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Monday 21 October 2019

Porsche gets wheels turning on new 911 Turbo

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

PORSCHE has revealed details of the latest 911 Turbo and some of the figures are amazing.

The straight-six 3.8-litre engine develops 552bhp in the S version with the 'standard' model kicking out a mere 513bhp.

But the acceleration figures are extraordinary when you see them in black and white, and outstrip the predecessor. The Turbo S manages to fling itself to 100kmh from a standing start in just 3.1 seconds, while the other version takes 0.1 of a second longer.

As we reported here before, there is no manual gearbox – it gets a 7spd dual-clutch automatic PDK gearbox instead.

There is a new rear-axle steering system with the back wheels turning in the opposite direction to the fronts at speeds up to 50kmh. That helps reduce the turning circle and will be a big aid to parking and driving in town.

After 80kmh they turn in the direction of the front wheels, significantly making cornering at speed much more stable. There's an adjustable rear spoiler at the rear too, which helps down-force. All of which is designed to give this as much grip as possible while going as fast as possible.

Interesting too that Porsche's stop-start system shuts off the engine when it is coasting to a halt. Somehow I don't think too many drivers will bother doing that. This is not a car for coasting in.

Irish Independent

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