Porsche 911 Turbo goes on sale this week
No more wainting! The hot Porsche Turbo will go on sale this week. The 2007 911 Turbo goes on sale June 24, 2006 in North America. The official on-sale date is June 24 in the U.S. and in Canada.
The new 911 Turbo meets the highest expectations in terms of engine performance. The classic flat-six unit develops 353 kW (480 bhp) at 6,000 rpm from a 3.6-litre displacement. Maximum torque of 620 Nm is available between 1,950 and 5,000 rpm. To achieve that capability, we’ve combined VarioCam Plus with twin turbocharger units featuring Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) - a totally new technology on a petrol-engined car. With a standard manual gearbox, the new 911Turbo requires just 3.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h (62 mph). Equipped with the latest optional Tiptronic S transmission, the car is 0.2 seconds quicker on the standard sprint. Benchmark times to 200 km/h (124 mph) are 12.8 and 12.2 seconds, respectively. Maximum speed with either transmission is 310 km/h (193 mph).
One of the most important engine technologies, appearing for the first time on a Porsche, is Variable Turbine Geometry (see page 32). The main components on this system are the adjustable guide vanes which channel the exhaust flow onto the turbines, enabling higher turbine speeds at lower engine rpm. The most difficult challenge when developing this technology was the high exhaustgas temperature of around 1,000 ºC, which is unique to a petrol engine. This enormous thermal load is considerably greater than the 700 ºC typically encountered on a diesel-powered car. It was only possible to bridge this gap using materials developed for aerospace applications. The primary benefits of Variable Turbine Geometry include faster response, higher torque output from lower engine speeds, and greater top-end power. Maximum torque is also available over a wider engine speed range. By eliminating the problem of ‘turbo lag’, the traditional weakness of the turbocharged engine is finally a thing of the past.
One of the most innovative new Porsche features is the unique Fast-Off feature that prevents the Tiptronic S transmission from upshifting, even if the driver does not release the gas pedal completely. This improves driving dynamics, particularly on winding or serpentine roads. The new Fast-Back function enables the driver to downshift more quickly when applying the brakes in a sporting style, when moving over quickly from the accelerator to the brake pedal. When braking into a bend, for example, Fast-Back automatically helps select the proper gear for subsequently accelerating out of the bend.
This and the multitude of other active safety features are joined by Porsche’s renowned standard safety features on the new Turbo that include: full-size airbags for the driver and front passenger, with an entire range of six airbags including two head airbags in the side window sills interacting in a side-on collision with thorax airbags in the front seat backrests. The six airbags mentioned consist of two full-size two-stage frontal airbags and the trendsetting Porsche Side Impact Protection (POSIP) system.
Other significant advancements for the new 911 Turbo include: a underfloor of that is enclosed almost completely to ensure consistent airflow conditions, reducing turbulence and air swirl to a minimum; and to meet the greater cooling requirements of the more powerful engine and to ensure an ample flow of cooling air, the entire air flow system has been modified by adding a special bypass. Additionally, nineteen-inch forged wheels, developed exclusively for the 2007 911 Turbo in a two-tone, tri-spoke design, add a particularly stylish touch to the car. Apart from lower weight, forging technology helps reduce the cross-section of the spokes to a minimum, providing a clear, unobstructed view of the brake calipers.