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2016 Porsche 911 Turbo revealed… here in May 2016

The 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S models have been revealed with a physical unveiling set for the Detroit Motor Show in January… they’ll launch in Australia in May.

THE 2016 PORSCHE 911 TURBO and Turbo S models have been revealed overnight via a handful of images. Boasting more power than its predecessor the new Turbo and Turbo S will get their official unveiling at the Detroit Motor Show in January with sales expected to begin here in May next year.

According to Porsche, the new 911 Turbo and Turbo S models boast 15kW more than their predecessors “a sharpened design and improved features”. The Turbo and Turbo S will be available in both coupe and cabriolet versions from the start.

The bi-turbo six-cylinder 3.8-litre engine in the 911 Turbo now produces 397kW which is up 15kW, as mentioned, thanks to modified inlet ports in the cylinder head, new injection nozzles and higher fuel pressure. The 911 Turbo S offers 427kW thanks to new turbochargers with larger compressors.

Of note is a new function that Porsche calls dynamic boost which is a fancy way of saying the charge pressure will remain for a moment even if the accelerator pedal is briefly released. And this has been achieved by “interrupting fuel injection, whereas the throttle valve remains open. As a result, the engine reacts with practically no delay to another press of the accelerator pedal. The effects of this function are more pronounced in the Sport and Sport Plus modes than in Normal mode”. Interesting.

But the real kicker for the 911 Turbo is way it’s able to melt your eyeballs via its acceleration to 100km/h… the Turbo will hit the legal limit in 3.0 seconds, while the more-power Turbo S is just a touch quicker at 2.9 seconds. And, while Porsche claims combined fuel consumption is just 9.1-9.3L/100km depending on the model, we’d suggest you won’t get anywhere near that in the real world.

Inside, The 911 Turbo and Turbo S get get a new GT sport steering wheel which is inspired by the tiller in the 918 Spyder. It comes with what is known as a “mode switch” as standard. The switch is a rotary dial with stepped positions used to select one of the four modes Normal, Sport, Sport Plus or Individual.

Here’s how Porsche describes it: “The Individual setting lets the driver configure and store a custom vehicle setup. Another new feature of the Sport Chrono Package is the Sport Response button at the centre of the dial. Inspired by motor racing, it preconditions the engine and gearbox for the best possible response at the push of a button. In this mode, the Turbo and Turbo S can produce optimal acceleration for up to 20 seconds, such as when overtaking. An indicator in the instrument cluster in the form of a running timer shows the driver the elapsed time. Sport Response can be called up as often as desired and from any of the driving modes”.

As you would expect, the 911 Turbo and Turbo S are based off the current Carrera models in terms of styling. From the side, the high-performance 911s boast new 20-inch wheels. On the 911 Turbo S, for instance, the centre lock wheels now feature seven, instead of 10, double spokes. Also new are the wheel dimensions for the 911 Turbo: with 9 J x 20 at the front and 11.5 J x 20 at the rear (each now half an inch wider) matching the wheels sizes of the 911 Turbo S.

Along with the generation change in models, the newly developed infotainment system, PCM with navigation, is making its way into the cockpits of the 911 Turbo models as standard.

This system can be used via an multi-touch monitor with high-quality glass surface, which is integrated into the centre console, it offers, as standard, Connect Plus module and Apple CarPlay. In addition, the system can now process handwritten inputs. As in the previous models, the Bose sound system is offered as standard; a Burmester high-end surround sound system can be delivered as an option.

Local pricing will be announced closer to the launch next year.

911 Turbo S


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Isaac Bober

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