Porsche has unveiled the new 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S ahead of their world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S will be available in coupe and convertible versions, both powered by the same 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six. Power has been increased by 20hp, taking the total to 580hp for the S and 540hp for the standard car.
That hike in power gives the 911 Turbo S Coupe a 0-62mph sprint of 2.9 seconds, while its top speed is 205mph – an increase of 8mph. Meanwhile the 911 Turbo takes a tenth of a second longer to reach 62mph from standing and the top speed is 3mph faster, at 198mph.
Porsche claims the coupes can sip fuel to the tune of 31mpg and 30.4mpg for the heavier convertibles, making it appear relatively frugal if you drive sensibly.
A new addition to both models is the GT sport steering wheel seen in the latest 911 Carrera. It’s based on the wheel found in the 918 Spyder hypercar and features a ‘Mode Switch’ that lets you dictate how lairy you want the car to be, choosing from Normal, Sport, Sport Plus or Individual modes.
Also new is the Sport Response button, which comes as part of the now standard Sport Chrono Package. Press it and the engine and transmission is pre-conditioned, providing instantaneous acceleration for up to 20 seconds so you can overtake more easily.
The new 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S have another performance-focussed mode, which applies the most sporting configuration when activated by pressing the Porsche Stability Management button in the centre console.
In terms of suspension, both models come with PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management). Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control roll compensation and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) system are also standard.
Aesthetic changes include seven double-spoke alloys that are 20-inches in diameter, a revised front and rear end, revised door handles and redesigned dual tailpipes.
The new Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S are on sale now and will arrive in Porsche dealerships at the end of January 2016. Prices start from £126,925 for the entry-level 911 Turbo, rising to £154,614 for the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet.
Buy one and you will be invited to test out your new car and how well you drive at a ‘bespoke driving experience’ at the Silverstone-based Porsche Experience Centre.