Today we’ve got some new pics of the next Porsche 911 Turbo, based on the forthcoming 911, codenamed the 991. These shots show less camouflage, so more of the finished car.
We revealed more about the 991 yesterday, but not so much is known of the 911 Turbo. We’ll take a guess though that it has a turbocharged version of the Carrera S’s flat six 3.8 litre petrol engine and, as the normally aspirated car now tops just shy of 400bhp, we’ll go with a figure of about 530bhp for the 991 based Turbo. This is just more than the last of the outgoing 997 based Turbo S models were achieving from the same engine.
Porsche is making no attempts to keep up as horsepower figures spiral skywards in the battle between Ferrari and McLaren (and Lamborghini, as the next Gallardo is expected to have 600bhp). Stuttgart has already hinted it wants another, all new model range above the 911 GT2 — the high powered, rear wheel drive version of what you see here — and below the 918 supercar. It’s that model which will take the battle to the 458 Italia and MP4-12C.
Not that the regular 911 Turbo can’t keep its own in that company. In a lighter body, thanks to extensive use of aluminium and (thinner) high strength steel, and with a faster and smoother PDK dual clutch transmission system powering all four wheels, the 991 Turbo will be a scorcher, with 0-60mph clocked in well under three seconds on the way to nudging 200mph. This car will not only ensure Porsche doesn’t lose face to more expensive rivals, but also puts some air between itself and the Nissan GT-R.
The new 911 Turbo may debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September alongside the regular 911 Carrera and Carrera S models; or Porsche may wait until Geneva next March to reveal the range topper.
To see all of our 991 spy shots click here.