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Porsche reveals all-new 991 Turbo & Turbo S

The big hitting Turbo is back, so watch out McLaren...

Porsche has revealed the all-new 911 (991) Turbo far earlier than expected, given the public debut isn’t until the Frankfurt Motor Show in September – but we’re not complaining as a new 911 Turbo is something to be celebrated especially when it’s as impressive as this 991 version.

Happily commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 911 Turbo, the new 991 Turbo will be launched later this year alongside the more powerful Turbo S variant for the first time, giving Porsche a double-headed attack on the supercar establishment.

For the first time the 911 Turbo breaks the 500 bhp barrier in standard form, producing 513 bhp while in Turbo S form it now produces an incredible 552 bhp from the twin-turbocharged 3.8 litre flat-six engine, sent to all four wheels. Torque levels are yet to be revealed but expect them to be rather high. This new power boost means that; along with a moderate weight loss over the previous model, performance takes another notch up the scale straight into McLaren territory. The 0 – 62 mph sprint takes just 3.1 seconds in the Turbo S and there’s a limited 198 mph top speed.

Visually there isn’t as much of a change as from Carrera to GT3, but certainly still enough to know that this is no ordinary 911. Up front there’s a lower front bumper with a larger splitter, while there are reshaped DRL LED’s and air vents. The lower splitter has an inflatable section that expands at higher speeds creating more downforce. The front and rear wings are for the first time even wider than the Carrera 4S by 28 mm, itself wider than the standard Carrera. This gives the Turbo a much wider body shape with a pronounced crease over the rear, with the customary air intakes ahead of the rear wheels.

Speaking of the wheels, they are now 20-inch as per the rest of the 911 range options, but this time they have centrelocks like the GT3. The rear gets a new bumper with side vents and quad exhaust outlets and the spoiler is now larger and extends upwards in three stages.

Overall the new Turbo keeps the conservative looks of the 911 while adding a little touch of aggression here and there, just enough to let those in the know, know you mean business.

One of the most disappointing, if not entirely surprising elements to the new 911 Turbo is the fact that it will only be available with the company’s PDK dual clutch gearbox. We know that it makes it a faster cross country car and the driver can stay more focused, hands on the wheel more etc, but we just wish that Porsche would at least offer a manual gearbox as an option. Still, less than 20% of all 997 Turbos were sold with a manual gearbox so you can see why Porsche have done it.

The 991 Turbo is available to order now with deliveries starting in September. The Turbo starts at £118,349 and the Turbo S from £140,852.

Images courtesy of Porsche

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more