The 911 Turbo is getting faster and more powerful

The 991.2-generation Porsche 911 may be just a year old, but the German company is already working on the next iteration of the iconic sports car. Likely to be called the 992, the upcoming 911 is already being tested on public roads according to our paparazzi, who just sent us the first pictures with the coupe. Although the 992-gen 911 looks identical to the current model, that’s not to say that the upcoming sports car will carry over unchanged on the outside. The reason for the similar looks is that the 992 is still in its early stages of development, and thus Porsche uses the body of the current model, albeit with some modifications.

We don’t know much about the next-generation 911, but Porsche is working on a brand-new platform and new version of the existing engines. Alongside the standard model, Porsche will also launch a new Turbo variant, which will be sportier and will use a more powerful drivetrain. There’s no official word as to when it will arrive, but I expect it to break cover sometime in 2018. However, we should see an update model with the new styling features on the road by the end of 2017. Meanwhile, find out what we already know about the upcoming 911 Turbo in the speculative review below.

Updated 04/17/2018: The next generation Porsche 911 Turbo was caught testing once again around the famous Nurburgring race track.

Continue reading to learn more about the 992-generation Porsche 911 Turbo.

Spy Shots

April 17, 2018 - Porsche 992 Turbo caught testing on the Nurburgring

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June 20, 2017 - Porsche 992 Turbo caught testing at Nuburgring

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Exterior

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Much like all early prototypes, this 911 Turbo is actually the current 991.2-generation model fitted with extended fenders. So other than the fact that it will be wider and have wider tracks and tires front and rear, we don’t know much about it. However, based on the changes Porsche made to each generation of the 911, it’s safe to assume that the next-generation’s design will be evolutionary. All told, expect the car to remain relatively unchanged as far as shape and size go and retain the traditional, iconic cues of the original 911.

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Expect the car to remain relatively unchanged as far as shape and size go and retain the traditional, iconic cues of the original 911.

Look for similar oval headlamps, but with new LED lights, and a revised front bumper. The latter should have a more aggressive design, maybe with larger vents on each side and a new center section. A larger splitter is also on the table, as Porsche will be looking to make the Turbo even faster. Onto the sides, we should see mildly revised side skirts and fender intakes, as well as new side mirrors. Around back, we should see a new pair of taillights. Porsche already changed them for the 991.2 facelift, so it’s safe to assume that the new lamps won’t be very different. The Germans could choose to extend them more toward the center fascia, but I’m taking shots in the dark here.

A new bumper is also in the books, alongs with revised vents and new exhaust pipes. Again, don’t look for anything wild, but be prepared for something unique. Lastly, Porsche will most definitely create a new spoiler and new engine cover grille. All told, we should get a sportier, more menacing 911 Turbo for the next generation.

Interior

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Note: Porsche 918 Spyder interior pictured here.

It’s difficult to predict what Porsche plans to change on the inside, but I expect the 911 to keep the current format with the sporty center stack and instrument cluster. The Germans will probably aim to offer a more ergonomic control layout and a more aggressive center console similar to the 918 Spyder. The instrument cluster and the steering wheel will also be redesigned for a sportier look.

I expect the 911 to keep the current format with the sporty center stack and instrument cluster.

By the time the new 911 arrives, Porsche will also develop a new infotainment system, which will also bring a larger touchscreen, improved connectivity, and numerous cool features to use at the track. The seats will also be redesigned to offer improved comfort and better lateral support. As with most redesigns, the 992-generation 911 should come with improved, softer materials, new upholstery colors, and enhanced customizing options.

Drivetrain

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The big news here is that the 992-generation 911 Turbo will be first to crank out in excess of 600 horsepower.

There’s no confirmation as to whether the 911 Turbo will continue to use the current 3.8-liter flat-six or a brand-new engine, but it’s likely the upcoming drivetrain will be based on the existing one. The big news here is that the 992-generation 911 Turbo will be first to crank out in excess of 600 horsepower.

With the 991.2 facelift having brought an additional 20 horsepower to both the Turbo and Turbo S — taking them to 540 and 580 horses, respectively — it’s safe to assume that the range-topping model will arrive with at least 600; maybe even close to 620. The base Turbo model will probably have around 560 to 570 horsepower on tap.

The Sport Chrono package will also make a significant difference when added to the mix.

Porsche should also improve the dynamic boost function that improves engine response by maintaining charge pressure during load changes as well as find way to improve fuel economy even more. The Sport Chrono package will also make a significant difference when added to the mix.

Performance-wise, both the Turbo and Turbo S should be quicker. The current Turbo hits 60 mph from a stop in just 2.9 seconds, with a top speed 198 mph, while the 911 Turbo S reaches the benchmark in just 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 205 mph. These figures are already downright amazing, but with new engines and chassis, Porsche should be able to shave a tenth-second of the 0-to-60 mph sprint. Specifically, look for the Turbo to get there in 2.8 clicks and the Turbo S to hit 60 mph in 2.7 ticks.

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Performance-wise, both the Turbo and Turbo S should be quicker.

Top speed should also increase, but not by much. The Turbo will step into 200-mph territory for the first time at around 201 mph, while the Turbo S should be able to do 207 mph.

In the transmission department, there will be a new seven-speed manual and a revised PDK automatic with quicker-than-ever shifting potential.

Prices

As it usually happens when new models are released, the 992-generation Turbo will be a bit more expensive than the outgoing model. I’d venture to say that Porsche will increase prices by at least $5,000, so the Turbo will come in at around $167,000 before options. The Turbo S, on the other hand, will cost well in excess of the current $190,700, but it won’t go into $200,000 territory before options.

Competition

Mercedes-AMG GT

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The AMG GT may be an entirely different vehicle due to its front-engined configuration, but Mercedes-Benz developed it specifically as a competitor for the Porsche 911. Sporting a classic grand tourer design that still retains a few styling cues seen on the discontinued SLS AMG, the AMG GT is also on par with the 911 in terms of luxury features. Under the hood, it also uses a turbocharged engine, in the form of a 4.0-liter V-8, but it’s not as powerful as the 911 Turbo with the base model coming with 456 horsepower and 440 pound-feet on tap. The GT S version gets more oomph at 503 horses and 480 pound-feet, but it’s significantly slower from 0 to 60 mph at 3.7 seconds. Finally, the range-topping GT R cranks out 577 horsepower and 520 pound-feet, which places is as close as you can get to the 911 Turbo, but its 3.5-second sprint is more than a half-second behind the Porsche. But if you can live without the tremendous off-the-line sprints, the Mercedes-AMG GT is a solid alternative to the 911 Turbo, especially if you’re looking for a more affordable proposition. The base model retails from $111,200, while the GT S starts from $131,200. The GT R model costs $195,000 before options.

Find out more about the Mercedes-AMG GT here and GT R here.

Audi R8

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The R8 also uses a different type of layout, having its engine in the middle. Redesigned for 2016, the R8 gained a more angular, aggressive design and a revamped interior with better materials and state-of-the-art technology. It’s also significantly lighter than its predecessor thanks to extensive use of carbon-fiber, aluminum, and CFRP. Faster and more nimble, the new R8 uses an updated 5.2-liter V-10 engine that delivers 540 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque in the base model. Upgrade to Plus specification and the output increases to 610 horses and 413 pound-feet of twist. However, despite being more powerful than the current 911 Turbo S, the R8 V10 Plus isn’t quicker, needing 3.2 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start. Top speed, on the other hand, is on par with the Porsche at 205 mph. Pricing for the R8 starts from $162,900, while the Plus model retails from $189,900.

Learn more about the Audi R8 here.

Conclusion

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While it may be too early for a proper conclusion, it’s safe to assume that the 992-generation 911 will be a significant improvement over the current model. Anything else would be a failure and Porsche is perfectly aware of that. Tradition requires the German firm to deliver increasingly better vehicles and the 911 is a nameplate that’s bound to improve every few years in order to survive.

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    • * A bit expensive compared to its rivals
    • * At least a year away

References

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Read our full review on the current generation 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo.

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Read our full review on the next generation 2019 Porsche 911.

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Update History

Updated 06/20/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Porsche 911 Turbo out for a new testing session around Nürburgring.

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