Few cars are as iconic as the Porsche 911 Turbo, and there are about to be a lot more of them on the road.
Traditionally the turbo moniker was reserved for higher-performance versions of the 911, but starting next year all 911s (including the base Carrera model) will feature forced induction technology.
Both the Carrera and Carrera S will come with a new 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six engine, the former marking 370 hp and the latter making 420 hp. Those are 20 hp increases from the previous non-turbo motors.
Torque will also rise, with 331 lb-ft and 368 lb-ft respectively, with full thrust coming on at just 1700 rpm.
The results in performance are impressive with Porsche claiming the Carrera S (which will also now be available with rear-axle steering) will lap the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 30 seconds, 10 seconds faster than the previous model.
All 911 models will gain a new PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) system which can adjust the suspension and even lower it by 10 mm. The Carrera S will also feature 305 wide rear tires – up from 295.
As for straight line acceleration, the Carrera when equipped with the PDK dual-clutch transmission and Sport Chrono package will achieve a 0-60 time of just 4.0 seconds – two-tenths of a second faster than the old model. The S model, when similarly equipped, will take just 3.7 seconds to achieve the same speed.
And perhaps more importantly for P-car purists, Porsche claims the cars will maintain their distinctive exhaust note.
Additional upgrades include new headlights and a redesigned rear decklid and lights. Inside the car gets an updated Porsche Communication Management system with added functionality and improved usability. But the biggest change for the driver will be a new steering wheel (on Sport Chrono models) inspired by the 918 Spyder. It will come with a 4-mode rotary dial with settings for Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. These will let the driver select settings for the chassis, Start/Stop system, transmission and exhaust system.
Porsche also claims the new car will get up to a 12 percent improvement in fuel economy over the outgoing model.
The new model will officially make its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.
The 2017 911 will go on sale in the US in March of next year, priced as follows:
911 Carrera: $89,400
911 Carrera S: $103,400
911 Carrera Cabriolet: $101,700
911 Carrera S Cabriolet: $115,700