuel Injection and Porsche’s exclusive turbocharger with variable turbine geometry on a gasoline power unit. And as an option, the new six-cylinder may be combined for the first time with Porsche’s seven-speed PDK Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (Double-Clutch Gearbox).
Models equipped with PDK are also available with a new, optional three-spoke steering wheel with gearshift paddles as an alternative to the standard steering wheel with its proven shift buttons. Fitted firmly on the steering wheel, the right paddle is for shifting up, the left paddle for shifting down. In conjunction with the optional Sport Chrono Package Turbo both the gearshift paddle and the PDK steering wheel with its shift buttons come with integrated displays for Launch Control and the Sport/Sport Plus mode, which are however designed differently on the two steering wheels.
The combination of PDK, Direct Fuel Injection and turbocharging ensures an unprecedented standard of efficiency, agility, responsiveness and performance, the Porsche 911 Turbo reducing CO2 emissions versus its predecessor by almost 18 per cent and therefore ranking unique in its segment also in this respect. Depending on the configuration of the car, the new top model requires just 11.4 - 11.7 ltr/100 km (equal to 24.8 - 24.1 mpg imp) under the EU5 standard. And unlike most other cars in its segment, the new Turbo remains even further below the crucial level of fuel consumption for gas guzzler tax in the USA, the special tax imposed on cars with substantial fuel consumption. All this despite acceleration to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. Top speed, in turn, is 312 km/h or 194 mph.
The Turbo driver of the future will also enjoy a further improvement in driving dynamics, detailed enhancement of PTM fully controlled all-wheel drive and PSM Porsche Stability Management being further supported by new PTV Porsche Torque Vectoring available as an option. This makes the car even more agile and precise in its steering for an even higher level of driving pleasure.
Sales of the new Porsche 911 Turbo in both Coupé and Cabriolet guise are starting in Germany on 21 November 2009. The Euro base price without value-added tax and national specifications is Euro 122,400.- for the Coupé and Euro 131,800.- for the Cabriolet. The gross retail price in Germany, therefore, is Euro 145,871.- for the Coupé and Euro 157,057.- for the Cabriolet, in each case including 19% value-added tax and national specifications.
A characteristic feature of the most powerful production 911 is the front apron with large cooling air intakes and bar-shaped LED direction indicators. New features are the titaniumcoloured louvers in the side air intakes and LED daytime driving lights replacing the conven - tional foglamps.
Available for the first time as an option on the new 911 Turbo, dynamic bending lights improve illumination of bends in the road ahead by the headlight module following the course of the road by swivelling in their angle up to 15o. Indeed, the sophisticated design of this doublelens projection system bears out the progressive and striking character of the new 911 Turbo most convincingly.
In their new design, the double-arm exterior mirrors offer a better view to the rear and pro - vide optimised aerodynamics with the mirror glass better protected from dirt.
Nineteen-inch Turbo II wheels in forged technology and twin-tone looks featured as standard on the new 911 Turbo provide a particularly appealing touch in terms of style and design. The rear view of the new 911 Turbo is even more powerful and muscular, not only on account of the classic split wing, but also and above all due to the newly designed rear lights in LED technology and the much larger tailpipes.
The latest generation of the top 911 in the range also comes with a new generation of stee - ring wheels. Models with the manual gearbox feature a new three-spoke sports steering wheel in modified design as standard. Cars with the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe are available for the first time as an alternative to the PDK steering wheel featuring its proven shift buttons with a new, optional three-spoke sports steering wheel complete with gearshift paddles.
These shift paddles are fitted firmly on the steering wheel, the right paddle serving to shift up, the left paddle to shift down.
In conjunction with the optional Sport Chrono Package Turbo both the paddle and the PDK steering wheel come with push buttons and integrated displays. As a function of the button pressed, either the “Sport” or the “Sport Plus” light will switch on. And if the driver has acti - vated Launch Control, this function is also shown.
On the PDK steering wheel these displays are housed in an additional binnacle above the airbag module, on the new sports steering wheel with its gearshift paddles in the right and left double spoke.
The interior combines impressive design with carefully thought-out technology to provide even more of the sporting style you’d expect from the 911 Turbo.
Efficient ergonomics are also used to the best advantage. All models come with 8 way power seats as standard featuring full electric adjustment of fore/aft position, height, backrest and seat cushion angle, as well as lumbar support. Comfort is assured thanks to excellent lateral support and greater headroom. Available as a no-cost option, the manually adjustable sport seats have firmer upholstery. Other options include adaptive sport seats or sport bucket seats.
The new 911 models are equipped as standard with PCM. The central control system for all audio, navigation and communication functions, PCM is powerful, versatile and easy to use. The key feature of PCM is the 6.5-inch touchscreen display offering intuitive access to all functions. With the standard navigation module, it enables easy destination input as well as fast access to points of interest (POIs) by simply tapping on the respective map icons. You can also add ’via’ points quickly and easily after you’ve commenced your journey. If you prefer, you can operate PCM as before using the right-hand rotary push-button control.
To enable Bluetooth® connection for those mobile phones that support the Handsfree Profile (HFP), an optional handsfree phone interface is available. With HFP, the PCM act as a hands-free system. The mobile phone can remain tucked away. The PCM can be used to control functions of the phone. The universal audio interface provides three audio ports in the center console storage compartment. These can be used to connect an iPod®, USB memory stick/MP3 player or other audio devices with Aux-ln cable. The iPod® and memory stick can be operated via PCM, the optional multifunction steering wheel or optional voice control.
XM® Radio provides a wide variety of entertainment in music, sports, talk, comedy and news. You will get superior digital sound quality on over 170 channels coast to coast, including 71 channels of commercial-free music. XM also provides excellent sports coverage, from college sports, Major League Baseball® and the NHL® to the NBA and PGA TOUR®. On top of all of this great programming, you can now add The Best of SIRIUS to your XM radio and get Howard Stern, every NFL game, every NASCAR® race, plus even more great talk, entertainment and live sports.
Also available, XM® NavTraffic® is the nation’s first satellite-delivered traffic information service, enabling your vehicle’s navigation system to display continually updated current traffic conditions for your desired route. With XM NavTraffic it is possible for drivers in 80 markets to easily access critical and customized information such as traffic congestion, accidents, incidents, road construction, average speed, and estimated driving time. All infor->mation is compiled using the best verified national and local traffic data available. It transforms your navigation system from a device you use on occashon to something you’ll rely on every time you get behind the wheel.
Fitted as standard, the BOSE® Surround Sound System is custom-engineered to the unique interior acoustics of the 911 Turbo. Featuring a total of 13 loudspeakers (12 in the 911 Turbo Cabriolet), including an active sub woofer and central dashboard speaker, as well as a seven-channel digital amplifier with a nominal output of 385 Watts, it guarantees an incredible sound experience. When playing audio CD’s or DVD’s, the system makes full use of the impressive sound spectrum of 5.1 digital recordings.