• Feb 13, 2006

The sixth-gen super-Porsche will officially debut at the Geneva Motor Show, but Porsche has already started its marketing blitz for the new Turbo. (Check out the "Masterwerk" mini-site here.)

Officially the Type 997, the 911 Turbo now puts out 480 hp @ 6000 rpm, a 60 hp improvement on the last version. Torque goes up, too, to a pavement-peeling 457 foot-pounds. With the six-speed manual transmission, the 0-62 mph sprint is over in just 3.9 seconds. All that power is managed by a redesigned AWD system, which replaces the previous version's viscous coupling with an electronically controlled multi-disc clutch.

The Turbo will be available in the U.S. in July, with a starting price of $122,900.

The new 911 Turbo will debut in Geneva alongside the new GT3 Cup competition model. Full press release and pic after the jump.

Porsche Press Release:


Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is extending its current product range with the addition of a new 911 Turbo. The sixth generation of the 911 series’ top-of-the-range model will be celebrating its world premiere on February 28, 2006 at the Geneva Motor Show and will be available in German dealerships as from June 24, 2006.

The 911 Turbo (Type 997) now has an output of 353 kW (480 bhp) at 6,000 revolutions per minute, 60 bhp more than its predecessor (Type 996). The specific output of the 3.6-litre boxer engine thus climbs to a new all-time high of 98 kW (133 bhp) per liter of displacement. Rated torque has been increased from 560 to 620 Newtonmeters. The speed range in which this power is available has also been extended. While the previous model’s maximum torque was available between 2,700 and 4,600 revolutions per minute, the corresponding figures are now 1,950 to 5,000 revs.

These improvements are translated into driving performance. The new 911 Turbo with six-speed manual transmission requires 3.9 seconds for the standard sprint from zero to 100 km/h. The coupé reaches the 200 km/h mark in 12.8 seconds. And just 3.8 seconds are all it takes for the most powerful series-built 911 model of all time to accelerate from 80 to 120 km/h in fifth gear. Despite these enhanced performance statistics, Porsche developers succeeded in reducing average fuel consumption by one tenth to 12.8 liters per 100 kilometers.

The 911 Turbo with the optionally available Tiptronic S automatic transmission puts in an even more impressive performance. An optimized setup gives the vehicle the wherewithal to power from zero to one hundred in just 3.7 seconds and to reach 200 km/h after a mere 12.2 seconds.

The Turbo with automatic transmission also has the advantage when it comes to flexibility. In penultimate gear it accelerates from 80 auf 120 km/h in 3.5 seconds. Fuel consumption by the Tiptronic S variant is 0.3 liters lower than that of its predecessor: 13.6 liters in accordance with the EU standard. Both transmission variants have a top speed of 310 km/h.

The vehicle’s flexibility can be enhanced even further with the optional “Sport Chrono Package Turbo”, available for the first time. Here the driver selects the “sports button” adjacent to the gear lever to activate a short-time “overboost” at full throttle. This increases boost pressure in the mid speed range by 0.2 bar for up to ten seconds; torque rises from 60 to 680 Newtonmeters. The time required by the 911 Turbo with manual transmission for intermediate acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h is reduced by 0.3 seconds to 3.5 seconds.

These performance figures owe themselves to exhaust turbochargers with variable turbine geometry, featuring for the first time in a gasoline engine model. At the heart of this technology are adjustable guide blades, which direct the engine exhaust flow variably and precisely onto the turbine wheel of the exhaust turbocharger. The principle of variable turbine geometry unites the advantages of small and large exhaust turbochargers and leads to a discernable improvement in flexibility and acceleration, particularly at low speeds.

To transfer the available power to the road, the new generation of the 911 Turbo features a redesigned all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled multi-disc clutch. Porsche Traction Management (PTM) ensures variable power distribution to the two driven axles. Depending on the driving conditions, the all-wheel electronics system constantly determine the optimal torque distribution to ensure the best-possible drive. In practice this translates as high agility on narrow country roads, outstanding traction in rain and snow and optimal active safety even at high speeds. These properties make the Porsche Traction Management system in the new 911 Turbo one of the most powerful and, at the same time, lightest all-wheel systems on the market.

The new 911 Turbo’s driving performance is duly tempered by its brake system, which comprises monobloc fixed-caliper disc brakes with six pistons at the front axle and four at the rear.

In comparison with the Type 996, the diameter of the internally ventilated and perforated brake discs at the front and rear wheels has been increased by 20 millimeters to 350 millimeters. As an option, Porsche is also offering its optimized ceramic brake system, PCCB (Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake). The advantages of this high-tech material mean a reduction of 17 kilograms compared to the standard brake system, excellent fading stability owing to consistent friction values and absolute corrosion resistance. The brakes now have a diameter of 380 millimeters at the front axle and 350 millimeters at the rear.

A characteristic design feature of the new 911 Turbo is the modified front end with its distinctive, tautly drawn cooling air inlets. In conjunction with the standard-equipment oval bi-xenon headlights, they define its unmistakable image. The harmonious front view is enhanced by widely placed and deep-set fog lights and by new LED flashers, which are situated in the lateral air inlets of the front end. From the rear perspective too, the Turbo takes on a more powerful appearance. This is due first and foremost to its tail end, 22 millimeters wider than that of the previous model, to which the redesigned wing spoiler element has been aligned. It now slopes downward slightly at the sides to nestle into the contours of the rear fenders. The lateral air inlets behind the doors have also been redrawn and, together with the new air ducts, afford a more efficient supply of cooling air to the charge-air intercoolers.

The basic Euro price for the 911 Turbo is 115,000 Euros. In Germany it is available for 133,603 Euros including value added tax and country-specific requirements. In the USA the 911 Turbo is priced at 122,900 Dollars (not including taxes), and will be available as from July 8, 2006.

In addition to the 911 Turbo, as a special surprise at the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche will be presenting another world premiere: the new 911 GT3. You will receive technical data and photos of this “racing car for the road” on February 28, 2006, the first press day in Geneva.


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      Richard
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is my third Porsche and I am so happy with Porsche. The design is legendary as the Porsche name.

      As far as design change, Porsche need not do a thing. Look at the Mercedes SL series with the wedge shape being their worst. I use to own a 380SL. The 380 was crap but the design was very nice. Now look at Mercedes' designs....with the look of the SLK.

      Mercedes is heading down the flusher, just like Ford, GM
      • 8 Years Ago
      i think this porsche is awesome. i agree, the porsche is about evolution, but not so much evolution that it wont even look like a 911. the 959 and carera gt are once in a lifetime cars(they are both awesome but are in a class of their own). porsche rules and none can argue with that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gorgeous!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Turbo is for goldchain posers... and their wives.

      The 911GT3, on the other hand, is the driver's car.
      PostOfficeVin
      • 8 Years Ago
      HAHA!! AWD or not 480hp for $123K is ridiculous...Some retard said 480hp on a 3.6L not even a supercharged northstar can make that kind of power...3.8L turbocharged GrandNational Motor making 900hp with a twin turbo setup for $18K...I seen an 81 Z28 with a 383 stroker sbc beat a 911 off the green light so porsche isnt that impressive...Anyone who would take a 911 over a Z06 should have a 911 dropped on their head...
      Frank Burkhard, Jr.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sorry, but this is NOT the first gasoline powered engine to have a variable geometry turbo. The 1989 Shelby and 1990 Dodge had optional Garrett VNT (variable nozzle turbo) that reduced turbo lag. So Don't brag about being first, Porsche!
      Marc
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow. The 997 is even more gorgeous than the 996 (and this is coming from a die hard Chevy fan). I personally think those wheels fit the car's attitude and styling perfectly, sure beats the wheels from the 996 models. 460 horsepower from 3.6 liters of displacement? That's amazing. What I'm curious about is it's handling numbers, what does it pull on the skidpad and slalom? All in all this is an amazing car, if Porche completely redesigned them then they wouldn't be Porches! Now, to spend 120k on a 911 Turbo or 70K on a 505hp 2006 ZO6???
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who cares about pretty (though the 997's are all amazingly beautiful imho). This is a masterpiece of a car and i'd rather have this than any ferrari or lambo out there. I'll take one in black, and a cayman to keep it company in the garage.
      Lori
      • 8 Years Ago
      How can ANYONE use the word "hideous" and PORSCHE in the same text. Obviously your taste is not that of a true Porsche enthusiast. Porsche as someone stated is classic and I would be a bit disappointed if they changed it TOO much. No other car stands out quite like a Porsche. If you were driving down the street and saw say the new 911 Turbo, don't tell me the majority of the people would drool over it while if you say saw the Mercedes coupe, and while it is a beautiful car, I'm going to pay much more attention to the Porsche. The new 911 is gorgeous as are ALL Porsches. Never seen one yet I didn't love.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Porsches are about engineering solutions over apparent contradictions. The only way to truly understand it is to experience it. Put the engine in the back to help traction during acceleration & to keep weight over the rear wheels during braking. Put the ignition key to the right of the wheel to free up the left hand for the shifter when starting the car etc. Uncompromising solutions completely focused on what makes the best engineering sense from a driver's requirements and to hell with convention. That's a Porsche and every evolution of the 911 has adhered to this directive. Nothing else comes close. (Proud owner '94 964)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow ! !, but what's with those cheesey looking wheels ?
      • 8 Years Ago
      You haters are nuts. You're talking about a daily driver with a 3.6L engine putting out 480hp! doing 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds, all doing this in AWD. I personally love the styling, its still classic. You want exotic styling pony up some cash for a Carrera GT.
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