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Bigger new twin-turbo flat six and clever chassis tech lifts 911 Turbo to new level

Porsche logo19 Feb 2010

By LUCIANO PAOLINO

LOOKS can be deceiving. Differentiated only by LED front driving lights, new twin-arm mirrors and a slightly more aggressive front bumper, the latest 911 Turbo comes with the first all-new engine in the flagship Porsche model’s 35-year history. With 368kW and 650Nm of torque – rising to a staggering 700Nm in the optional Sports Chrono pack’s overboost mode. The larger 3.8-litre direct-injection engine features two improved variable-geometry turbochargers and a higher 9.8:1 compression ratio to also boost fuel efficiency, while new options including active engine mounts and a ‘torque vectoring’ mechanical rear differential also raise the latest 911 Turbo’s dynamic prowess to new heights.
Model release date: 1 February 2010 to 1 January 2012

Previous model

Porsche (997-series) 911 Turbo

Released: August 2006
Ended: August 2008
Family Tree: 911

THE 997-series 911 was sold in Australia between August 2006 and August 2008, replacing the first liquid-cooled 911 ever, the 996-series launched here in 2000. It delivered substantial performance gains over the 996 Turbo, despite maintaining a 3.6-litre displacement for its twin-turbo flat six, which offered 353kW and 620Nm of torque. The standard six-speed manual, which sprinted to 100km/h in a claimed 3.7 seconds, was last sold at $361,100, while the five-speed Tiptronic S auto version cost $369,100 and hit 100km/h in a claimed 3.9 seconds.

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