One of the most useable high performance cars on the market, the Porsche Turbo, combined all-wheel drive roadworthiness with turbocharged power far before the Nissan GT-R came into being. After the unveil of the 991 GT3 a few months ago, Porsche has now released information on the 991 Turbo and Turbo S.
Both models use a twin turbo charged 3.8-liter flat six that produces either 520 horsepower or 560 horsepower depending on the model. The Turbo accelerates to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and tops out at 196 mph, while the more powerful Turbo S reaches 60 mph in 2.9 seconds (the same as a Lamborghini Aventador) and tops out at 198 mph. Both models come with a seven-speed dual clutch PDK transmission, and like the 991 GT3, the Turbo and Turbo S will not be offered with a manual transmission.
For improved handling both models are equipped with rear wheel steering to improve turn in. Additional handling improvements include Porsche dynamic chassis control (PDCC) and an active anti-roll system. The both models have been fitted with an automated rear wing, and front spoiler that can either be deployed automatically, or can be adjusted by the driver for optimal down force. If buyers opt for the sport chrono pack, which comes standard on the Turbo S, they’ll get dynamic engine mounts and carbon ceramic disc brakes.
Many have noticed that the new Porsche Turbo has gotten bigger, and rightly so, the Turbo is nearly 4 inches longer than the 997 Turbo. Despite its increased size, the Turbo S can manage a Nordschleife lap time of approximately 7:30.
The Porsche Turbo and Turbo S will go on sale in late 2013 for a base price of $148,300 and $181,100 respectively.