The Turbo is probably the most iconic model in Porsche’s 911 lineup. That’s saying something, considering that Porsche sold more than 20 versions of the previous generation of 911. It also means there is a lot riding on the redesigned 2014 911 Turbo.
For the 2014 model year, the 911 Turbo migrates to the 991 chassis that is replacing the old 997. That means it’s about as new as a 911 can get.
Where most cars have their trunks, the 2014 911 Turbo has a 3.8-liter flat-six, with two turbochargers and direct injection. Output is 520 horsepower, allowing the 911 Turbo (with the optional Sport Chrono pack) to reach 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, and continue on to a top speed of 196 mph.
Not good enough? Porsche will also offer a Turbo S with 560 hp. It will do 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, and top out at 198 mph.
As we previously reported, Porsche’s seven-speed dual-clutch PDK will be the only available transmission. Buyers looking for a manual will have to buy a “base” 911 Carrera or Carrera S.
The transmission isn’t the only part of the 2014 911 Turbo that’s going high tech. The all-wheel drive system features an electronically controlled multi-plate coupling, and water cooling for the front axle components. Porsche says this allows the system to send more power to the front wheels, which should tame the 911’s signature tail-happiness.
In addition to all-wheel drive, the new Turbo will also have four-wheel steering. At speeds up to 31 mph, the system steers the rear wheels opposite the fronts for tighter turning. Above 50 mph, it steers them parallel to the front wheels for stability.
Another high tech feature is the car’s active aerodynamics package. Both the front chin spoiler and rear wing can be adjusted to one of three positions. The front spoiler is deployed pneumatically, in contrast to the electric motors used on most adjustable rear spoilers.
Like the 911 Carrera, the 911 Turbo gets a redesigned interior with a Panamera-style center stack and several new tech features. Radar-guided cruise control will be available, along with road sign and speed limit recognition features.
The latter may not make it to the U.S.; Mercedes felt it wasn’t worth recalibrating its similar system for American signage, so if Porsche makes it available to American drivers it will be a first.
Styling has never been a Porsche strong suit but, if nothing else, the 2014 911 Turbo looks serious. Classic Turbo styling cues like the big rear spoiler and engine cover vents are present, as are widened rear fenders. Porsche says the Turbo has the widest body of any 911 variant.
The 2014 911 Turbo will arrive in U.S. showrooms later this year. Prices start at $148,300 for a base Turbo and $181,000 for a Turbo S (both prices include a $950 destination charge).
With its flattened profile and focus on technology over driver involvement, the 991 911 has been a controversial car from the beginning. The redesigned 911 Turbo will probably be just as controversial, but it will still be an impressive car.
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