Alas, the new Porsche Turbo has arrived, and if you’re asking yourself if that much power is really necessary, the answer is why yes, of course.
The 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo is another mighty salvo in the horsepower wars that the Stuttgart manufacturer started this year, but as a baby brother to the mighty Turbo S, we can’t say we didn’t see this coming.
Since its launch, the 992-generation 911 has only seen performance options that have been limited to the base model or the Turbo S. This variant bridges the gap between both by positioning itself as the perfect car for those who demand a little extra oomph but find 640hp to be overkill. Even as a middle ground that balances exhilaration and comfort, the Porsche Turbo is still a force to be reckoned with. Hell, it’s even faster than the old Turbo S.
Available in both Coupé and Cabriolet, the new 911 Turbo now sits at 572hp (40hp more than its predecessor) and 750Nm of torque, enabling both to dip under the magic three second 0-100kph with a time of 2.8 seconds. The 3.7-litre flat-six turbo slung proudly out the back is mated to an eight-speed PDK gearbox with a Turbo-specific set-up, the former of which has been improved with a redesigned charge air cooling system and piezo injectors for better throttle responsiveness.
Keep your foot down and the Turbo will push for a top speed of 320kph (compared to the Turbo S’ 330kph), although you’ll never notice the difference unless you had miles of open road ahead of you. The automaker’s Traction Management all-wheel-drive system can transfer power to the front whenever needed, giving the car the agility to handle corners and turns with plenty of finesse.
Not much has changed on the outside, except that this Porsche 911 Turbo is now slightly more muscular and wider — 1.8 inches wider in front and 0.8 inches wider at the back — than the previous iteration. Active aerodynamic elements include revised air intakes on the rear side panels, as well as a rear wing that increases downforce by 15 percent. It’ll be aesthetically similar to the Turbo S (save for badging and more rear pipes), with all the new trimmings of a 992-gen 911.
Those who aren’t easily satisfied will be happy to hear that options such as the Sports and Lightweight Design packages, sports chassis, and sports exhaust system will be made available to the model for the first time.
If your wallet can handle it, the Lightweight Design package shaves 30kg off the Coupé, mostly because there won’t be any rear seats. Insulation will also be cut down so you’ll get to enjoy the roar of the engine in all its glory, for better or worst. The Sports package will add snazzy bits like Black and Carbon features and Exclusive Design tail lights to the mix.
Inside, it’s business as usual with the 992-gen’s peerless cabin design and tech. The extensive equipment list here includes fully electrically controlled 14-way sports seats, the Sport Chrono package, a GT sports steering wheel with shift paddles, and a Bose surround sound system, so this isn’t a sports car you’ll be in a hurry to leave anytime soon.
Learn more at porsche.com
This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.