The Porsche 911 turbo is the next car in the large range of 911’s that seems to be ever expanding. It will keep some features from the coupe but will also have some new ones too. For example the twin turbo powertrain will be retained but it will be 50kg heavier than the 1645kg turbo.
From the pictures there are some clues that the 911 is turbocharged. The rear wing is huge which is one pointer but also the air intakes above the rear arches are a big clue. The 20 spoke alloy design is also exclusive to the turbo and so that is really the biggest clue. The wheel is different to the lightweight mesh wheel that the 911 turbo S has though – that one has 552bhp whereas the car pictures is 513bhp.
The car will have some similarities with all of the 991 turbos such as the fact that they are all wheel drive and automatic with no manual gear box option. It has a rear wheel steering system which helps it to be more agile at lower speeds and more stable at higher speeds, It is also the widest 911 as it has a wheel arch extension of 28mm over the body style which is the inflated Carrera 4. It has 2+2 seating with a soft top.
This will make it a bit heavier but should not have a significant effect on the performance as it made no difference to the 997 Turbo cabriolet. It has therefore been predicted that the car will manage 62mph in about 3.2 seconds and reach up to 200mph at its fastest speed.
It is expected that the car will be £8600 higher than the standard model, as this is what Porsche tends to add on. This will mean that the 911 turbo cabriolet will cost £127,000. The 552bhp Turbo S which has ceramic brakes, upgraded hi-fi and sport Chrono pack as standard is likely to cost £148,000.
This may sound expensive but fits in with other cars in that part of the market. The Audi R8 V10 Spyder is £5k cheaper in its manual version but most people will want the fast dual clutch S-tronic gearbox which is only £2k cheaper. However, there are some models which are much more expensive, such as the McLaren 12C Spider which is £195,000 and the Ferrari 458 Spider which is £198,000.
In the future it is expected that there will be another 911 from Porsche. This will be a mix of the cabriolet and coupe with a solid roof that retracts electronically and called the Targa, which should arrive in 2014. There is also a rear drive with 550bhp called the GT2 that is being worked on by Porsche at the moment.