Car reviews - Porsche - 911 - Turbo coupe
Porsche improves on perfection with a 911 Turbo that's even more flexible, accessible
18 Aug 2006
By CHRIS HARRIS
PORSCHE has done it again! The combination of brutal acceleration, limpet-like grip and enough top-of-the-class performance figures to win any garage bench race hands down made the current 911 Turbo the greatest and most popular Zuffenhausen flagship ever. Now, Porsche improves on perfection with a model that's not only larger, quicker and faster, but lighter, more efficient and cheaper to service. A more effective all-wheel drive system and even greater driveability make the new 911 Turbo's benchmark performance even easier for mere mortals to access. The fact the auto is quicker than the manual for the first time, and that either version is quick enough to see off the best supercars from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari to 200km/h, is simply icing on Porsche's delectable new cake.
Model release date: 1 August 2006 to 1 August 2008
Porsche 911 Turbo coupeReleased:
August 2006Family Tree: 911
Porsche's first liquid-cooled 911, the 996-series, provided the basis for the sports car maker's most popular Turbo ever. Some said the modern new shape, lack of (air-cooled) engine noise and more forgiving handling provided less visceral appeal than previous rear-engined 911 flagships, a line that stretches back 32 years. But with 309kW and 560Nm of torque on tap from its 3.6-litre twin-turbo flat six and a viscous-coupled all-wheel drive system transmitting it effectively to the road, it was nothing short of scintillating. Pricing started at $298,800 when launched, rising to $308,900 by the end of its six-year reign as the world's most accessible supercar.
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