Porsche reveals next-generation 2014 911 Turbo and Turbo S

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Supercars come and go, but one has remained a constant blur on the automotive landscape for forty years. Simply dubbed 911 Turbo, the sum of its parts has always resulted in much more than merely a hopped up 911.

Porsche has once again announced an all-new 911 Turbo, perfectly timed to arrive during the model's 40th birthday celebration next year. Of course, it wouldn't be a "new" Porsche if it didn't boast more power. The 2014 911 Turbo's 3.8-litre horizontally opposed six-cylinder features twin variable-turbine-geometry turbos resulting in 520-horsepower while the new Turbo S hits the street with a staggering 560-horsepower.

"What's so special about that? I can buy a Ford Mustang with the same power," you say. We promise you can't buy one with as much grip off the line and through the corners than a 911 Turbo. The 911 Turbo with the optional Sport Chrono Package Plus (which includes launch control) will hit 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds before arriving at a top-speed of 315 km/h (196 mph), and if that's not quick enough for you the Turbo S will sprint to 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds flat before nudging up against 200 mph with a terminal velocity of 318 km/h (198 mph). According to Porsche the latter model will do the Nürburgring Nordschleife (North Loop) in "well under seven and a half minutes" shod in standard production tires, which is racecar territory.

And in case that's not exciting enough for you, Porsche literally pumps up the engine volume inside the cabin via its standard sound symposer, which transmits the turbocharged engine's induction sound via a speaker diaphragm.

One of the reasons the new model is able to increase speed around the 'Ring is an updated all-wheel-drive system that features new active rear axle steering. Two electro-mechanical actuators replace the old system's control links on the rear axles, allowing for 2.8 degrees of rear-wheel steering that result in enhanced turn-in and steering response. Below 50 km/h the system turns the rear wheels in the opposing direction, resulting in a 250-mm decrease in virtual wheelbase length thus aiding maneuverability, especially handy while parking. At speeds over 80 km/h the active rear axle steering system turns the rear wheels parallel to the front wheels to shrink the virtual wheelbase by 500 mm, increasing high-speed stability and simultaneously delivering faster lateral force build-up for changing direction "more spontaneous and harmoniously," says Porsche. But that's not all they've done to increase performance.

Electronically controlled and water-cooled Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive features activated multi-plate coupling for higher levels of torque to the front wheels than previous versions. Also new for 2014, Porsche will offer its PDCC active anti-roll system for first time in 911 Turbo models, increasing dynamic performance further. PDCC is standard with the Turbo S, as is the Sport Chrono Package Plus with dynamic engine mounts and PCCB ceramic brakes, all of which are optional with the regular 911 Turbo.

If you want Porsche's fabulous seven-speed manual with the Turbo you'll be feeling short-changed, mind you, the only available transmission being Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automated gearbox. Porsche would offer a manual if we wanted it though, so we're guessing you'd rather have the quicker shifting PDK anyway. It features a new thermal management system which, when combined with idle-stop that now deactivates the engine earlier while coasting, makes both engines more fuel efficient by 16-percent for a 9.7 L/100km combined city/highway rating on the NEDC cycle (Canadian fuel economy figures will be made available closer to launch).

Additionally, new adaptive aerodynamics help reduce drag to improve fuel economy and then increase downforce to enhance handling when needed, the 911 Turbo incorporating an innovative pneumatically deployable three-stage front spoiler and adjustable three-way rear wing.

To go along with the increase in power, ride and handling improvements, plus increased interior room brought about by the new 991 body's 100-mm longer wheelbase, the 2014 911 Turbo gets many of the same styling updates as the current 911, including its unique "dagger" taillights, while Porsche has separated mere mortal 911s from the new Turbo by adding extra-wide rear flanks measuring 28 mm (1.1 inches) more than the Carrera 4. Those muscled fender flares house new standard 20-inch alloy wheels. Additionally, the Turbo S gets standard full-LED headlights.

Inside, the new 911 Turbo receives the same Panamera-inspired updates as the regular 991, improving ergonomics, quality and refinement. The Turbo S ups the ante even further with an exclusive black/Carrera colour treatment along with sport seats boasting 18-way adjustment and memory. The seat backrest shells are upholstered in leather with double cap seams while various surfaces are finished in a sporty carbon look. The Bose audio system continues to be standard, but for the first time an optional Burmester stereo is available. Other options include radar-controlled active cruise with camera-based road sign recognition and speed limit recognition.

When the 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S go on sale towards the end of this year the price of the former will increase by almost $10k compared to the previous 2012 model (there is no 2013 911 Turbo or Turbo S available), from $159,400 to $169,200, while the Turbo S will increase by more than $20k, from $183,400 to $206,600 for the latter. Despite the Canadian dollar being near par with the U.S. dollar (and artificially held lower than it should be in order to allow greater trade with a U.S. economy that continues to devalue its dollar by digitally printing $85 million a month into circulation to the point that it's becoming worth less and less every day), Porsche is charging Canadians a great deal more than it charges our friends to the south. By comparison the 2014 911 Turbo will start at $149,250 USD while the Turbo S will be priced at just $182,050 USD.
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Topics: Sports Coupe, Porsche, 2014, 911 Turbo, 911 Turbo S, $99,999+,

Organizations: Porsche

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