2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S get officially facelifted

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 2, 2015
Technical specifications
Weight
TBD
EngineEngine
3.8 liter twin-turbo six-cylinder
PowerPower
540 hp on the 911 Turbo / 580 hp on the 911 Turbo S
Max speedMax speed
198 mph on the 911 Turbo S / 205 mph on the 911 Turbo S
TransmissionTransmission
7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)
0 - 60 mph0 - 60 mph
911 Turbo: 2.9 seconds / 911 Turbo S: 2.8 seconds
Fuel consumptionFuel consumption
TBD
Engine layout / DriveEngine layout / Drive
Rear-wheel drive (RWD)

Porsche has just unveiled the brand new 2017 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S models! The German manufacturer is planning to unveil to the global public the next generation iterations of its 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2016.

Both models will be available in both coupe and convertible body styles. Meanwhile, all 911 Turbo models now feature as standard the Sport Chrono Package with mode switch and Sport Response button. This package includes the new GT sport steering wheel found in 918 Spyder design and measures 360 mm or 14.1 inches in diameter.

This steering wheel features a mode switch, which is made up of a rotary ring with stepped positions that drivers could use to select any of the four available drivetrain modes: Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, or Individual.

The Individual mode makes use of the vehicle configurations and setup -- including PDK shift strategy, throttle response and damper control – as inputted by the driver.

Moreover, the Sport Chrono Package also features the Sport Response button, a black button located in the center of the mode switch that pre-conditions the vehicle's engine and gearbox for the best possible responsiveness. When in this state, the vehicle can generate optimal acceleration for up to 20 seconds.

Additionally, the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system in the 911 Turbo now has a new mode – the PSM Sport Mode, which can be activated by pushing the PSM button on the center console once. When activated, the PSM Sport Mode sets the system's intervention to a higher level than on the Sport Plus mode on the previous 911 Turbo, thereby allowing the driver to push the vehicle closer to its limits.

Despite this, PSM will still be active to help maintain the stability of the 911 Turbo. This system can be deactivated by a single long press of the PSM button, thereby giving the driver full control of the vehicle. To make the new 911 Turbo models more dynamic, their chassis could be equipped with PASM as standard.

Moreover, the 911 Turbo S now comes with standard equipment that guarantees peak performance, like the active roll stabilization program PDCC and the Porsche Composite Ceramic Brake (PCCB) system. All 911 Turbo models could also be equipped with performance-enhancing options like the lift system for the front axle for increasing ground clearance by 40 mm or 1.5 inches, as well as the radar-based lane change assist.

The next generation Porsche 911 Turbo will arrive in the United States in April 2016.

Regarding the price, the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo starts at $159,200, while the 911 Turbo Cabriolet costs $171,500. The 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S is priced at $188,100, while the open-top version costs $200,400.

Exterior Design

Considered as the top-of-the-line versions of the 911, the MY2017 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S will offer sharper designs, adopting the characteristics of the MY2017 911 Carrera models and supplemented by typical 911 Turbo special features.

For instance, the new 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S will boast of a redesigned front end with side air blades, narrow LED front lights with double fillets and additional fin in the central air intake – emphasizing the vehicles' width. They will have new door handles without recess covers just like those on the 911 Carrera models, thereby providing them with a sleeker appearance.

Porsche also revised their rear fascia, putting in three-dimensional rear lights with their four-point brake lights and aura-like illumination. Likewise, the MY2017 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S will have redesigned dual tailpipes and exhaust tips.

The new Turbo will feature stainless steel exhaust tips in high gloss chrome while the Turbo S will have stainless steel exhaust tips in black chrome. The new generation 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S will be equipped with new 20-inch wheels.

The Turbo S will feature center lock wheels with ten double spokes. On the other hand, 911 Turbo will have wheels measuring 9J x 20 at the front and 11.5J x 20 at the rear. These new 911 models will don new rear decklid grill with three parts -- the right and left sections will have longitudinal vent vanes while the middle cover is separated to optimize engine air induction.

Interior Design

Also coming as standard on all 911 Turbo models are the Sport Chrono Package, LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and Park Assist front and rear including reversing camera. Of course, Turbo S models boasts of more standard equipment than Turbo versions, LED headlights with PDLS+, Sport Design exterior mirrors and a two-tone leather interior.

Turbo S models also feature 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats Plus with seat backrests in leather and Carbon Fiber interior trim. On the other hand, all 911 variants for the 2017 model year will feature as standard the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system with online navigation.

Featuring a seven-inch multi-touch monitor with high-quality glass surface, PCM offers an array of connectivity functions as provided by the standard Connect Plus module. Moreover, Navigation is now able to access the latest online traffic information in real time using Google StreetView.

It’s also able to visualize routes and destinations with 360-degree images and satellite images using Google Earth. Interestingly, the system is now able to process handwritten inputs. PCM now boasts of being to integrate compatible smartphones seamlessly and easily through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or cable. PCM also allows the driver to remotely control select vehicle functions.

Entertainment inside the cabin comes courtesy of the standard 555W Bose sound system with 12 loudspeakers, an active subwoofer and center speaker. Customers who wanted better cabin audio could opt for the 821W Burmester system with 12 loudspeakers and a 300W active subwoofer.

Powertrain

Lying at the heart of the 2017 911 Turbo is a 3.8 liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that now provides up to 540 hp in output, thanks to modified intake ports in the cylinder heads and new fuel injectors, as well as higher fuel pressure.

It also develops 523 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the 911 Turbo to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and reach top track speed of 198 mph, which is around 2 mph faster than the previous model.

While the six-cylinder belts out more power, it consumes less fuel thanks to advanced electronic engine and transmission management with revised gear change mappings.

On the other hand, the engine that powers the new 911 Turbo S now develops 580 hp in output and 553 lb.-ft. in torque, thanks to new turbochargers with larger impeller.

Likewise, the Turbo S has a higher redline at 7200 rpm. This enables the 911 Turbo S Coupe to sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and to achieve a top track speed of 205 mph, or around 7 mph faster than its predecessor.

To date, Porsche remains to be the only carmaker that employs turbochargers with variable turbine geometry in gasoline engines, which now feature a dynamic boost function that enhances throttle response during spirited driving.

This function also maintains the boost pressure during load changes -- like when the driver briefly releases the accelerator pedal -- by interrupting fuel injection while the throttle valve is still partially open. This results to an immediate engine response to changing throttle applications. This function can be felt more in the Sport and Sport Plus modes.

Press Release

Redefining fast: the new 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S

Porsche will be off to a powerful start in 2016 when the 2017 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S make their debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The top-of-the-line 911 models will be available in both coupe and convertible body styles and are equipped with engines offering 20 horsepower more than before, a sharper design, and enhanced features. The 3.8 liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine powering the 911 Turbo now develops 540 hp. The increase in horsepower is achieved through modified intake ports in the cylinder heads, new fuel injectors, and higher fuel pressure. The 911 Turbo S now makes 580 hp thanks to new turbochargers with larger impelle. In addition to a higher maximum torque (553 lb.-ft. in overboost compared to 523 lb.-ft. on the Turbo), the Turbo S also has a higher redline (7200 rpm instead of 7000). Porsche is still the only manufacturer to use turbochargers with variable turbine geometry in gasoline engines.

The engines now also have a dynamic boost function, which improves throttle response during spirited driving. It maintains the boost pressure during load changes – i.e. when the accelerator pedal is briefly released. This is achieved by interrupting fuel injection, while the throttle valve remains partially open. As a result, the engine responds to changing throttle applications with practically no delay. The effects of this function are particularly pronounced in the Sport and Sport Plus modes.

The powertrain enhancements take the performance of the 911 Turbo models to even higher levels than before. The 911 Turbo S Coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds, making it 0.1 seconds faster than its predecessor. Its top track speed of 205 miles per hour has increased by 7 miles per hour. The 911 Turbo reaches 60 miles per hour from standstill in 2.9 seconds, and its top track speed is 198 miles per hour – 2 miles per hour faster than the previous model. In spite of this increased performance, further advanced electronic engine and transmission management with revised gear change mappings reduce fuel consumption. EPA fuel consumption ratings will be available at a later date.

A standard feature on all Turbo models: Sport Chrono Package with mode switch and Sport Response button.
The Sport Chrono Package is now a standard feature on all 911 Turbo models. This includes the new GT sport steering wheel in 918 Spyder design measuring 360 mm or 14.1 inches in diameter and is equipped with a mode switch. It consists of a rotary ring with stepped positions that can be used to select one of the four drivetrain modes Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, or Individual. The Individual setting lets the driver configure and store her or his preferred vehicle setup, including PDK shift strategy, throttle response and damper control. Another new feature of the Sport Chrono Package is the Sport Response button. When the black button located in the center of the mode switch is pressed, it preconditions the engine and transmission for the best possible responsiveness. In this state, the vehicle can produce optimal acceleration for up to 20 seconds.

The Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system in the 911 Turbo models now features a new PSM Sport Mode. When the PSM button on the center console is pressed once, PSM Sport Mode is activated. This new mode shifts the PSM's intervention to a higher threshold than was the case in Sport Plus mode on the previous model. PSM Sport Mode allows the driver to approach the limits of the car more closely, for example on a closed course. However, PSM still remains active to help the driver maintain vehicle stability. True to the Porsche philosophy of giving the driver the option of full vehicle control, a long press of the PSM button completely deactivates the system.

A full set of driving dynamic features
The chassis of the new 911 Turbo models with PASM as standard now offers an even greater spread between performance and comfort. In addition, the 911 Turbo S offers a full array of standard equipment for peak performance: the active roll stabilization program PDCC is standard on the S model as is the Porsche Composite Ceramic Brake (PCCB) system. New options for all 911 Turbo models include radar-based lane change assist and a lift system for the front axle that can be used to increase ground clearance by 40 mm or 1.5 inches measured at the front spoiler lip. Sport Chrono Package, Park Assist front and rear including reversing camera, and LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) are now standard on all 911 Turbo models. In addition to higher performance, the Turbo S models offer an even more extensive range of standard equipment than the Turbo variants, including 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats Plus with seat backrests in leather, a two-tone leather interior, LED headlights with PDLS+, Sport Design exterior mirrors, and Carbon Fiber interior trim.

Sharper design with new characteristics
Naturally, the new generation of 911 Turbo adopts significant design characteristics of the 2017 911 Carrera models, supplemented by typical 911 Turbo special features. The redesigned front end with side air blades and narrow LED front lights with double fillets promote the width of the car, as does the additional fin in the central air intake. All models are also fitted with new 20-inch wheels. The center lock wheels on the 911 Turbo S feature seven instead of ten double spokes. Measuring 9 J x 20 at the front and 11.5 J x 20 at the rear, the new wheels of the 911 Turbo models are each half an inch wider, equaling those of the 911 Turbo S in size. Just like on the 911 Carrera models, new door handles without recess covers give the car a sleeker look. The rear fascia was also thoroughly reworked. Three-dimensional rear lights with their four-point brake lights and aura-like illumination, familiar from the 911 Carrera series, catch the eye. The new models also feature redesigned dual tailpipes and exhaust tips. As before, the Turbo S can be distinguished by stainless steel exhaust tips in black chrome, while the Turbo is fitted with those in high gloss chrome. The new rear decklid grill now features three parts: the right and left sections have longitudinal vent vanes, and the middle cover is separated to optimize air induction for the engine.

New Porsche Communication Management with online navigation
As in all 2017 911 variants, the newly developed infotainment system, PCM with navigation, is standard. This system features a 7-inch multi-touch monitor with high-quality glass surface, which is perfectly integrated into the center console and offers numerous new and extended connectivity functions thanks to the standard Connect Plus module. Navigation can also access the latest online traffic information in real time (Google® StreetView). Routes and destinations can be visualized with 360-degree images and satellite images (Google® Earth). In addition, the system can now process handwritten inputs. Moreover, compatible cell phones and smartphones can now be integrated more quickly, easily and comprehensively than before via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or cable. Select vehicle functions can now be controlled remotely as well. As in the previous models, the 555 watt Bose sound system with 12 loudspeakers, an active subwoofer and center speaker is offered as standard; an 821 watt Burmester system with 12 loudspeakers and a 300 watt active subwoofer can be ordered as an option.

Market launch and prices
In the United States, the new generation of Porsche 911 Turbo will reach dealers in April 2016. Base MSRP is as follows, not including the destination charge:
911 Turbo $ 159,200
911 Turbo Cabriolet $ 171,500
911 Turbo S $ 188,100
911 Turbo S Cabriolet $ 200,400

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