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The new Porsche 911 Turbo

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The Porsche 911 Turbo has been the quintessential high-performance sports car with everyday usability for the past 45 years. Following the market launch of the 911 Turbo S, the next generation of 911 Turbo Coupé and Cabriolet will now also be introduced – even more powerful, even faster and even more individual. Thanks to 427 kW (580 PS), which is 30 kW (40 PS) more than the predecessor, the Coupé and Cabriolet break the three-second barrier for 0-100 km/h with a time of 2.8 seconds (0.2 seconds faster). 750 Nm of torque (40 Nm more), now without overboost time limit, make quick sprints even more spontaneous and effortless. The acceleration, power output and torque of the new 911 Turbo therefore match those of the previous generation 911 Turbo S. Power transmission is performed by an eight-speed PDK gearbox with Turbo-specific set-up. Top speed remains unchanged at 320 km/h. Options such as a Sport or Lightweight Design package, sports chassis and sports exhaust system are available for the 911 Turbo for the first time. As a result, customers will be able to adapt the vehicle even more to their individual wishes.

The new sports cars are following in some rather prestigious footsteps: the 911 Turbo has been synonymous with luxury and performance since its market launch in 1975. Each generation has continued to live up to the claim of being a worldwide benchmark for high-performance sports cars. The 911 Turbo combines sportiness with everyday usability, emotionality with reliability and dynamic performance with efficiency. The latest generation of the 2+2 is more than twice as powerful as the original Turbo, which featured a 260 PS, three-liter, six-cylinder engine with a single turbocharger. Even though the 911 Turbo has become faster, larger and more comfortable over the years, it has always retained its fundamental characteristics.

The design of the new 911 Turbo has become even more muscular. The body has been widened by 45 mm to 1,840 mm over the front axle in order to accommodate the new chassis. The new bonnet, featuring a striking swage line, underlines its sporty character. As standard, LED headlights with PDLS Plus illuminate the road. At the rear axle, the body is now exactly 1.90 meters wide (plus 20 millimeters). Other distinguishing features of the new 911 Turbo are the enhanced adaptive aerodynamics with controlled cooling air flaps at the front, a larger active front spoiler and the significantly increased size of the variable rear spoiler. The continuous light bar with LED tail lights as well as the new louvred rear lid grille with silver trim strips round off the design of the rear end.

The front axle now steers even more precisely thanks to an additional 42 millimetres of front track width and the new 20-inch 255/35 tyres. The active all-wheel control PTM is now able to transfer even more power to the front wheels. Traction at the actively steered rear axle is increased by ten millimetres of added track width as well as 315/30 tyres on 21-inch wheels – one inch more than on the front axle. The revamped brake system is even more powerful and can be recognised by the red fixed callipers fitted as standard. The front grey cast iron brake discs now measure 408 millimetres in diameter (plus 28 mm) and are 36 millimetres thick (plus 2 mm). The rear axle features 30-millimetre thick brake discs with a diameter of 380 millimeters.

A sports exhaust system with two oval tailpipes is optionally available for the 911 Turbo for the very first time. Two different chassis variants are also new: while the standard PASM chassis offers a greater spread between sportiness and comfort, the significantly firmer, ten millimeters lower, electronically controlled sports suspension benefits the agility of the new 911 Turbo. Its set-up is aimed at enhancing driving dynamics and provides even more stability in high-speed driving, such as when the vehicle is used on the race track. The optional hydraulic active anti-roll stabilisation (PDCC) and ceramic brake system (PCCB) with ten-piston fixed callipers at the front refine driving dynamics yet further.

The appearance and performance of the vehicle can be additionally sharpened by the new optional Lightweight Design package and Sport package. The Lightweight Design package for the Coupé reduces the vehicle’s weight by 30 kg. Among other things, this is made possible by the use of lightweight full bucket seats, omission of the rear seats, lightweight glass and less insulation. This means that drivers can enjoy the engine sound even more directly. The Sport package features the 911 Turbo Sport Design package and additional applications in Black, Carbon elements and Exclusive Design tail lights.

The basic elements of the modern interior correspond to those of the 911 Carrera models with Porsche Advanced Cockpit and Direct Touch Control. The centre screen of the PCM is now 10.9 inches, and can be operated quickly and without distraction thanks to its new architecture. The particularly high-quality and extensive equipment includes fully electrically controlled 14-way sports seats, Sport Chrono package, a GT sports steering wheel with shift paddles, multifunction and mode switches as well as the BOSE® Surround Sound System with powerful sound. Numerous options are available for further personalisation, including Porsche InnoDrive with adaptive cruise control, Lane Keeping Assist with road sign recognition, Night Vision Assist, Surround View and the Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System.

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