PORSCHE’S latest 911 Turbo is the fastest production car the German brand has produced and prices mirror the phenomenal performance.
The standard car will cost $384,900 plus on-roads when it goes on sale in Australia in May. The present model costs $366,100.
The added outlay buys prodigious acceleration – the sprint to 100km/h is lowered by 0.2sec to 3.0secs and Porsche is famously conservative with its claimed acceleration times – courtesy of a 14kW lift in power to 397kW.
Ante up $465,500 for the 427kW Turbo S (formerly $444,500) and take off another 0.1 sec on its way to a top speed of 330km/h. Cabrio versions will be $406,400 and $478,000 respectively.
Fuel consumption drops to 9.1 litres/100km for the coupes and 9.3 for the cabrios.
Straight-line performance is far from the Turbo’s only party trick. It ultimately doesn’t have the on-track precision of a 911 GT3 but compensates with more creature comforts, driving aids, the best dual-clutch transmission in the game and all-wheel drive power distribution that makes it a more reassuring ride on roads.
In its latest guise the standard Chrono Sport pack is accessed from a mode dial on the new steering wheel with Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual settings. A “sport response” button in the dial can be depressed to preset the engine and transmission for maximum acceleration, for 20 seconds at a time.
A dynamic boost function now limits turbocharger lag, thereby improving throttle response.
There’s also a new mode for the stability control setting to let the back end slide more before the software reins things back in.
Active suspension, which adjusts the damper stiffness depending on the mode and how the car is being driven, is standard, as is a reversing camera, which was previously on the options list.
The Turbo S adds a chassis anti-roll set-up to keep the car flat when cornering and carbon ceramic brakes to avoid fade during track days. Additional cabin bling includes carbon-fibre and upholstery is two-tone leather.
Subtle styling tweaks amount to a pair of LED indicators on the front bumper to emphasise its width, reshaped front cooling ducts and a revised spoiler.
The tail lights are redesigned and the engine cover now has vertical louvres on each side and a separate central scoop, which Porsche says maximises air flow to the twin-turbo 3.8-litre engine.
Interior enhancements include a touchscreen with sharper resolution touchscreen and connectivity upgrades, including Wi-Fi pairing with smart devices and Apple CarPlay.
Verdict: The 911 update doesn’t involve radical changes and there’s not much call to do so when you’ve been at the top of the supercar rankings for more than 40 years.
The legend continues.
The latest 911 is the quickest – and most expensive – yet.