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by Tim Beissmann

The new-generation Porsche 911 Turbo will be cheaper than the model it replaces despite being quicker and more powerful than ever before.

Originally revealed in May, the all-new auto-only 991-series 911 Turbo costs $359,800 before on-roads, making it $3900 cheaper than the previous-generation 997-series Turbo manual and $11,800 less than the equivalent Turbo dual-clutch ‘PDK’ automatic. The 911 Turbo Cabriolet commands a $19,000 premium at $388,800.

Pricing of the higher-performance Porsche 911 Turbo S heads in the opposite direction, however. At $441,300 before on-road costs, the new 991 Turbo S is $18,000 more than the old 997 coupe, and just $1500 less than previous convertible. The new 911 Turbo S Cabriolet is priced from $463,100.

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The new Porsche 911 Turbo’s 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine now produces a meatier 383kW of power at 6000-6500rpm and 660Nm of torque at 1950-5000rpm (and up to 710Nm on overboost).

Optioned with the Sport Chrono Package Plus, the 911 Turbo is quicker than the old Turbo S, accelerating from 0-100km/h in 3.2 seconds (the standard car takes 3.4sec). Claimed fuel consumption also falls 15 per cent to 9.7 litres per 100km.

The 911 Turbo S features an uprated version of the same engine, producing 412kW at 6500-6750rpm and 700Nm at 2100-4250rpm (and up to 750Nm on overboost).

The Turbo S is one-tenth quicker than the Turbo to triple figures (as well as two-tenths faster than its predecessor), stopping the clock at 3.1sec before powering on to its 318km/h top speed. Claimed fuel consumption matches the Turbo at 9.7L/100km.

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The new Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S models sit on a new chassis with a 100mm-longer wheelbase and larger 20-inch alloy wheels.

Porsche’s active anti-roll system, ceramic brakes and Sport Chrono Package Plus come standard on the Turbo S and are available optionally on the Turbo.

The introduction of rear-axle steering aims to improve the vehicles’ road and track performance, while active aerodynamics – comprising a retractable front spoiler and a deployable rear wing – generate extra downforce at both ends.

Both feature the 991-series’ completely redesigned cabin including satellite navigation and dual-zone climate control, while the Turbo S is available exclusively with black/red combination leather and 18-way adjustable sports seats.

Radar-based cruise control and camera-based road sign and speed limit recognition systems are available as options.

The new Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S go on sale in Australia in early December.




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