Porsche has presented the new generation 911 Turbo and Turbo S, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the model and featuring enhanced dynamics and improved efficiency.
The 2014 911 Turbo is based on a new lightweight chassis with a 100 mm longer wheelbase and larger 20-inch wheels. It is equipped with all-wheel drive, active rear axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics, full-LED headlights.
Powers come from the turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with direct injection, which produces 520 hp (383 kW) – 560 hp (412 kW) in the S model.
The unit has two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry and is coupled with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
Up: the 911 Carrera – down: the new 911 Turbo S Coupé
The 911 Turbo with the optional Sport Chrono Package accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds (3.1 seconds for the Turbo S). The car’s top speed is 318 km/h, while the fuel efficiency technologies have reduced NEDC fuel consumption by up to 16 per cent to 9.7 l/100 km.
The new top models of the 911 line-up series will go on sale at the end of September 2013. In Germany, the 911 Turbo costs 162,055 euros; the new 911 Turbo S costs 195,256 euros, including VAT and country-specific features.
The trademark wide rear body panels of the new generation 911 Turbo are 28 mm wider than on the 911 Carrera 4 models – they feature a nearly level surface, about the width of a hand, between the C-pillar and the outer edge of the car body.
Other differentiating characteristics include two-tone forged 20-inch wheels – on the 911 Turbo S they have hub wheel locks.
The Turbo S is also equipped with full-LED headlights that feature four-point daytime running lights and dynamic, camera-based main beam control.
The active aerodynamic system includes a retractable three-stage front spoiler, whose segments can be pneumatically extended, and a deployable rear wing with three adjustable wing positions.
The interior was completely redesigned in both 911 Turbo models, and it builds on the 911 Carrera family.
The S model offers an exclusive interior in a black/carrera red colour combination and adaptive sport seats plus with 18-way adjustment and memory.
In addition, the seat backrest shells are leather upholstered with double cap seams and various elements in carbon look.
Like on the previous models, the Bose sound system is installed as standard; for the first time, a Burmester system is also available as an optional feature. A radar- controlled cruise control system, camera-based road sign recognition and speed limit recognition are other new options being offered.
Rear axle steering
A new introduction for the 2014 911 Turbo is the rear axle steering, a system that consists of two electro-mechanical actuators instead of the conventional control arms on the left and right of the rear axle.
The steering angle of the rear wheels can be varied by up to 2.8 degrees, depending on vehicle speed. At speeds up to 50 km/h, when the front wheels are turned the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction.
This actually corresponds to a virtual shortening of the wheelbase by 250 mm. The system lets the car turn faster into the bend and offers more dynamic steering response. This also simplifies maneuvering and parking.
At speeds above 80 km/h, the system steers the rear wheels parallel to the turned front wheels. This is equivalent to a virtual lengthening of the wheelbase by a significant 500 mm and gives the sports car increased stability, especially at high speeds.
At the same time, the steering input by the driver leads to significantly faster build-up of lateral force at the rear axle, which initiates the change in direction more spontaneous and harmoniously.