HEADED FOR SA: The updated Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S will arrive South Africa later in 2016. Image: Newspress
London, England - Porsche has revealed its updated 911 Turbo and Turbo S models ahead of the official debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2016.
Both models receive more power, tweaked design and what Porsche calls "everyday usability."
Porsche South Africa confirms the new models will arrive locally later in 2016.
The 911 Turbo and Turbo S, available in both Coupe and Convertible guise, are powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8 litre flat-six engine. The 911 Turbo has an output of 397kW while the Turbo S is capble of 427kW courtesy of its new turbochargers with larger compressors.
The engines sports a 'dynamic boost function' to further raise engine responsiveness in dynamic operation, says Porsche. It maintains the charge pressure during load changes (i.e. when the accelerator pedal is released briefly). This is achieved by just interrupting the fuel injection, whereas the throttle valve remains open.
0-100km/h sprint times
The 911 Turbo S Coupe sprints to 100k/h in 2.9 seconds. Its top speed has increased to 329km/h (up from 317km/h). The 911 Turbo reaches 100km/h in three seconds and on to a top speed of 318km/h (4km/h faster than the outgoing version).
Porsche claims fuel consumption has been lowered due to advances in electronic engine and transmission management with revised gear change mappings.
Standard GT wheel
The new 911 Turbo, Turbo S feature as standard the new GT sport steering wheel – 360mm in diameter and with a design adopted from the 918 Spyder hypercar.
Drivers can select one of four modes; Normal, Sport, Sport Plus or Individual. The Individual setting allows the driver to configure and store a very individual vehicle setup.
The Sport Chrono Package features a sport response button; at the push of "the vehicle can produce instantaneous acceleration for up to 20 seconds".
The chassis of the new 911 Turbo models with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard. In addition, the 911 Turbo S offers a full complement of equipment for dynamic driving: Porsche dynamic chassis control (roll compensation is standard as is the Porsche ceramic composite brakes system).
The newly-formed nose with side-mounted airblades and laid out narrow LEDs with double fillets give the front end a wider look, further complemented by the additional fin in the central air intake.
WATCH: The new 911 Turbo in action
In profile, the high-performance sports car boasts new design 20" diameter wheels. On the 911 Turbo S, for instance, the centre lock wheels now feature seven instead of ten double spokes.
Also new are the wheel dimensions for the 911 Turbo: with 9J x 20 rims at the front and 11.5J x 20" rims at the rear, the new wheels are each half an inch wider than previously. They are now the same size as the wheels of the 911 Turbo S.
TOP MODEL: The new 911 Turbo and Turbo S (pictured) use as standard a steering wheel design adopted from the 918 Spyder. Image: Newspress