The New Porsche 911 Turbo
The up and coming 40th birthday celebration of the Porsche 911 Turbo is nearly upon us, and Porsche are marking the occasion with a new generation car. This is set to be the fastest and most powerful car to date. It will be a technical masterpiece with unsurpassed levels of sophistication, and will be labelled as the 991 Series.
The new 2013 car will be the 6th generation of the Turbo, and is due to be unmasked this September. It is likely that this event will be during the Frankfurt Motor Show, and there are rumours that the even more powerful Turbo “S” will make an appearance also. In standard specification it will have 4WD with a 3.8 litre twin turbo flat six producing a quite staggering 513bhp. Hark back to the original 1974 offering and this is just about double the 256bhp on offer then. The “S” model will be pushing 552bhp which will provide this car with an admirable 0-62mph sprint in just 3.1 secs and onto a top speed of 198mph.
The new car is also bigger than its predecessor by 4cm in length and 2.80cm in width (mainly due to the flared rear wheel arches that the Turbo offering adopts). The kerb weight has also been reduced, mainly down to the integration of aluminium into the body structure which improves the all important power to weight ratio. The wheel base extends by 100mm and accommodates 20” wheels with 4 wheel steering. This is assisted by the addition of a revised aerodynamic package front and rear to enhance the levels of grip, down force and driving experience whilst the carbon ceramic brakes help when hard braking is required!
Bizarrely, for the very first time since inception the Turbo is not available with a manual gearbox. The twin clutch 7-speed ‘box is the only option available, and coupled with the new acoustic traits the engine adopts it has a very pleasurable sound track as well. The estimated price tag will start around £118K so it’s not cheap. However, there are not many cars in existence that will put a smile on your face to the extent of the new 911 Turbo!
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6 August 2013
Written by Simon