Porsche to go big, not go home After 40 years of in the business you might think Porsche would be running out of ways to up the wow factor
After 40 years in the business you might think Porsche would be running out of ways to up the wow factor that fans have come to expect from their vehicles- but the new 2014 Turbo and Turbo S seem to have done just that. True to the adage “go big or go home,” Porsche seems to have opted for the former, including a rear-mounted, turbocharged, 3.8-litre flat-six engine (using twin variable-turbine-geometry tubes) in the new 2014 911 Turbo and Turbo S.
But don’t take our word for it. According to Porsche the 2014 911 Turbo S will dispatch the Nürburgring Nordschleife in “well under 7 and a half minutes- with standard production tires.” All that power comes in the form of a 520 horsepower engine in the Turbo, with a 0-60 miles per hour (0-96 km/h) timing of 3.2 seconds and top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph). The Turbo S pushes the envelope even further with a 560 horsepower engine, a 0-60 miles per mile timing of just 2.9 seconds, and a top speed of 318 km/h (198 mph). The engine power is managed by Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox, which seems to be more than up to the challenge, adding increased fuel efficiency in combination with the turbo engine in a new thermal management system and auto start/stop system (EPA ratings will be available closer to the on-sale date of the cars at the end of 2013).
Power isn’t the only thing to discuss here though- with the new capabilities of the 2014 Turbo and Turbo S, Porsche has also made updates to the style and handing of the vehicles. This includes a wider body that is 28 mm (1.1 inches) wider than the Carrera 4, standard 20-inch aluminum wheels and full-LED headlights, as well as a deployable three-stage front spoiler and three-way rear wing. Also new to the Turbo and Turbo S is an all-wheel-drive system, with rear-wheel steering. Named the “Porsche Traction Management AWD,” it features electronically controlled and activated multi-plate coupling, is water cooled, and delivers higher amounts of torque to the front wheels. The rear-wheel system consists of two electro-mechanical actuators, which result in better steering response and turn-in as they allow for 2.8 degrees of rear-wheel steering.
However, power and performance like this don’t come cheap- Canadian pricing has the 911 Turbo model alone set to start at $169,200, with the starting price of the Turbo S at an even higher $206,600. Prices are slightly lower, but still in the same ballpark in the United States, with prices of USD$149,250, and USD$180,050 for the Turbo and Turbo S respectively.