Now that the GT3 version of the new Porsche 911 has been unveiled, it is time to start speculating about the next member of the 991 family, the 991 Turbo. The first details on this model are starting to emerge, and although they suggest some pretty impressive numbers, sadly it ditches the manual gearbox.
So just like the GT3, the new Porsche 911 Turbo will be a PDK-only car. The difference is, the Turbo will be all-wheel-drive, reportedly with a computer-controlled, water-cooled Haldex central unit. Another GT3-derived feature is the active rear steering that helps with maneuverability and stability. This is to compensate for the use of electric steering instead of a full hydraulic system.
As for the engine, the flat-six unit will get two meaty turbochargers with up to 17.4 psi, developing 520 hp and 479 lb-ft. of torque in the Turbo and 560 hp and 516 lb-ft. in the Turbo S model. There will also be an overboost function offering an additional 37 lb-ft for up to ten seconds. The Turbo will be capable of 196 mph or 320 km/h, while the Turbo S will do 207 mph or 330 km/h. The car will also be able to lap the Nurburgring in under 7:30, up to 10 seconds faster than the previous model.
Visually, the Turbo will get the 991 Carrera 4’s wide hips which are flared a bit to accommodate even fatter tires. It also gets a unique rear spoiler, while the roof can be customized with different colors, glass, or carbon fiber.