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The Mercury Cars Guide : October 24th 2009
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, October 24, 2009 Porsche engineers think Speed is still the number one priority for the new Porsche 911 Turbo that's due here next February. By James Stanford in Portugal SLEEK: The Porsche 911 Turbo is not only more power but true to its heritage, as seen with its interior, inset. PORSCHE has just been gobbled up by the Volkswa- gen Group and is bucking the global trend of down-sizing by fitting a larger engine to its ballistic new hero. In an era of detuning, Porsche is proud to announce the boosted 911 has a new 3.8-litre six-cylinder boxer with substantially more power than the 3.6-litre unit it replaces. Remarkably, the companys boffins have somehow managed to make it more efficient at the same time. That's all good, but what about the really important stuff? Is it faster to 100km/h? The last one was no slug, doing the 0-100km/h dash in just 3.7 seconds, but the new 911 Turbo has an official intestine- rearranging time of 3.4 seconds. Its top speed creeps up 2km/h to 312km/h How about around the Nurburgr- ing? Porsche says the new Turbo is 10 seconds faster around the monster German track than the car it replaces, which means a time of 7m39. If you believe Nissan, which Porsche doesn't, that is still slower than the fire- breathing GT-R. Porsche says the 911 Turbo's power- plant is the first all-new engine in the 35-year history of the famous model. It also says the motor shares little with the 3.8-litre naturally aspirated engine that powers the 911 Carrera S and 4S variants. Along with other advancements, the Turbo engine now uses direct injec- tion technology, which helps improve both performance and economy. Thanks to the fine work of two variable geometry turbine turbo- chargers with 1 bar maximum boost, the rear mounted motor manages to generate a whopping 368kW of power at 6000 revs and 650Nm of torque from 1950-5000rpm revs. There is even an option that pro- vides an extra 50Nm of overboost in 10 second bursts. The last model generated 353kW and 620Nm. It is unlikely 911 Turbo owners will give two hoots about fuel con- sumption, but it now uses a combined average of 11.6 litres per 100km instead of the 12.8 litres of its predecessor, which is an impressive reduction. In order to try and avoid frying the rear tyres to a crisp, the 911 Turbo sends the engines brute force to all four wheels. A six-speed manual is the standard transmission, but Turbo owners can now enjoy the sweet shifting seven- speed dual clutch automatic which Porsche somewhat humorously calls Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe. To save ink, well call it PDK. This is a big win for automatic fans as it is a far quicker shifting transmis- sion than the five-speed old torque convertor style automatic. Another big plus is the option of proper steering wheel paddles for the PDK, the right one shifts up and the left shifts down. This is likely to appeal to the many people who don't like the standard steering wheel toggle shifters. Porsche expects around 75 per cent of 911 Turbo buyers to opt for the PDK transmission. The main elements of the suspension remains the same, including MacPherson strut front and five-link rear using electronically con- trolled dampers. Porsche says the handling dynamics have been improved with the optional Porsche Torque Vectoring system, which is a limited slip differential as well as a system that brakes either rear wheel for maximum traction. The brakes remain unchanged, as you would expect with 350mm discs all round with six piston calipers latching on at the front and four piston calipers at the rear. There is no change when it comes to wheel sizes either, with the 911 Turbo maintaining 19-inch alloys, albeit with a different design. For the record, the tyres are 8.5 inches wide at the front and a huge 11 inches wide at the rear. Porsche has continued its tradition of the slow evolution of the Turbos design. Like its 911 underlings, the Turbo now adopts LED daytime run- ning lights as part of a lightly revised front bumper and new LED tail-lights. Both a coupe and convertible 911 Turbo will be available from launch. Final pricing is yet to be deter- mined, but the good news is that the new 911 Turbo will actually be cheaper than the current car as Porsche plans to pass on much of the saving from the import tax deduction (from 10 per cent to 5 per cent) that comes into place on January 1. It won't be cheap, but a manual coupe 911 Turbo is expected to cost about $355,000, down from 361,000 of the current car. The convertible should be around $380,000, down from $386,000. Opting for a PDK automatic is likely to add around $7900. driving The V-Box data system reveals the Porsche 911 Turbo convertible I'm driving has just gone from a stand- still to 60km/h in just 1.6 seconds. No, that's not a misprint. It also did 0-100km/h in just 3.2 seconds and covered the quarter mile (400m) in the incredible time of 11.19 seconds. The data showed the supercar pulled 1.1g when it launched with the ferocity of a firearm, a remarkable figure for a road car. It had just finished a day of furious track laps, but managed to set almost identical times over and over again in quick succession. I don't know of many cars that could handle such treatment without catching on fire. The engine is simply amazing. It already had trick turbos that almost eradicate turbo lag, but the new engines direct injection and capacity increase further boosts its respon- siveness. 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