New Porsche 911 Turbo & Turbo S: prices, specs and release date
Latest turbocharged Porsche 911 details announced ahead of Detroit debut
Full details of the updated Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S have been revealed, ahead of the car making its public debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2016. It’s available to order now, with prices starting at £126,925.
Both the Turbo and Turbo S are available in convertible and coupe body styles and will feature more power, more technology and more equipment than the outgoing models. Naturally, they’ll also be considerably faster, as well as more efficient and cheaper to tax.
Porsche 911 Turbo & Turbo S styling
Porsche has taken its traditionally subtle approach to styling changes with the new 911 Turbo.
There are new LED daytime running lights in the headlight clusters, echoing those on the new Porsche 911 Carrera and the Porsche 918 hypercar. The rear light clusters have also adopted the same style as those on the recently updated 911 Carrera, while the slatted air vents on the engine cover are now vertical, rather than horizontal.
The styling changes don’t stop there, however, as there are also new designs of 20-inch alloy wheels, revised exhausts and revamped door handles.
Inside the 911 Turbo, there’s more standard equipment than before, including an updated Porsche Communication Management infotainment system with sat nav, parking sensors, voice control, a reversing camera, Bluetooth phone connectivity and Apple CarPlay connectivity. It also features more touch-orientated controls and responds to swipe and pinch-and-zoom inputs.
You also get a new, smaller steering wheel, with a rotary dial similar to the one in the new Porsche 911 Carrera. This allows you to select different modes for the engine and suspension, while the clever Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system is also standard on the Turbo.
The Turbo S boasts upgraded carbon-ceramic brakes as standard, as well as Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control and two-tone leather sports seats, which feature 18-way power adjustment.
Engines and performance
Although much of the 911 line-up is now turbocharged, the 911 Turbo and Turbo S remain the fastest of the bunch. They use an upgraded version of the 3.8-litre flat six engine from the previous version.
The standard Turbo produces 532bhp, while the Turbo S makes a whopping 572bhp. Both cars are four-wheel drive as ever and come with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. When fitted with the Sport Chrono package, the Turbo completes the 0-62mph sprint in exactly three seconds, while the Turbo S does it in 2.9 seconds.
An extra 20bhp compared to the outgoing model also means the Turbo S is the first 911 Turbo with a top speed over 200mph, topping out at 205mph. The standard Turbo has a maximum speed of 198mph.
Efficiency and running costs
Despite this huge performance, however, the new 911 Turbo models are actually more efficient and cleaner than their predecessors, with the coupe versions managing 31mpg and the convertible models 30.4mpg. Porsche says this is 2.0mpg more than the previous models.
There’s no official word on insurance groups as yet, but as the car is more powerful, more expensive and better equipped than before, we don’t expect to be placed anywhere other than group 50 – the highest possible rating.
Prices and release dates
The 911 Turbo Coupe starts at £126,925, while the convertible version costs from £135,766. The Turbo S costs from £145,773 (coupe) and £154,614 (convertible).
Orders are being taken now, with first deliveries starting towards the end of January 2016. The new 911 Turbo will make its public debut at next month’s Detroit Motor Show in the US.
Porsche 911 price range
|911 Carrera Coupe||£76,412|
|911 Carrera S Coupe||£85,857|
|911 Carrera Cabriolet||£85,253|
|911 Carrera S Cabriolet||£94,698|
|911 Carrera 4 Coupe||£81,398|
|911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet||£90,204|
|911 Carrera 4S Coupe||£90,843|
|911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet||£99,684|
|911 Targa 4||£90,240|
|911 Targa 4S||£99,684|
|911 Carrera GTS||£91,098|
|911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet||£99,602|
|911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe||£95,862|
|911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet||£104,385|
|911 Targa 4 GTS||£104,385|
|911 Turbo Coupe||£126,924|
|911 Turbo Cabriolet||£135,766|
|911 Turbo S Coupe||£145,773|
|911 Turbo S Cabriolet||£154,614|
|911 GT3 RS||£131,296|