There’ll be some big news from Porsche, next month, at the Frankfurt Motor Show. But we’ve gotten a first look at the 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo – which will be offered in both Coupe and Cabriolet trim – and want to share it with our readers.
The word, “more,” immediately comes to mind when describing the new Porsche flagship. It will be defined by an all-new engine, a new design, and performance numbers that normally fit into the supercar category. Yet, it also will deliver better mileage, a seeming must, no matter what category you compete in, these days.
The big news is the all-new flat-six boxer engine, the first time in the 35-year history of the Porsche Turbo that the sports car gets an all-new engine of its own. Displacing a modest 3.8 liters, it nonetheless will make a stunning 500 horsepower – 20 bhp more than the 3.6-liter boxer-six in the 2009 Porsche 911 Turbo. Torque jumps from 511 to 516 pound-feet with the optional Sport Chrono package. That’s enough to launch the 2-seater from 0 to 60, the German maker claims, in just 3.2 seconds.
To make those numbers, the new engine feature Direct Injection, a variable turbine geometry turbocharger, and a new expansion intake manifold first used by Porsche on its GT2 supercar.
Buyers will be offered a choice of either a 7-speed manual gearbox or the Porsche-Doppelkupplung. Call the latter PDK, for short. It’s essentially the same gearbox offered as an option on the new, 4-door Panamera, and can operate in either automatic or manual mode. In essence, this electronically-shifted manual system always has two gears ready to go, so there’s none of the bucking of earlier electro-mechanical transmissions, and shifts are not only smooth but lightning fast.