- porsche is introducing the 992-generation 911 turbo, joining the more powerful turbo s in the 911 family.
- the turbo makes 572 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque compared to the turbo s's 640 hp and 580 lb-ft.
- pricing starts at $172,150 for the turbo coupe and $184,950 for the cabriolet. they'll arrive in the u.s. early next year.
sure, the new turbo s spins up 640 horsepower and does zero to 60 mph in a porsche-claimed 2.6 seconds, but you'll have to dig deep into your pockets for its $204,850 starting price. below that are the 911 carrera s, 4s, and targa 4s, which all make nearly 200 less horsepower, but they don't reach higher than $150,000 (without options, that is). the new 992-generation 911 turbo will now bridge that gap, though, as it produces 572 horsepower and starts at $172,150.
the standard turbo model is very similar to the more powerful turbo s in that its 3.7-liter flat-six is equipped with bigger variable turbine geometry turbochargers that have electrically adjustable waste-gate valves. however, the turbo's flat-six produces 572 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque compared to the turbo s's 640 ponies and 580 lb-ft. porsche claims it'll do 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds, 0.1 second behind the turbo s, with a top speed of 198 mph—the turbo s reaches 205 mph.
turning that mountain of power into lightning-quick acceleration is porsche's quick-shifting eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and enhanced all-wheel-drive system. also like the turbo s (besides power they are very similar), the turbo is equipped with porsche's traction management all-wheel-drive system that can send up to 368 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. however, porsche's acceleration claims tend to be rather modest, so we expect to shave at least a tenth of a second off that 2.7-second time when we get one at our office to test.
both turbo models have a wider stance compared to their predecessors along with standard led headlights. they're 1.8 inches wider up front and 0.8 inch wider in back to accommodate beefier rubber mounted on staggered center-lock wheels: 255/35r-20 in the front and 315/30r-20 in the rear. the turbo also gets the new adaptive cooling air flaps and spoiler in the nose as well as a larger active rear wing, which is good for 15 percent more downforce than the former turbo could generate.
to get the wheels tucked into the fender well with surgical precision, you can now opt for porsche's active suspension management sport suspension, which lowers the turbo's ride height by 0.4 inch, and get a better-looking sport exhaust with oval tailpipes and adjustable exhaust flaps. carbon-ceramic brakes, which are standard on the turbo s, are available on the turbo, but at this point why not just get the more powerful s? and, like the turbo s, the hard-core lightweight and sport packages are now available on the turbo.
the 2021 porsche 911 turbo is available to order now and should reach u.s. dealers early next year. pricing starts at $172,150 for the turbo coupe and $184,950 for the cabriolet.