All eyes are now on the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo. The newest 911 adds 20 horsepower over last year’s model, but what really makes that noteworthy is the way in which it’s delivered. A lag reduction system keeps the pressure building without using additional fuel, keeping one or two positive PSI charged in the turbos ready for when you are. From a low of 2,000 rpm, all the way up to a peak of 5,500 rpm, the feel of the ride is unprecedentedly communicative.
The Turbo features a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat six engine that produces 540 horsepower and 580 in the Turbo S, along with an additional 30 pound-feet of torque for 513 lb.-ft. (553 lb.-ft. in overdrive). Either model will take you from 0-60 mph a hair quicker than previous models: 2.9 seconds in the Turbo or 2.8 seconds in the Turbo S.
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Porsche’s Sport Chrono Package is standard on the Turbo and Turbo S, along with a steering wheel mounted drive selector that sharpens throttle response, firms up the dampers, and adjusts aerodynamic settings. A click wheel on the steering wheel allows the driver to switch between Sport and Sport Plus without ever taking their eyes off the road. A boost button gives you 20 seconds of thrust for those moments when you need it the most.
Rear wheel drive improves maneuverability at low speeds, and an optional lift system for the front end can raise the nose 1.5 inches, making higher speed bumps and driveways less of a challenge. Blind spot monitoring helps you be aware of the traffic you can easily leave behind.
Cast-iron-on-steel rotor brakes that provide a natural feel are standard, but ceramic composites are available at an additional charge. The tires are 20-inch Pirelli P-Zeros.
The 2017 Turbo is slightly more than 3 inches wider than the 911 Carrera, and 1 inch wider than the 4S, with the additional width enunciated by a new front fascia and 3-D taillights. Chrome or black-tipped exhausts differentiate the Turbo from the Turbo S.
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