The more powerful 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S models will make their world premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month.
As part of the changes, the hi-po 911 Turbo S now prints from 0-100km/h in a staggering, supercar-beating 2.9 seconds.
How? The halo cars within the Porsche 911 family both get power hikes in addition to some design tweaks and the addition of more equipment. They arrive in Australia in May next year, with some notable price increases thrown in.
By modifying the cylinder head’s inlet ports, fitting new injection nozzles and making higher fuel pressures possible, Porsche engineers have bumped the 3.8-litre biturbo six-cylinder engine in the 911 Turbo to 397kW (up 14kW).
More excitingly, by fitting new turbochargers with larger compressors — the turbos still have unique variable turbine geometry — the company has boosted the even more hardcore 911 Turbo S to 427kW (up 15kW).
No torque figures have been published. The current 911 Turbo has 660Nm, and the Turbo S has 700Nm. There’s mention of a change to the seven-speed PDK gearbox fitted to both cars.
The engines now also have a dynamic boost function to improve engine response in dynamic operation. It maintains the charge pressure during load changes by interrupting fuel injection, while keeping the throttle valve open.
This reduces any hint of lag or delay to further throttle inputs, especially in Sport and Sport Plus modes.
And so the 911 Turbo S Coupe sprints to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, down 0.2s, while its top speed of 330km/h is 12 km/h higher than before. The 911 Turbo now reaches the 100km/h mark in three seconds (down 0.2s) and its top speed is now 320km/h – five clicks faster.
If you care, fuel use is also down. The coupes consume 9.1 litres per 100km, and the cabriolets 9.3 L/100 km. This is 0.6L/100km superior to before, courtesy of revised electronic engine and transmission management with revised gear change mappings.
Standard to both cars is the Sport Chrono Package with mode switch, integrated into the new GT sport steering wheel, 360mm in diameter and with a design adopted from the 918 Spyder. The rotary dial selects Normal, Sport, Sport Plus or Individual driving modes.
A new feature in the Sport Chrono Package is the Sport Response button at the centre of the dial. Inspired by motor racing, it preconditions the engine and gearbox for the best possible response at the push of a button.
In this mode, the Turbo and Turbo S can produce “optimal acceleration” for up to 20 seconds, such as when overtaking. An indicator in the instrument cluster in the form of a running timer shows the driver the elapsed time.
Furthermore, the Porsche Stability Management systems in the 911 Turbo models now have a new PSM Sport Mode. The button on the centre console puts the system in a “super sporty mode”, quite independent of the driving programme selected.
This alters the PSM’s intervention threshold much more than Sport Plus mode in the previous versions, and helps you push the limits on a track even more than before. Beyond this, as usual, a long press of the PSM button completely deactivates all the electronic helpers.
On a more prosaic but practical note, new options for all 911 Turbo models include a radar-based lane change assist system, and a super handy lift system for the front axle that can be used to increase ground clearance by 40mm at the front spoiler lip. If you have a steep driveway, this is for you, buddy.
Naturally, the new generation 911 Turbo adopts many of the styling tweaks from the new Carrera models, with additional loud bits. The new nose with side air blades and slim twin LED front light strips “give the front a wider look in combination with the additional blade in the central air intake”.
The high-performance 911s get redesigned 20-inch wheels (seven rather than 10 double spokes on the Turbo S). The Turbo’s wheel dimensions are also half-an-inch wider than before, matching the wheel sizes of the Turbo S.
The new door handles now come without shell inserts like on the Carrera models. The rear body is also thoroughly reworked with three-dimensional rear lights with four-point brake lights and “aura-like illumination”.
The exit openings for the exhaust system at the rear as well as the dual tailpipes are redesigned. The rear grille is also redesigned, and in the middle there is a separate cover for optimised air induction for the engine.
Inside, along with the new steering wheel, there’s a newly developed infotainment system, PCM with navigation. This has a multi-touch monitor with high-quality glass surface, integrated into the centre console, with standard Connect Plus module and Apple CarPlay.
The system can now process handwritten inputs. Moreover, mobile phones and smartphones can now be integrated more quickly, easily and comprehensively than before via Bluetooth or cable. As before, a Bose sound system is offered as standard, while a Burmester high-end surround sound system can be delivered as an option.
The new Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S will be launched in Australia in May 2016. Prices are up, as follows:
Pricing (plus on-road costs):
911 Turbo — $384,900 (up from $366,100)
911 Turbo Cabriolet — $406,400 (up from $396,000)
911 Turbo S — $456,500 (up from $444,500)
911 Turbo S Cabriolet — $478,000 (up from $466,500)