The brand-new Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S have been launched for the European market. Both models come with twin-turbocharged engines, a new fuel-efficient yet more powerful 3.8 liter petrol engine which, in the standard turbo delivers 515bhp, the Turbo S meanwhile, develops a maximum 525bhp.
The two models get four-wheel drive as well as rear-wheel steering. Entry price starts at $149,250 for the Turbo and $182,050 for the Turbo S. Benchmarked against Ferrari, Audi, Lamborghini and the Mercedes SLS, the new 911 Turbo boasts some extraordinary performance figures. From 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds for the Turbo to an astonishing 2.9 seconds for the Turbo S, Porsche have undoubtedly aimed for racecar on the road figures with the new 911.
For the first time on the 911, Porsche introduce an active aerodynamic system allowing both front and rear spoilers to be fixed in three set positions according to efficiency or downforce handling needs. Top speeds come in at a whopping 196 mph and 198 mph respectively.
Fuel consumption for both models, at 29.1 mpg, has seen a 16% improvement over the earlier 997, but the most noticeable change has to be the move from manual transmission to Porsche’s seven-speed PDK twin-clutch automatic transmission. While this may be a cross some purists will have to bear, the PDK allows for the breakneck speed gear changes needed to hit the 0-60 mph claims.
The rear-wheel steering system, standard on both models, gives extra response and maneuverability at low speeds, with the rear-wheels turning in the opposite direction of the fronts below 31 mph. Above 50 mph the rears turn parallel to the fronts allowing stability at higher speeds.
Each of the models sport a long list of standard equipment including Porsche Active Suspension Management, automatic climate control, satellite navigation, a tracking system, bi-xenon headlights, full leather upholstery, Bose surround sound audio system, DAB digital radio, universal audio interface, Bluetooth connectivity, and a stop/start system.
Standard on the Turbo S and available as options on the Turbo are ceramic composite breaks, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, dynamic engine mounts, LED main beam controls, Carrera interior, hub wheel locks, bespoke bumpers and two tone 20 inch alloy wheels. Available to order now with first customer deliveries in Europe due September 2013, the new Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S could be on the verge of setting the new benchmark all European supercar manufacturers will have to measure up against.