Porsche is celebrating the 40th anniversary by announcing the next-generation of the rear-engined beast. The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S are here!
In the engine, the Turbo is a rear-mounted, turbocharged, 3.8-liter flat-six engine, making use of twin, variable-turbine-geometry turbos. For the standard Turbo, the result is 520 horsepower, a 0-60 miles per hour sprint of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph. If that isn’t quick enough for you, Porsche will also happily sell you a Turbo S with 560 horsepower, 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph.
All that engine power is managed by Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox, which would seem to be the only available transmission for the Turbo. The PDK transmission and turbo engine make use of a new thermal management system that, in concert with an auto stop/start system, are expected to make this 911 Turbo more fuel-efficient than ever.
Keeping the 911 in contact with the ground is of paramount importance, given the velocities at hand, so Porsche has also outlined a new all-wheel-drive system, with rear-wheel steering. The Porsche Traction Management AWD setup features electronically controlled and activated multi-plate coupling, is water-cooled and can drive higher levels of torque to the front wheels. The rear-wheel steer system consists of two electro-mechanical actuators in place of control links on the rear axles. These allow for 2.8-degrees of rear-wheel steering, and improved steering response and turn-in as a result.
Porsche has created a supercar-like wide body for this generation of Turbo; the new model is 1.1-inches wider than a Carrera 4 with hugely flared rear fenders. That big, low body rides on standard 20-inch aluminum wheels. You’ll be able to pick out the Turbo S by way of its standard full-LED headlights, as well. Active aero in the form of a deployable, three-stage front spoiler, and a three-way rear wing, is another first for the Turbo line. The overall effect is appropriately brutal for Porsche’s big boy 911.
the Turbo model will start at $149,250, while the Turbo S asks $182,050.