Every 2016 Porsche 911 comes with a turbocharged engine. But they’re not all called 911 Turbo. There still is a 911 Turbo, but it’s different from all the other turbo 911s. Confused yet?
Here’s how you can tell the difference: all non-Turbo turbo 911s have a down-sized 3.0-litre engine, whereas the new 2016 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S retain the big 3.8-litre mill.
Power is up in both the 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S. The Turbo has modified inlet ports and new fuel injectors running higher pressure, upping power to 532bhp. Meanwhile, the Turbo S gains new blowers, bringing output up to 572bhp.
As a result, the Turbo S will sprint from 0-62mph in 2.9secs and top out at 205mph. The ‘regular’ Turbo isn’t exactly tardy either, being just 0.1secs slower to 62mph and 7mph behind flat-out. By any measure, these are seriously quick cars.
As before, both cars come with seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes and four-wheel-drive as standard. Porsche claims fuel economy of 31mpg for coupes and 30.4mpg for convertibles. Though not if you’re trying to match those performance numbers.
To improve throttle response, both cars feature ‘dynamic boost function’. This holds the throttle valves open when the accelerator is briefly released, instead cutting the fuel injection to produce a ‘throttling-off’ effect. Porsche claims that, when the throttle is reapplied, the engine responds with “practically no delay.”
Also new are a Sport Response button, which delivers a 20-second burst of full power, regardless of which driving mode the car is in; and a Sport mode within the Porsche Stability Management system that eases back the electronic nannies even more than Sport Plus mode.
Styling has been revised in line with the rest of the 2016 911 range. There are new LED headlights, revised front air intake, frameless door handles, a new engine lid tailpipes and rear lights.
Inside, there’s a 360mm GT steering wheel and Porsche’s latest generation infotainment system, compatible with Apple CarPlay.
The 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S will debut at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show, but are already on sale in the UK. Prices start at £126,925 for a Turbo Coupe, rising to £154,614 for a Turbo S Cabriolet.
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By Only Motors