Report: New Porsche 911 Turbo Losing Manual Transmission; Lapping Nurburgring in Under 7:30
It started with the 2014 911 GT3, and a report from Road and Track claims that Porsche decided that the new-generation 911 Turbo will also be offered only with a PDK gearbox. So those of you who were hoping for a manual 911, you’ll have to hurry and snag one up in the current generation.
Along with the transmission shift, the report also claims the new 911 Turbo will offer lots of innovations, like a computer-controlled center differential, water-cooled Haldex unit and rear active steering for more maneuverability. Also, when compared to a base 911, the new-generation Turbo will be about 2.8 inches wider and, for the first time, the car’s roof can either be painted or made in glass or carbon fiber.
The base Turbo model will deliver a total of 520 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, while in the S version it will be increased to 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet. Top speed will be limited to 196 mph, but if the tires could handle it, it could have been easily increased to 207 mph. Fuel consumption has also been lowered by 13 percent.
We have kept the best for last. The current 911 Turbo lapped Nürburgring in 7:39 (7:37 for the S version) and rumors now point to the new Turbo to coming in at way under 7:30. Could it beat Carrera GT’s 7:25? We’ll see.
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The first-generation 911 Turbo (Type 930) arrived on the market in 1974 and with every new-generation 911, Porsche offered a Turbo variant. The current-generation - 997 Turbo - was unveiled at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show and it has been on sale ever since.
For the new-generation - 991 Turbo - Porsche has prepared a series of updates on both exterior and interior, and most importantly, under the hood. Of course, this does not mean we are going to see a revolution when it comes to the exterior look, but we do expect to see a sportier 911 Turbo.
When it comes to the engines, we have heard all kind of rumors, including the possibility of 550 horsepower in the base version. Quite unlikely though.
Expect the new 911 Turbo to arrive later this summer.
Source: Road And Track