Porsche’s 991 Turbo Is Finally Here

image00007In seven and a half minutes, one can do alot with his or her time.  For example, one can make him or herself healthier through a brief  exercise, one can also read a newspaper article and touch up on their worldly understandings.  Porsche claims that, in the right hands, one can take the new 991 generation 911 Turbo S around the Nordschleife in  less than that amount of time.

Porsche has finally revealed their 911 Turbo and Turbo S models for the 991 generation and will officially show it to public eyes at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the same place that the first 911 Turbo was revealed almost forty years ago.  However, other than the turbocharged bit, that’s where the similarities end.

First things first, the Turbo shares its all-wheel steering with the 991 GT3 and also features a new four-wheel drive system that is different from the Carrera 4.  Certainly different from the rear-wheel drive Turbos.

The new Turbo will come with two variants: the ‘regular’ Turbo and the maniacal Turbo S.  The base Turbo comes with a hefty $148,300 price tag and is equipped with 520 horsepower on tap.  And that’s alot.  However, it’s in the S trim of the 991 Turbo where things get really crazy, so brace yourselves, this is the scary bit: a $181,100 tag is the asking price of the 560 horsepower 911 Turbo variant.  Yes, you read that correctly, 560.  That’s only two less than a Ferrari 458 Italia, but this is from a Porsche!

It has been interesting to note the lack of criticism towards the Turbo featuring a PDK seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in comparison to that of the new GT3.  Maybe it’s the fact that the Turbo has been more of a well-kept secret than the GT3, but considering the fact that the GT3 will only be coming with paddle-shifters and watching the Nurburgring testing videos with properly quick upshifts it should be with no surprise that the Turbo will only be available with the PDK transmission.

What does all of this power translate into?  A boatload of performance, that’s what.  In the Turbo, the sprint to sixty takes just 3.2 seconds (only possible with the Sports Chrono Package Plus) while the Turbo S trim completes the dash in 3.1 seconds, a tenth of a second quicker than the claimed 0-60 time of the 997 Turbo S.

As mentioned earlier, the all-new Turbo shares the same all-wheel steering featured on the GT3.  In words, the wheels are turned in opposite directions by the system at speeds below 30 mph, but they are turned in the same direction with speeds of over 50 mph.  Adding on to the chassis and suspension features is PDCC active anti-roll control, carbon-ceramic brakes and also active aerodynamics.

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A convertible version of the 991 Turbo can be expected in the near future and word on the street is that there is a GT2 model coming on the way.  American buyers will have to wait until the end of the year before they can get their hands on the steering wheel of the new Turbo.

Final words?  While the styling isn’t too over the top, it certainly demonstrates innovation in the car’s engineering and its brilliance, that is if Porsche 911 innovation can really even be noticed.  The car does still pertain some of the looks that caused the 911 to stick, both in the minds of enthusiasts and the walls of a 1980s 12-year-old’s room.  There is a bit of a whale fin at the back, but the real point that is the talking point of all is this car’s performance.

Knowing Porsche, 0-60 in 3.1 seconds and 560 horsepower is likely to be an understatement.  A sub 0-60 sprint sounds more like it, and 580-plus  horsepower seems to be more in the ballpark of performance.  It’ll be interesting to see what this car can do, as enthusiasts the world over will be eagerly awaiting the first road tests and videos of it in action, although you can watch the 991 Turbo testing on the ‘ring.  Forty years is a long time, although visually Porsche hasn’t seen much change.  But this car is certainly pushing the limit.

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