Following on from the recent updates to other Porsche 911 Carrera models, today we have the first official information about the 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo and 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S models. The top of the range Porsche offers gains in power, subtle design tweeks and a wider range of equipment. All the changes aim to make it more useable for the everyday driver.
Both Coupe and Convertible versions will make their debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, in January 2016. Both gain power from the twin-turbocharged, 3.8-litre flat-six engine. The Turbo now develops 540 hp thanks to modified inlet ports in the cylinder head, new injection nozzles and higher fuel pressure. The 911 Turbo S now develops 580 hp thanks to new turbochargers with larger compressors.
Both engines now also feature a ‘dynamic boost function’ which maintains turbocharger boost when the driver makes small changes to the accelator pedal. The throttle valve remains open to produce the effect wih no delay to an subsequent accelerator pedal input. Performance is improved as a result of the changes. The 911 Turbo S Coupé sprints to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 205 mph. The 911 Turbo reaches the 62 mph mark in 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph. Both return over 30 mpg (9 litres per 100km).
Both cars feature the new GT sport steering wheel with a design adopted from the 918 Spyder. It gets redesigned user options including a rotary dial for the four modes; Normal, Sport, Sport Plus or Individual. The Sport Chrono Package also gets a Sport Response button at the centre of the mode switch which pre-conditions the engine and transmission for optimum performance. This optimisation lasts for up to 20 seconds.
Porsche Stability Management receives an upgrade for the 911 Turbo with a new PSM Sport Mode. This modifies the PSM intervention threshold making it possible to approach performance limits. It works independant of the driver modes and is available at the touch of a button. New options for all 911 Turbo models also include the radar-based lane change assist and a lift system for the front axle to increase ground clearance by 40 mm at low speeds.
Design wise, the new 911 Turbo gets a redesigned front facia with side-mounted airblades and narrow LED front lights. New design 20-inch diameter wheels are available with seven spoke centre locking wheels an option on the 911 Turbo S. Wheel dimensions have changed for the 911 Turbo and now measure 9J x 20 at the front and 11.5J x 20 at the rear, half an inch wider than previously. This brings the 911 Turbo in line with the dimensions of the 911 Turbo S. The door handles are new and the rear body styling also gets a new style with new exhaust pipe exits and a new rear engine lid grille.
As expected, the 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S get the newly-developed infotainment system, Porsche Communication Management (PCM). A Bose audio system is now fitted as standard although a Burmester installation can be delivered as an option.
The new Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S models go on sale today. First deliveries will take place in January 2016 for UK customers at a price of £126,925 for the Turbo Coupe, £135,766 (€244,339) for the 911 Turbo Cabriolet, £145,773 (€262,349) for the 911 Turbo S or £154,614 (€278,260) for the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet. We will of course be at the Detroit Motor Show 2016 to see its official unveil!