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2021 Porsche 911 Turbo drives deeper into sub-3-second territory

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo drives...
With its 572-hp twin-turbo six-cylinder, the Porsche 911 Turbo sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds
With its 572-hp twin-turbo six-cylinder, the Porsche 911 Turbo sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds
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New Turbo models join the 911 family
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New Turbo models join the 911 family
Like the 911 Turbo S that Porsche first showed in April, the new 911 Turbo Coupe has an active rear spoiler
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Like the 911 Turbo S that Porsche first showed in April, the new 911 Turbo Coupe has an active rear spoiler
Up front, the 911 Turbo has controlled cooling flaps and an active spoiler
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Up front, the 911 Turbo has controlled cooling flaps and an active spoiler
With its 572-hp twin-turbo six-cylinder, the Porsche 911 Turbo sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds
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With its 572-hp twin-turbo six-cylinder, the Porsche 911 Turbo sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds
Top speed for the 911 Turbo Coupe comes at 199 mph
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Top speed for the 911 Turbo Coupe comes at 199 mph
The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo arrives
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The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo arrives
The interior includes a sport steering wheel and sport seats
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The interior includes a sport steering wheel and sport seats
10.9-in touchscreen infotainment system
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10.9-in touchscreen infotainment system
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After debuting the eight-generation 911 (992) in late 2018 and introducing the Carrera models last year, Porsche has pushed forward in turbocharging the 911 for 2020. The Turbo S and its $204K suite of track-attack goodies arrived in April, and now Porsche is dialing things back just a little with a base Turbo Coupe and Cabriolet that save a little coin while still delivering big twin-turbo horsepower and supercar-grade acceleration.

The new 911 Turbo Coupe and Cabriolet arrive with a 3.8-liter boxer-six beating loudly at the rear. Two symmetrical VTG turbochargers with electrically controlled bypass valves team with newly added piezo fuel injectors and completely reworked cooling around the engine to improve throttle response, torque delivery and free-revving. The engine comes mated to Porsche's eight-speed PDK transmission, specially calibrated for the uprated performance.

The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo arrives
The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo arrives

Long story short, the 911 Turbo becomes more powerful and primal than ever, and those looking to push it to the limits can launch the Coupe from 0 to 60 mph (96.5 mph) in 2.7 seconds, two tenths quicker than the previous 911 Turbo. It'll run the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds before topping out at 199 mph (320 km/h). The Cabriolet Turbo is also two tenths quicker than its predecessor, hitting the 0-60 mark in 2.8 seconds. It shares its 199-mph top speed with the Coupe.

The 911 Turbo's body stretches out over wide tracks with 20-in wheels up front, 21 in back and brings with it controlled cooling flaps in the front bumper, active front and rear spoilers, and standard LED headlights with PDLS Plus.

Up front, the 911 Turbo has controlled cooling flaps and an active spoiler
Up front, the 911 Turbo has controlled cooling flaps and an active spoiler

Keeping the 911 Turbo ride sharp and tight are Porsche's rear-wheel steering and traction management all-wheel drive. Larger brake rotors improve stopping power, and carbon ceramics can be specified optionally. Other options include the sport exhaust first introduced on the Turbo S, an active suspension sport tune that drops ride height by roughly 0.4 in (10 mm), and Dynamic Chassis Control for active anti-roll stabilization that cuts body roll through fast corners.

The interior standard equipment kit encompasses the Sport Chrono package, 14-way sport seats, a GT Sport steering wheel and Bose surround sound. A 10.9-in touchscreen delivers fast, precise infotainment. Buyers who check off the Lightweight package option box will leave 66 lb (30 kg) behind at the factory in commissioning Porsche to delete the rear seats, thin out the sound insulation and mount down full bucket seats.

The interior includes a sport steering wheel and sport seats
The interior includes a sport steering wheel and sport seats

Porsche expects to roll the $172,150 911 Turbo Coupe and $184,950 911 Turbo Cabriolet out to dealerships in early 2021. Both base prices include delivery, processing and handling fee, and the order books are open right now.

Source: Porsche

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13 comments
Spud Murphy
So, all that tech and cost and it's still not as quick as a Tesla Model S? Amazing how companies persist with dinotech when EVs are killing them already, and it's early days for EVs.
paul314
That top speed sounds as if it might be deliberately limited.
guzmanchinky
It's amazing how they can keep sharpening the knife! I look forward to an electric 911 someday...
WB
somehow feels like a ICE dinosaur looking at the incoming EV meteorite. A Tesla Model S does 2.3s, 0 to 60, is the safest car in it's class and seats 7 and comes with "free gas" for life (unlimited free supercharging), bio weapon defense mode HEPA airfilter and has the best autopilot in the industry, gets better every month with auto updates over the air, is available NOW - not next year - and does all that while costing half than this ICE dinosaur.
Johannes
I'm sure Porsche will sell as many of these as it wants to, but can't help thinking that the ICE era for performance cars is nearly over. As other commenters have said, a less expensive saloon EV can outdo a very highly engineered sports supercar, in a straight line at least. Porsche would be wise to accept the inevitable, and focus its efforts on EVs from here on in.
Steven
I grow Tired of all the ICE comments..... Can a Tesla Model S do the 1/4 10x over and still run a 10sec time? No it will be as fast as your mums minibus. Can it do a lap or 10 of your local racetrack and fill up in 5min and go again? No, you have to wait 4hrs. While i love the idea and implementation of electric cars they have a LONG way to go to compete, those that bring up how ICE's are dead don't want to compare the vehicle as a whole and you think you know better than the manufacturers still making tons of awesome dino-juice fueled cars?
Lee Bell
Nice little hot rod!
Catweazle
It may not be as quick as a Tesla but I can put enough fuel in it to go around 500 miles in two or three minutes.
fen
The ice comments are silly. We all know electric cars can do a quicker 0-60, but people who own a porsche do cross country drives in them to race tracks. There are porsche clubs all over the place, they meet up, drive somewhere and race. You would have to buy 2 or 3 battery powered cars to have the same lifestyle. Youd need to drive some of them to the track on a trailer.

I mean if you have this porsche and a wallet full of money, you can just take off at the weekend and go ANYWHERE in the EU. You could even go to russia or Turkey if you wanted. You dont have to drive to the beach with the free electric parking, you can drive to any beach you want.
foxpup
Sigh....It has tailpipes....runs on dinosaur juice....still burning stuff like cavemen used to do...Ooga, Booga! Look what Gronk do!!!