After years of skipping the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, during the economic downturn, Porsche came back with a vengeance and in 2016 will be turbocharging its presence with the new 2017 911 Turbos.
Available in coupe and convertible bodystyles, the new Turbo and Turbo S will find 20 more horsepower under their hoods (the 3.8-litre horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine now makes 540 hp and 580 on the S version), a sharper look and more features.
The increase in horsepower was achieved through modifications to the cylinders’ intake ports, fuel injectors and increased fuel pressure. Further, the S uses new turbochargers with larger impellers, and new engine mapping to raise the redline by 200 rpm. The result is zero to 100 m/h times in about 3 seconds (for the Turbo S coupe and only minimally slower in the Turbo) and top speeds of 330 km/h and 318, respectively.
Computers also adapt the throttle response, by interrupting fuel delivery while keeping the throttle valve partially open (resulting in practically no lag under varying throttle applications), and transmission management, all to also make the cars more economical.
The Sport Chrono Package is now standard, which adds the GT sport steering wheel borrowed from the 918 Spyder. The steering wheel features a rotary ring with steps to choose the drivetrain modes (Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual) and a black Sport Response button that preps the engine and transmission for optimal responsiveness and acceleration (lasting up to 20 seconds).
Porsche’s Stability Management system (PSM) can be programmed to higher thresholds, which means it will allow the driver to take the car closer to its limits before the nanny kicks in to help restore trajectory. It can also be completely switched off. The Porsche Active Suspension (PASM) is also standard and now has greater differentiation between comfort and performance modes. Parking assist and rearview camera are also now standard, and the Turbo S model has even more standards, with active roll stabilization and ceramic brakes added to the list.
Options on all models include a lane-change assist system and a height adjustable front axle.