Monday, 10 August 2009

2010 Porsche 911 Turbo gets power hike and twin clutch 'box!

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Porsche has revised the last variant its 997 series, to give us the new 911 Turbo for model year 2010, complete with PDK and DFI (direct fuel injection). The new flagship 911 Turbo will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show by September 2009, in both Coupe and Cabriolet guises.

For the first time in Porsche history (996 Turbo and earlier 997 Turbo are all 3.6L boxer-6s), the 911 Turbo will have a 3.8L flat-six boxer.Nicked from the facelifted 997 Carrera S/4S, this rear engine is blown and tweaked to deliver 500 hp, a hike of 20 hp from the previous model. Direct Fuel Injection (DFI), a new expansion intake manifold which debuted in the GT2 and Porsche’s twin turbocharger with variable turbine geometry (VTG) lead the long list of ‘wicked’ technical upgrades. Maximum torque has increased by 15 lb-ft to 516 lb-ft., a figure obtained with the optional Sport Chrono Package Turbo.

The Sport Chrono Package Turbo also enables acceleration from 0 - 96 km/h in 3.2 seconds through the gears of Porsche Doppelkupplung Getriebe (PDK) aka robotised 7–speed dual-clutch tranny. Top speed is 312 km/h for both the Turbo Coupe and Cabriolet. Also included in the Sport Chrono Package Turbo is Porsche’s innovative dynamic engine mounts. Introduced earlier this year on the 2010 GT3, the new mounts works with magnetic fluid that automatically adjusts for comfort or sport, depending on the driving conditions.

A new (optional) three-spoke steering wheel with conventional left-right shift paddles (finally!) is also available for PDK-equipped 911 Turbo. Mounted directly on the steering wheel, the right paddle is for shifting up, the left paddle for shifting down.

Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) available with the new 911 Turbo works in synergy with the standard Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive and Porsche Stability Management (PSM). This new optional system includes a mechanical limited slip differential and actively distributes power between the rear wheels, giving the sportscar even more agility and stability in corners, for an even higher level of sporty driving.

The 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe and 911 Turbo Cabriolet go on sale in January 2010. Pricing is the U.S. will be $132,800 and $143,800 respectively.

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