2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S: More power, presence

By Bob Nagy on December 2, 2015 12:23 PM

Rounding out the revamp of its most iconic model line, Porsche has taken the wraps off of the updated 2017 911 Turbo and Turbo S Coupe and Cabriolet which will debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Each of these range-topping models complement their edgier appearance with 20 more horses and enhanced features highlighted by a revised suspension and new infotainment system.

Boosted performance  

Porsche pumped up output on the twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-6 engine in both Turbo and Turbo S models. The standard Turbo benefits from modified intake ports, new injectors and higher fuel pressure to raise the pony count from 520 to 540 while those tweaks plus higher boost pressure raise that figure from 560 to 580 on the 2017 Turbo S. The upgrades include a new dynamic boost function that improves response by maintaining turbo pressure even when the driver momentarily lifts off the throttle. The new 911 Turbo streaks from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds and maxes out at 198 mph which is 2 mph faster than the current car. The Turbo S models takes only 2.8 ticks to hit 60 mph and can reach a top speed of 205 mph - a gain of 7 mph. Despite the added punch, Porsche says revised management programming on the engine and 7-speed PDK transmission will marginally reduce fuel consumption on both the Turbo and Turbo S, although official EPA figures have not yet been released. 

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The 2017 911 Turbo and Turbo S models also step up their game on the dynamic front. Both feature the multi-mode Sport Chrono Package and driver-adjustable PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) with a more pronounced step between comfort and performance. The Porsche Stability Management system has a new, more aggressive Sport Mode in place of the previous Sport Plus setting. Stepping up to the Turbo S brings active roll stabilization and the composite ceramic brakes. 

Bolder looks  

Putting a more aggressive spin on the basic 911 Carerra design theme, the 2017 Porsche Turbo and Turbo S boast unique front/rear fascias that further emphasize their high performance. Model-specific 20-inch alloy wheels are wider than those on the Carreras and the engine cover grilles also have been redesigned to more effectively channel airflow. Inside, the Turbo and Turbo S employ a 918-style sport steering wheel and the new Porsche Communication Management infotainment system with a 7.0-inch multi-touch monitor and Connect Plus module with more connectivity. Audiophiles can upgrade the standard 555-watt Bose audio system to an 821-watt Burmester package. 

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Other new standard features on the Turbo and Turbo S include front/rear Park Assist with backup camera, and LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDSL). The 2017 Turbo S comes with a host of interior trim upgrades including 18-way adaptive sport seats, LED headlights with PDLS+ and Sport Design exterior mirrors. Both can be fitted with a new radar-based lane change assist and a front axle lift system that can increase ground clearance by 1.5 inches. Set to arrive at dealers in April, the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe will open at $160,195 and the 911 Turbo Cabriolet will start at $170,505. Opting for a Turbo S variant adds $28,900 to each.


 

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