• Aug 7th 2009 at 3:51AM
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As we've discussed, the current Porsche Turbo is much too slow. Rather than let the aftermarket have all the glory, Porsche has decided to up the Turbo's performance for 2010. But not just in terms of power. Egged on no doubt by the pesky Nissan GT-R, Porsche is performing a complete character change for their newest Turbo, including less weight, RWD bias and a more sporting character.

The big news is of course the engine. Goodbye 3.6-liter six, it's been fun. Hello 3.8-liter directed injected flat-six from the Carrera S. Coupled to two variable-vane turbos, power is now 500 hp. And because it's direct injected, mileage increases from 22.1 mpg to 24.1 mpg with the manual. Should you opt for Porsche's 7-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (dual-clutch) gearbox, mileage improves from the old Tiptronic's 20.8 mpg to a very impressive 24.8 mpg. Also gone (kinda) are the silly dual-action faux-paddle shifters. Replacing them are F1 style right-is-up, left-is-down wheel-mounted paddles -- a welcome improvement, though we'd still prefer column-mounted shifters like on Ferraris and Godzilla. And you can still opt for the inferior dual-action buttons if you like.

The fun continues with a reprogrammed Porsche Traction Management system that distributes torque between the front and rear differentials via an electric multi-plate clutch. Still not convinced? The PSM (Porsche Stability Management) has been re-calibrated to provide more thrills. New RS Spyder rims are also available to decrease unsprung weight. In a word, yes please.

Pricing is listed for the coupe and cabriolet at $132,800 and $143,800 respectively, with an on-sale date of November 2009 in Germany and January 2010 here in the United States. We'll get a first glimpse of the new Turbo this September at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Until then, read the full press release after the jump.

[Source: Porsche]


Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is proudly presenting a new top model at the pinnacle of its broad range of production sports cars: The new Porsche 911 Turbo combines far-reaching innovations in technology with fine tuning and supreme refinement in design. All key features of this high-performance sports car have been significantly improved, the new 911 Turbo combining a substantial improvement in fuel efficiency and lower weight with more power, even higher speed, and enhanced driving dynamics.

Particularly in terms of fuel economy and dynamic performance, the new top-of-the-range 911 from Zuffenhausen now stands out even more than before from its competitors in the market. Porsche's new top model will be presented to the public for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show from 17 - 27 September.

The heart and highlight of the seventh generation of the Turbo is the new power unit displacing 3.8 litres and delivering maximum output of 500 bhp (368 kW). The first entirely new engine in the 35-year-history of the Turbo comes with features such as Direct Fuel Injection and Porsche's exclusive turbocharger with variable turbine geometry on a gasoline power unit. And as an option, the new six-cylinder may be combined for the first time with Porsche's seven-speed PDK Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (Double-Clutch Gearbox).

Models equipped with PDK are also available with a new, optional three-spoke steering wheel with gearshift paddles as an alternative to the standard steering wheel with its proven shift buttons. Fitted firmly on the steering wheel, the right paddle is for shifting up, the left paddle for shifting down. In conjunction with the optional Sport Chrono Package Turbo both the gearshift paddle and the PDK steering wheel with its shift buttons come with integrated displays for Launch Control and the Sport/Sport Plus mode, which are however designed differently on the two steering wheels.

The combination of PDK, Direct Fuel Injection and turbocharging ensures an unprecedented standard of efficiency, agility, responsiveness and performance, the Porsche 911 Turbo reducing CO2 emissions versus its predecessor by almost 18 per cent and therefore ranking unique in its segment also in this respect. Depending on the configuration of the car, the new top model requires just 11.4 - 11.7 ltr/100 km (equal to 24.8 - 24.1 mpg imp) under the EU5 standard. And unlike most other cars in its segment, the new Turbo remains even further below the crucial level of fuel consumption for gas guzzler tax in the USA, the special tax imposed on cars with substantial fuel consumption. All this despite acceleration to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. Top speed, in turn, is 312 km/h or 194 mph.

The Turbo driver of the future will also enjoy a further improvement in driving dynamics, detailed enhancement of PTM fully controlled all-wheel drive and PSM Porsche Stability Management being further supported by new PTV Porsche Torque Vectoring available as an option. This makes the car even more agile and precise in its steering for an even higher level of driving pleasure.

Sales of the new Porsche 911 Turbo in both Coupé and Cabriolet guise are starting in Germany on 21 November 2009. The Euro base price without value-added tax and national specifications is Euro 122,400.- for the Coupé and Euro 131,800.- for the Cabriolet. The gross retail price in Germany, therefore, is Euro 145,871.- for the Coupé and Euro 157,057.- for the Cabriolet, in each case including 19% value-added tax and national specifications.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      0-62mph/100km/h in 3.4 sec. with LC, PDK and SC-Package
      and all that with just 500 BHP, woooosh
      • 6 Years Ago
      What a surprise, they put proper 'up on the right, down on the left' style paddles. What were they thinking the first time around with the PDK? I drove a 4S PDK with the rocker switches and it was confusing as hell. When I asked the salesman why he thought Porsche possibly went a different way than every other car company on the planet doing 'flappy paddles' he gives me some bullshit answer 'Because Porsche is a different company' lol. Spare me the marketing BS pal.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Replacing them are F1 style right-is-up, left-is-down wheel-mounted paddles..."

      Thank you, Jebus! Porsche's finally seen the light! Those buttons were stupid.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, assuming you actually cross shopped the two, I'd now take this over the GT-R.

      Been waiting for a touch more power (just because there's no such thing as too much with all-wheel-drive) to push it ahead of the Nissan, the tweaked interior, and most importantly, the PDK.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They changed the front ?

      • 6 Years Ago
      The comments on 911 posts around here always amuse me... The endless chants of "it looks just like the old one" and "the engine is in the wrong spot" and so on. All spoken with the fervent ignorance of those that either don't know or understand that of which they speak.

      How many of you that are serious in your derision of the car have ever experienced a 911 in motion, from the driver's seat? I'd wager few-if any-of you have. To those of us that have experienced this automobile in action firsthand, that have had the chance to drive one the way it was meant to be driven, you look like fools.

      There's a reason the 911 is so consistently successful in motorsports. There's a reason the car has survived as long as it has without a massive design change (such as a shift to a MR layout), and there's a reason it has the reputation that it does. The reason? Because, in spite of all of the whining and whinging, the car really is THAT good.

      Argue semantics and technicalities all you want, I don't really care. Are you all *technically* correct that hanging the engine out behind the back wheels isn't the ideal place for it? Yeah, you are. Just as much as hanging it way out in front of the front axle a la Subaru and a lot of Audis (for instance) is technically incorrect as well. And yes, the old cars-especially the 930 Turbos-could be a handful, particularly in unskilled hands. However, the newer ones are much, much, much more docile and well-behaved, and I can't say that I find the placement of the engine particularly distracting when I'm behind the wheel of one of these cars.

      Why? Because, frankly, once the car is moving I find it difficult to concentrate on anything beyond how GOOD it feels. I have never in my life driven anything-ANYTHING-that equals a 911-in terms of driving pleasure, and I'm not exactly unfamiliar with high performance automobiles. I've driven a litany of AMG Mercedes and ///M BMWs; I've done the C6 Z06 thing, I've flogged the '09 CTS-V and the G8 GXP. I've played with a '71 Firebird that runs low 11s, my current toy is an '07 STI, etc. None of them have put a bigger grin on my face than the Porsche.

      The way the 911 drives is something that has to be experienced firsthand to be understood. And of course there will always be those that, even after getting behind the wheel, simply don't "get it." I pity those people.

      Without having driven every other performance car in the world, I can't-and won't-argue that the 911 is the pinnacle of driving pleasure. However, if you've never driven one, I suggest you do so before you mock it too much; you might just find yourself having to eat your words.
        • 6 Years Ago
        thanks Geeky1! enough said! if they dont understand now, they'll never. no need to argue with dumb ppl :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Everything for the most part is true. Other than one comment "And of course there will always be those that, even after getting behind the wheel, simply don't "get it." I pity those people." What you don't get is that choosing a car matters more than what you find important.
        No I haven't driven a 911 but, from style alone, which will be 90% of what people are gonna think of when they see the car it lacks. So in the style department Porsche is rather boring. So to the people that are making comments only on style alone because that is all we know about the car, and you who wants to put you nose in the air, you look like a pri**.
        Now lets proceed to the real argument since you made your self look like, as Jeremy would say, "A Cock"
        And when you are talking about the engine and placement don't bring up Audi they are not known for all that great of handling.
        And just because a M3 doesn't tickle your fancy like a Porsche does doesn't mean it's wrong when someone else chooses the opposition.

        And will say this you are right in the sense of, people shouldn't mock of how it drives when they them selves have never driven it, but our eyes don't lie so we can mock their lack of change in its style.
        I hated when people mocked the new M3 for being a bit heavier even though it is still crowned king of its class and is in every point better than the old M3.
        So ill continue to bash Porsche for having lazy designers but don't bash us for having a different style opinion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why the fog lights at the corner of the bumper?? They killed the front with that...
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is facelifted? where?
        • 6 Years Ago
        wheels, front end, back end (turning into a Merc SL imo), transmission, some interior pts, etc. please open eyes. thanks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow! What a change in the front! But that wasn't needed anyway, because it was already looking awesome. Only thing i miss are the wheels, why porsche, why?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Improved power, paddle shifters, and improved fuel efficiency are always nice. Hopefully more automakers will refine the technology necessary to implement these in more and more sporty vehicles.

      With that said, I've never liked the 911. It's just not aggressive-looking enough for my tastes. It's very smooth, soft, and understated IMO. The price tag doesn't it help it either.

      If I want pure performance, I'd buy a Nissan GT-R and save $50,000.
      If I want a luxurious coupe, I'd buy an Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

      I commend Porsche on their technological achievements but their vehicle line-up just doesn't do it for me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        if i want pure performance, I'd buy a Caterham and save even more.
        if i want a luxurious coupe, I'd buy a Mercedes Benz CL.

        if i want performance AND luxury I'd buy a 911 turbo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      News flash 2089...Porsche unveils new 911 with flux capacitor...Guess what folks...it will still look like this car here! MUWAHHAHHAHAHAHHAHA!
        • 6 Years Ago
        And unlike other cars, this one will actually look like a car in 2089.

        I hope those cool lines stay on the 911 and don't go anywhere else, and that includes the rest of the Porsche range.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This car has looked the same for so long, it no longer has any originality to it, or any personality. "Oh, look, it's another Porsche." "Big deal."
        • 6 Years Ago
        I recently test drove a 911 Turbo back-to-back with a C4S.

        I was REALLY disappointed with the Turbo. I've driven (and owned) many turbo-charged vehicles. The 911 had no punch off the ground, which was amazing.

        I decided to wait to see when/if the Turbo would come out with a PDK. But with this news, I am excited to see if this is going to be my next car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Keepin it classy with the oldschool style. Lookin good!
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's strange... from the front silver gray cabriolet with the red leather interior looks like a Boxster.

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