2021 Porsche 911 Turbo: First Look

© Porsche Cars North America2021 Porsche 911 Turbo
Almost 50 years ago Porsche introduced the first 911 Turbo to North America, and it remains one of the most recognizable names and vehicles of the sports car world. Following the introduction of the 911 Turbo S a few months ago, Porsche now removes the wraps from the latest generation of the Porsche 911 Turbo. Available as a coupe or convertible, the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo takes giant leaps forward in both power and performance.

© Porsche Cars North AmericaMarket Shift
When Porsche’s first 911 Turbo came to market in the mid 1970s, its 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine with a single turbocharger produced about 260 horsepower. Although this might not seem powerful in a world where Toyota Camrys now have 300 horsepower, at the time the first 911 Turbo was one of the most powerful sports cars in America. The performance car world has changed considerably since then, and this latest 911 Turbo boasts more than twice the power of the original.

© Porsche Cars North AmericaMore Power
The new Porsche 911 Turbo sports a 3.8-liter 6-cylinder boxer engine with two symmetrical VTG turbochargers to produce 572 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque — an increase of 32 horses and 67 lb-ft of torque over the outgoing 911 Turbo. The rear-mounted engine gets teamed with an 8-speed PDK transmission specifically calibrated to the powerful turbo engine.

© Porsche Cars North AmericaOutstanding Performance
As expected, the 911 Turbo is very quick off the line. The coupe sprints to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds — approximately .2 seconds faster than its predecessor. The 911 Turbo Cabriolet takes one-tenth of a second longer to accomplish the same task. Top speed lists at 198 mph. The Porsche Traction Management system and active all-wheel drive can send more power to the front wheels than previous 911 Turbos, providing added traction and improved performance in dry or wet conditions.

© Porsche Cars North AmericaImproved Handling
With the power increase for the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo, the German automaker gives the 911 chassis many of the changes brought about by the previously released 911 Turbo S. These include improved steering response, a wider track and two suspension options. The standard suspension offers both agility and comfort, while those looking for a more sporting option can upgrade to the PASM Sport Suspension, which lowers ride height by .39 inches to further improve handling. The Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control with active anti-roll stabilization also is an available option, as are the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) with 10-piston front calipers.

© Porsche Cars North AmericaPowerful Stance
Like the 911 Turbo S, the new 911 Turbo is about 1.8-inches wider than the previous generation. Enhanced adaptive aerodynamics with air flaps at the front to control cooling, a larger active front spoiler and a bigger rear spoiler help set the Turbo apart from the standard 911. And LED headlights are now standard.

© Porsche Cars North AmericaRear View
At the rear of the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo, an LED light bar spans the width of the car above the PORSCHE logo and rectangular quad exhaust outlets. Buyers have the option of upgrading to the Sport Exhaust with distinctive twin oval outlets.

© Porsche Cars North AmericaSports Car Interior
Inside, the new 911 Turbo has standard sport seats with 14-way power adjustments, a Sport Chrono Package and GT Sport steering wheel with shift paddles. Front and center sits a nicely integrated 10.9-inch touchscreen display, while buttons below provide quick access to vehicle controls as well as climate control. A Bose surround sound audio system is also standard; buyers also have the option to upgrade to a Burmester high-end audio system.

© Porsche Cars North AmericaArriving Next Year
The all-new 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo can be ordered now, with deliveries expected to begin in early 2021. Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing starts at $170,800 for the 911 Turbo Coupe, while the 911 Turbo Cabriolet MSRP will begin at $183,600.

© Porsche Cars North America2021 Porsche 911 Turbo
Rear-axle steering and larger tires provide more traction at the rear.

© Porsche Cars North America2021 Porsche 911 Turbo
Brakes feature red fixed calipers on the 911 Turbo.

© Porsche Cars North America2021 Porsche 911 Turbo
Large integrated display screen.

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