911 offensive in jubilee year. 50 years ago, the legendary 911 debuted at the IAA in Frankfurt; 40 years ago saw the presentation at the same event of the 911 Turbo Prototype. The southern German sports car builder is now bringing the latest incarnations of the 911 Turbo and Turbo S onto the market. The latest 911 Turbo generation has new four wheel drive technology, active rear axle steering, full LED headlights and six cylinder boxer engines with twin turbochargers and up to 560 PS.
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The new, light chassis with a wheelbase lengthened by 100 millimeters (4 inches), along with the larger 20-inch wheels guarantee fun and dynamism for the driver.
According to Porsche, the new 911 Turbo S does a lap at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in under 7:30 minutes – with serial tires, it should be added…
The 3.8 liter six-cylinder with fuel injection generates in normal Turbo form 520 PS (383 kW), while the big brother Turbo S boasts 560 PS (412 kW). Porsche thus continues its unique habit of pairing twin turbochargers with one petrol engine. Power is transmitted to the wheels via a seven- gear dual-clutch transmission system (PDK), which in the top 911 models enables start-stop with engine shutdown.
In order to spread the car’s immense thrust to the car’s two axles even more quickly and evenly, Porsche has developed a new four wheel drive system (PTM).
In addition, the new 911s are quicker. The 911 Turbo hits 100 km/h (62 mph) from standing in 3.2 seconds, a figure 10% faster even than the former Turbo S model.
The latter replacement’s 0-100 figure lies at 3.1 seconds, with a reported top speed of up to 318 km/h (199 mph).
The new top of the range 911 models will be gracing showrooms from September 2013. A 911 Turbo sold in Germany will set back the prospective owner around 162,000 euros, with the Turbo S sporting a surcharge of a good 33,000 euros.
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