The Latest Porsche 911 Turbo
For decades, the Porsche 911
Turbo is one of the most feared production sports cars in the planet. Combining a turbocharged boxer engine with a
relatively compact frame, it can smoke just about anything when it comes to straight-line speed. Its handling is
also considered to be among the best in its class. And the experience of driving one of these supercars is
something that must be experience in order to be appreciated. Because of the unique stature of this car, there are
huge expectations for the 6th generation of the 911 Turbo.
The 997 Turbo made its first
appearance in the 2006 Geneva Motor Show. Within a few months, it is released in its domestic market Germany.
Compared to the 996 Turbo, this new model is fitted with all kinds of mechanical improvements that make it an even
more formidable force on the road. The 3.6 liter engine used in this engine features a turbocharger produces
maximum outputs of 480 horsepower at 6200RPM and 620Nm of torque at 5000RPM. A cooling system enhanced by
redesigned inlets and intercoolers is mainly responsible for this power increase. This powerful engine can be
coupled with either a 6-speed manual or a Tiptronic S transmission with dual
Historically, the 911 Turbo
has one of the most menacing powertrains around, allowing it to have incredible straight-line speed. The 997
version is no different. Fitted with the Tiptronic gearbox, it can go to 100 km/h from rest within 3.7 seconds, and
can go to 200 km/h within 12.2 seconds. These numbers are well within the territory of supercars. And with a top
speed of over 300 km/h, it can carry passengers to a unique white-knuckle experience.
But this car is more than just
a killer on the straight-line, as its performance is tuned to carve up the corners too. A redesigned 4-wheel drive
system distributes power to all 4 wheels, providing an ideal combination of cornering agility and traction. With
the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system in place, torque is distributed to the 4 wheels according to what the
situation presents. As such, it has admirable handling even during adverse road conditions.
The brakes installed in the
997 Turbo are more than capable of keeping up with the demands of an increased engine output. Disc brakes in all 4
corners, each measuring 350 millimeters each, are installed for excellent and consistent stopping power. They are
internally ventilated and perforated to ensure optimal heat distribution and prolonged performance. Coming as
optional equipment is a set of Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes. Not only are these discs lighter by 17 kilograms,
but they also have better fade resistance than their stock counterparts.
Just like the previous Turbo
models, this car comes with a slightly modified body composition. New aerodynamic components installed in the front
and rear, especially the distinctive rear wing, provides much-needed downforce for this car. Bi-xenon headlights
complete this car’s menacing image.
There are only a few cars in
the world that can compare to the Porsche 911 Turbo series. And the 997 version takes the Turbo experience up
another notch. The price to acquire one is pegged at 115000 euros, with that value potentially increasing with the
installation of optional equipment.