Just months after revealing the facelifted and turbocharged 911 Carrera, Porsche took the wraps off what they claim to be the fastest accelerating 911 to date – the 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S.
Unveiled ahead of their world debut at the upcoming 2016 Detroit Motor Show in January, the Turbo and Turbo S variants now boast having more power and ‘even broader everyday usability’. They still use the same twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre six-cylinder ‘Boxer’ engine, but it now makes 20 hp more than before, thanks to modified inlet ports in the cylinder head, new injection nozzles and higher fuel pressure.
The uprated engine produces 540 hp and 580 hp for the Turbo and Turbo S respectively. Both engines also feature a new turbocharger with larger compressor, and is still the only manufacturer to produce turbochargers with variable turbine geometry in petrol engines. For comparison’s sake, the base 911 Carrera and Carrera S variants (also turbocharged) make 370 hp and 420 hp respectively.
Besides that, the engine now comes with ‘dynamic boost function’ – a new feature that increases engine responsiveness by reducing input-to-reaction delay. This feature, Porsche claims, is even more pronounced in Sport and Sport Plus modes. As a result, the 911 Turbo is able to sprint from nought to 100km/h in 3.0 seconds flat, whereas the Turbo S is one-tenth of a second quicker at 2.9 seconds. Fuel consumption is also said to be better, consuming 9.1 litres per 100km.
Standard on both variants is the Sport Chrono Package with Mode Switch and Sports Response button, both of which are optional to the Carrera and Carrera S. They’re also equipped with PSM Sport Mode (Porsche Stability Management) which heightens sporty driving threshold. In other words, there’s more tail-slipping freedom for that extra kick to tickle your fancy. If, like in Malaysia, you live in an area where there’s plenty of unusually high road humps, Porsche is offering (as a cost option) what they call a ‘Lift System’ to increase ground clearance by 40mm.
Like the facelifted Carrera, both the 911 Turbo and Turbo S variants sport the same new look, save for some go-faster exterior and interior trims such as the LED headlights and a new front bumper which includes an additional fin in the central air intake. Both variants sit on 20-inch wheels, with the rear axles benefiting from fatter tyres.
Inside, they share the same new features as introduced with the facelifted range which includes the new touchscreen head unit or Porsche Communication Management (PCM). This supports mobile phone pairing and the myriad of connective support a 2015 car is expected to have. Deliveries of the new 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S will commence in January. Expect Sime Darby Auto Performance to introduce the facelift 911 range next year.