While the Turbo receives a number of small visual tweaks first launched on the 2009 911, the biggest news is what lies underneath the (rear) hood. The new 911 Turbo ditches the 3.6-liter mill found in the outgoing car, and moves to a direct-injection, twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six. Porsche says the new engine pumps out 500 hp (20 hp more than before), all while improving both fuel economy and CO2 emissions. If buyers opt for the Sport Chrono package, torque output is increased to 516 lb-ft from the meager 500 lb-ft a base 911 Turbo makes do with. Another reason to order the Sport Chrono package is the dynamic engine mounts that use magnetic fluid to stiffen during hard driving.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment, but the hallmark of the latest 911 range — Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission — is available as an option. We’re happy to hear buyers can eschew Porsche’s standard PDK steering wheel for an optional wheel with simplified shift paddles (the right paddle triggers an upshift, while the left instigates a downshift). If the car is equipped with the Sport Chrono pacakage, either style of steering wheel includes controls for engaging launch control. Doing so will help move the new 911 Turbo from 0-60 mph in a scorching 3.2 seconds when equipped with the optional PDK, and ultimately reach a top speed of 194 mph.
Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) is another electronic toy that works with the standard Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive and Porsche Stability Management (PSM). This new optional system includes a mechanical limited-slip differential and actively distributes power between the rear wheels to maximize responsiveness in corners.
The Turbo coupe will go on sale in January of 2010 with a base price of $132,800. Turbo Cabriolet models begin at a staggering $143,800 before any options.