A reworked turbo six slingshots the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S from zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds

Porsche has announced it will travel to next month’s Detroit Motor Show to unveil the 2017 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S. Offered as a coupe and as a convertible, both models benefit from a minor facelift, new tech features in the cockpit, and a more powerful engine.

The twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six engine that powers the 911 Turbo has been tweaked to deliver 540 horsepower and 523 pound-feet of torque. As a result, the coupe is capable of reaching 60 mph from a stop in a neck-snapping 2.9 seconds before going on to a top speed of 189 mph.

The 911 Turbo S gets an evolution of the Turbo’s flat-six that generates 580 hp — a 20-pony bump over the 2016 model — and 553 lb-ft. of torque when an overboost function kicks in. The extra grunt lowers the Turbo S’ zero-to-60 time to 2.8 seconds, a figure that makes the Turbo S about as fast as the limited-edition Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce. Given enough tarmac, it will reach a top speed of 205 mph. Composite ceramic brakes and an active roll stabilization function keep the power in check.

Bolted to a dual-clutch transmission, both engines gain a race-derived dynamic boost function that improves the throttle response by maintaining the boost pressure even during load changes. That means the turbos provide full boost instantly when coming out of a corner, even if the driver briefly took his or her foot off of the accelerator.

All Turbo models come standard with the Sport Chrono Package, which adds go-fast features such as a GT steering wheel inspired by the one found in the 918 Spyder, and a Sport Response button that preconditions the engine and the transmission for maximum responsiveness.  A knob located on the steering wheel lets the driver choose one of four driving modes called Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual.

Unsurprisingly, the visual updates are highly evolutionary and discreet at best — it’s the iconic 911 we’re talking about, after all. The Turbo models feature new-look headlights and tail lamps, revised bumpers on both ends, and a model-specific decklid with vertical slats. New alloy wheel designs further differentiate the upcoming 2017 911 Turbo from the 2016 model that’s currently in showrooms.

The cabin gains a new infotainment system called Porsche Communication Manager (PCM).  Controlled via a seven-inch touch screen built into the center console, PCM groups the 911’s connectivity, navigation, and entertainment function into a single unit capable of connecting to the Internet to provide real-time data. A 555-watt Bose sound system with 12 speakers and 18-way power-adjustable sport seats come standard.

The 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S are scheduled to land in showrooms next April. High performance commands a high price: The 911 Turbo costs $159,200, the 911 Turbo Cabriolet commands $171,500, the 911 Turbo S stickers for $188,100, and the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet rounds out the lineup at $200,400. The aforementioned figures don’t include a mandatory destination charge.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: 1-handed drone control, a pot that stirs itself

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Cars

BMW’s 2020 M340i will show off mix of tech and luxury at the Los Angeles show

The 2020 3 Series represents the seventh generation of BMW's bread-and-butter luxury sedan. Where previous generations emphasized the driving experience, the 2020 3 Series focuses more on tech than ever before.
Computing

The Mac mini's price has crept into iMac territory. So how do they compare?

Apple announced a long-awaited update to the Mac mini. Thanks to the updated specs and increase in price, it's begun to creep up to the base model iMac. In this guide, we now put up the specs on the newest refreshed Mac mini against the…
Cars

Jaguar’s rally-ready F-Type roadster is happiest off the pavement

Jaguar is celebrating the XK120's 70th birthday by turning the F-Type roadster into a rally warrior. Built to FIA specifications, the model receives suspension and braking upgrades plus a full roll cage to protect the occupants.
Cars

Camaro vs. Mustang: Differences and similarities between two premier pony cars

The Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang are two of America's favorite sports cars. In this comparison piece, we highlight the main differences between the two machines when it comes to their design and performance, among other factors.
Cars

Tesla raises prices and simplifies options on Model S and Model X

Tesla is making changes to its offerings of the Model S and Model X. The lower-range 75D models will increase in price, while the higher-range 100D models will decrease in price.
Cars

Tesla brings track mode to Model 3 Performance

The new Track Mode introduced for the Tesla 3 Performance model adds stability to the drive while you're behind the wheel and is specifically designed for driving on closed track courses.
Mobile

Lyft’s new rewards program promises ride discounts and comfier cars

If you're always hopping in and out of a Lyft car, then you'll be pleased to hear that the ridesharing service is about to launch a rewards program. Perks include discounts on future trips and upgrades to comfier cars.
Cars

Study suggests autonomous cars could become red-light districts on wheels

Fully autonomous cars can change the way we commute, but they can also have a far-reaching impact on the tourism industry. Two researchers published a study that outlines how self-driving technology could create a new dimension in tourism.
Cars

VW will use Siri as the designated driver for its connected car party

Volkswagen of America added Apple's Siri to help drivers control and interact with their cars. Owners can customize voice commands to tell Siri to change access settings such as interior climate, vehicle lock status, and fuel checks.
Cars

Meet the born-again Ford Bronco that will soothe your ’90s nostalgia

Ford has confirmed it will bring the Bronco back to American showrooms in a few short years. While it's still very much a work in progress, this is what we expect from the Blue Oval's born-again off-roader.
Cars

Waymo will launch its commercial autonomous ridesharing service in December

Waymo will launch a commercial ridesharing service using self-driving cars in December, according to a new report. As previously discussed by Waymo, the service will operate in specific areas around Phoenix, Arizona.
Cars

Quick! Someone petition Ferrari to make this luscious tribute to the F40

Ferrari looks toward the future as it designs hypercars like the LaFerrari. Designer Samir Sadikhov turned his eye toward the past to create a modern interpretation of the 1987 F40 without venturing into full retro territory.
Cars

Where are you going this weekend? These 5 off-road vehicles say 'anywhere'

The body-on-frame SUV is going extinct, but there are still several options for buyers looking to skip the asphalt. To help you sort the good from the bad, we've rounded up the best off-roaders currently available.