In 2015, Porsche added turbochargers to the 911 Carrera range for the first time, in an effective but slightly controversial update. But for three decades, it’s had another turbocharged 911 – the original ‘Ur Turbo’. Which, up until now in 2015, has been overlooked…
Now the ‘real’ Turbo has restored its position at the head of the Porsche range, with a power boost for both the Turbo and Turbo S. Debuting at the North American International Auto Show in January 2016, the new Porsche 911 Turbo turbos are more powerful than ever.
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Both share an updated version of the existing 3.8-litre twin-turbo engine, with higher fuel pressure, new injectors and modified inlet ports. This pushes power up to 540hp in the Turbo and a whopping 580hp in the Turbo S.
Performance is truly eye-watering. The Turbo S Coupe is now capable of hitting 205mph – breaking the 200mph barrier for the first time – and accelerates from 0-62mph in just 2.9 seconds.
Even the regular Turbo Coupe can do 0-62mph in 3.0 seconds – yet both it and the Turbo S Coupe can also average 31mpg. That’s 2mpg better than before and means the 911 Turbo breaks the 30mpg mark for the first time, too.
Porsche’s even made sure the monstrously powerful Turbos respond even more quickly, thanks to a ‘dynamic boost function’. This keeps turbo boost pressure up even when the accelerator is briefly released – when, say, cornering in sporty, switchback driving – to ensure boost is instantly there when it’s pressed again.
Standard on all Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe and Cabriolet models is the Sport Chrono Package with Mode Switch – this is a rotary ring with four stepped positions to quickly engage the various driving modes.
The Mode Switch also has a Sport Response button in the centre; jab this and engine and gearbox are preconditioned for maximum response for up to 20 seconds. The steering wheel itself is modelled on the 918 Spyder. Called the GT wheel, it’s 360mm in diameter.
Porsche has upgraded the PCM infotainment system with online navigation (and better smartphone pairing), the PASM suspension offers a greater spread between sport and comfort, plus there are new settings for the PSM Porsche Stability Management system.
Subtly updated styling marks out the new 911 Turbo and Turbo S. The front and rear gain the revised styling of the regular 911 Carrera range, enhanced by Turbo-bespoke features. These include side-mounted airblades and narrow LED front lights with double fillets to give a wide and fittingly range-topping look. There’s also an extra fin in the front air intake.
Whopping 20-inch alloys are fitted as standard, with centre locks and seven instead of 10 spokes on the Turbo S. Both front and rear wheels on the Turbo are a full half-inch wider, for that classic ‘wide rubber’ 911 Turbo look (and making them the same size as the Turbo S).
Porsche has tweaked the exhaust openings and redesigned the twin tailpipes, while the rear engine lid grille is also new. The right and left sides have ‘longitudinal louvres’ and the centre section now has a separate cover feeding induction air to the engine.
911 Turbo prices
The new 911 Turbo and Turbo S are on sale now at Porsche dealers, for suitably range-topping prices:
- 911 Turbo: £126,925
- 911 Turbo Cabriolet: £135,766
- 911 Turbo S: £145,773
- 911 Turbo S Cabriolet: £154,614