Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S Unveiled

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2017 Porsche 911 Turbo, Turbo S Pack a 20 HP Premium, Have a Freaking Anti-Lag System.

Both the Turbo and the Turbo S are available in coupe and convertible body styles, and receive the same styling tweaks as recently applied to the new 911 Carrera (now, confusingly, also turbocharged, albeit with a smaller and less powerful engine).The lesser Porsche 911s have all got turbo power with the 2016 facelift, but now the real deal turbos arrive with a 2016 facelift for the Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S. The interior, meanwhile, features a different steering wheel (similar to that in the 918 Spyder hybrid hypercar) and improved touchscreen infotainment system.

Thankfully, they can still be differentiated by their swollen power outputs and a host of visual indications, including revised front and rear bodywork, a wider body than Carrera and Carrera S models, and a set of generously-proportioned alloy wheels. For those who will spend more of their time in busy cities than at the racetrack, it’s also worth noting that Porsche now offers a low-speed lift function, which raises the front of the car by up to 40mm in order to avoid scraping it on speed bumps and steep driveways. Among the standard equipment on the new cars are the GT Sport steering wheel, which includes a switch that allows the driver to choose between the four driving modes – Normal, Sport, Sport Plus or Individual. Of note is a new function that Porsche calls dynamic boost which is a fancy way of saying the charge pressure will remain for a moment even if the accelerator pedal is briefly released. That would require you to “service” your turbochargers more often than changing your driving shoes. “The engines now also have what is known as a ‘dynamic boost function’ to further raise engine responsiveness in dynamic operation.

Porsche claims improved response when the driver reapplies the throttle, with the effected described as being more pronounced in Sport and Sport Plus modes than in Normal mode. It is also worth mentioning that there are cabriolet versions of both these models, price of which are 911 Turbo Cabriolet $ 171,500 (£135,766 in the UK) and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet $200,400 (£154,614 for the UK). A new Sport Response button, part of the Sport Chrono package, adjusts the engine configuration “for the best possible responsiveness” by putting it into an overboost mode for 20 seconds.

In English, this means that, when you lift, the engine still allows air to flow into its cylinders, compressing it and then using it to keep the turbo spinning. The list of hardware engine updates includes new intake ports in the cylinder heads, as well as new injector nozzles that operate at superior pressure. Both models are also more fuel efficient – by 0.6 liters per 100 km, thanks to an updated engine management system and a modified transmission that has new gear change mappings. And yes, Porsche remains the only mainstream carmaker to offer variable geometry turbines on a gasoline engine – Koenigsegg also does that, but the Swedes are not exactly into series production, are they?

This system features a 7-inch multi-touch monitor with high-quality glass surface, which is perfectly integrated into the center console and offers numerous new and extended connectivity functions thanks to the standard Connect Plus module. Drivers can also “write” sat-nav destinations on to the touchscreen with their fingers, plus smartphones can be connected using a cable, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Porsche’s official times have always been conservative and since the current Turbo S has been clocked at 2.6 seconds, we could expect the new model to break the 2.5s barrier. As for the 911 Turbo, this can hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, while its top speed sits at 198 mph (320 km/h), meaning it’s 2 mph faster than it used to be. In terms of changes you’ll see a restyled front end that includes precisely laid out narrow LED front lights along with double fillets, side-mounted air blades and a new central air dam. While EPA ratings aren’t available yet, the UK spec sheet shows the models are now 2 mpg better, with efficiency sitting at 31 UK mpg (9.1l/100 km) for the Coupes and 30.4 mpg (9.3l/100 km) for the Cabriolets.

Basically, the 911 is more eager to drift in this mode compared to the Sport Plus mode of the pre-revamp models, but the electronics will still correct your errors. For 2017, the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) offers a 7-inch touchscreen display, which offers all sorts of new features (for the 911), from Wi-Fi connectivity to handwriting recognition. Nevertheless, you can now look down to guys in Maseratis and Bentleys, telling them how Porsche refused Android Auto over suspicion that Google might be naughty regarding the info it asks from the car.

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