As four-wheeled evolution goes, the Porsche 911 Turbo’s first three and a half decades have been spectacular. First introduced at the back end of the oil crisis in 1974, Zuffenhausen’s iconic coupe began life with a 260-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter version of Porsche’s classic, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive. By all accounts, the first 911 Turbo was monstrously fast in a straight line but a wild ride otherwise, and not easy to tame in the wet. Despite its faults, the fatalistic attraction of that first 911 Turbo stuck. Over 35 years and six model generations, it has grown in power, performance and standing. The last one, the 997 launched in North America in 2006, served up 480 hp from its twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter flat-six and sent it to the corners through a sophisticated four-wheel-drive system. It was, as AutoWeek noted then, the most rounded 911 Turbo to date. It sold in bigger numbers than any of its predecessors, thanks in part to Porsche’s strategy to offer it in cabriolet guise and with an automatic gearbox. That brings us to this car, the new 911 Turbo. Unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September, it is another evolution of the car that preceded it. But it has been extensively reworked in a two-year program that August Achleitner, Porsche’s head of passenger-car development, claims made it more entertaining to drive. Given the adrenaline-inducing appeal of its predecessor, it is hard to believe that such a thing is possible. Still, it would be out of character for Porsche to unleash a new model that didn’t improve on the one it replaces.
The message here is familiar–bring together all the elements that have contributed to the 911 Turbo’s appeal through the years.
Not that it’s reflected in the styling. There’s little in the appearance to signal the extent of the modifications made under the 911 Turbo’s steel body shell. A close inspection reveals some subtle visual changes, including titanium-colored slats in the front air ducts, light-emitting diode daytime driving lamps in the space previously used by the fog lamps, exterior mirrors with a new double-arm design, altered tail lamp graphics with LEDs, and larger tailpipes poking out through the rear valance. This 911 Turbo rolls on new 19-inch forged alloys–some 8.5 inches in width up front and 11 inches at the rear. The two-tone wheels come shod standard with 235/35 ZR19 (front) and 305/30 ZR19 (rear) Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires. Alternately, customers can also opt for the RS Spyder-style wheels of the same size used on the 911 GT3, complete with center locking hubs. But there is a great deal to the 911 Turbo that has changed, starting with the engine. The 3.6-liter flat-six is replaced by a direct-injection 3.8-liter version, running reworked twin variable-vane turbochargers, a higher 9.8:1 compression ratio and closed deck architecture, which is claimed to boost rigidity. Peak power climbs from 480 hp to 500 hp at 6,000 rpm, while torque has increased from 464 lb-ft in the outgoing engine to 479 lb-ft between 1,950 rpm and 5,000 rpm. the optional Sports Chrono package and, along with goodies such as electromagnetic engine mounts, you get an over boost feature which momentarily elevates torque by an additional 37 lb-ft to 516 lb-ft–or more than double that of the original 911 Turbo from 1974.Power is still channeled through a Getrag-built six-speed manual gearbox to a four-wheel-drive system, or Traction Management system in Porsche-speak. It relies on a Haldex style multiplane clutch to apportion drive to the axle with the most grip. In extreme conditions, it is able to transfer up to 100 percent of drive to either axle. For the new 911 Turbo, however, there are changes to the nominal torque split to provide what Achleitner describes as a “more tail-happy character.” Porsche has changed the software to allow the multiplane clutch to send a greater percentage of drive to the rear under a wider range of conditions.
There also is a new optional gearbox, the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch unit. The gearbox, which comes with shift paddles mounted to the steering wheel, is based on the unit recently made available in lesser 911 models but gets beefed up clutches. The dual-clutch gearbox comes with a mechanical rear differential which, similar to the old 911 Turbo, achieves 22 percent lockup under power and 27 percent in overrun. Also available as optional equipment on the new car is an electronically controlled torque-vectoring system–the first time such a system has been used by Porsche. It alters the 911 Turbo’s yaw properties by automatically braking the inside rear wheel upon turn in, and not just when it’s needed but at every corner.
Black with Black Full Leather Interior, this incredibly low mileage 911 Turbo Cabriolet has just arrived in time for the top down weather ahead. Factory options include Black Full Leather, Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), Heated Front Seats, Seat Ventilation, Dynamic Cornering Lights, Bluetooth Phone Interface, XM Radio, Floor mats in Interior Color, Sport Wheel with Shift Paddles and Universal Audio Interface, Bose Sound System, Navigation, Memory Seats and Wind Deflector.
Added after the sale of the car is a set of satin black 19” BBS CH-R wheels that give this black beauty a sporty look. Also added was a remote Passport Radar/laser system.
Freshly serviced and inspected by the Weissach Calgary team, this great Cabriolet is available for immediate delivery, and qualifies for all our in-house Extended Warranty programs. All scrubbed and polished and totally loved up, this Turbo is ready for a new driver. Heated seats on, top down and sport shifting right at your fingers tips.
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