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New Porsche 911 Turbo debuts with 580hp

17th Jul 2020 10:47 am

Standard Turbo variant sits below the 650hp range-topping Turbo S.

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  • Powered by a 580hp, 3.7-litre flat-six mated to an 8-speed PDK gearbox

  • Does 0-100kph in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 320kph

  • Expected to join the Porsche 911 range in India

Porsche has revealed the new 992-generation 911 Turbo in Coupé and Cabriolet forms, following the introduction of the top-rung Turbo S version earlier this year. The new addition to the 911 range fills the gap between the 450hp Carrera 4S and 650hp Turbo S.  

What’s under the skin of the new 911 Turbo?

The new 911 Turbo packs 580hp and 750Nm from its twin-turbocharged 3.7-litre flat-six engine – 40hp and 50Nm more than the 991.2-gen 911 Turbo – which gets it from 0-100kph in 2.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 320kph.

Power is sent to all four wheels through an 8-speed PDK dual-clutch auto gearbox, while the Porsche Traction Management active four-wheel drive system can send more torque to the front axle than in the previous generation.

The Turbo features two variable-geometry turbochargers which use electronically controlled valves to adjust boost levels to suit engine speed and load. The symmetrically mounted turbochargers’ compressor and turbine wheels spin in opposite directions, which, alongside a redesigned charge-air cooling system and new piezo fuel injectors, let the engine rev more freely and improve throttle response. 

The Turbo is equipped with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) – or adaptive dampers – as standard, which is claimed to offer a balance between responsiveness and comfort, while the optional PASM Sport system stiffens up the suspension and drops the ride height by 10mm in the name of enhanced agility. 

How can you tell it apart from other 911s?

The new addition to the range resembles its more powerful sibling, the Turbo S, with sizeable air intakes in its widened rear arches and a prominent variable rear spoiler, but is set apart by its four, square exhaust tips, as opposed to the twin pipes featured on the S. The front end features electronically controlled cooling flaps and a larger front spoiler than the standard 911.

The interior is familiar from other models in the 911 line-up, featuring a 10.9-inch central infotainment screen and Porsche’s ‘Advanced Cockpit’ digital display. Additional standard equipment over lower-spec models includes 14-way adjustable sports seats, a sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles and a Bose surround sound system. 

Will it come to India?

In India, the Porsche 911 range begins with the Carrera and Carrera S, which are priced at Rs 1.82 crore and Rs 1.99 crore respectively. The carmaker has also launched the top-of-the-range 911 Turbo S in India at Rs 3.08 crore. Given that these models are on offer in India, there's a good chance that Porsche will introduce the new Turbo to the line-up as well. In terms of rivals, the Porsche 911 range competes with the Jaguar F-type range and the Mercedes-AMG GT range.  

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