As if this past week hasn’t been crazy enough for automotive enthusiasts, now Porsche is jumping into the fray with the introduction of the new 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo, which offered in both coupe and cabriolet forms.
The new 2021 911 Turbo is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six that puts out a whopping 572 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 32 hp and 67 lb-ft over its predecessor. Porsche’s lightning-quick eight-speed dual-clutch PDK automatic transmission does all of the heavy lifting (sorry manual purists), rocketing from 0-60 in 2.7 seconds (2.8s for the cabriolet), and a top track speed of 198mph.
Let me put that in perspective for you. The acceleration, power output and torque of the 2021 911 Turbo are on the level of the previous 2019 911 Turbo S (991.2).
Complementing the increase in power, the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo’s chassis has been tuned to offer an even greater level of performance. Adopting the changes implemented on the new 911 Turbo S earlier this year, steering response and precision on the new 911 Turbo models have been further improved thanks to an additional 1.65 inches of front track width and the new 20-inch 255/35 tires (up from 245/35 previously).
In addition, the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive system in the 911 Turbo is able to transfer even more power to the front wheels than before. Traction at the rear axle, which is equipped with rear-axle steering as standard, is increased even further by 0.39 inches of added track width compared to the last 911 Turbo, as well as 315/30 tires on 21-inch wheels (305/30 R 20 previously).
The revamped brake system is even larger than on the last 911 Turbo and can be recognized by the red fixed calipers. The front cast iron brake rotors now measure 408 millimeters in diameter (28 mm larger than the previous 911 Turbo) and are 36 millimeters thick (plus 2 mm). The rear axle features 380-millimeter brake rotors that are 30 millimeters thick. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), standard on the 911 Turbo S, with 10-piston front calipers, are available as an option.
A Sport Exhaust system that was introduced on the 911 Turbo S is also optionally available for the 911 Turbo for the very first time. Two different suspension options are also new: while the standard PASM suspension offers a greater spread between agility and ride comfort than before, the particularly performance oriented, electronic controlled PASM Sport Suspension with a 0.39 inch (10 mm) lower ride height compared to the standard suspension benefits the agility of the new 911 Turbo even further with a set-up aimed at further enhancing driving dynamics. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), which uses active anti-roll stabilization, is available as an option for the 911 Turbo models.
The muscular design of the 2021 911 Turbo reflects the increase in power and performance of the new 992-generation. Shared with the 2021 911 Turbo S, the body of the new 911 Turbo models is 1.8 inches wider than the predecessor at the front fenders to accommodate the increase in track width and tire size compared to the previous model. The new front luggage compartment lid featuring a striking recess in the center underlines the performance-focused character. LED headlights with PDLS Plus are fitted as standard.
At the rear axle, the body is now 0.78 inches wider than the previous 911 Turbo (991), also to accommodate wider track and tires. Other distinguishing features of the new 911 Turbo are the enhanced adaptive aerodynamics with controlled cooling air flaps at the front, a larger active front spoiler and the significantly increased size of the active rear spoiler. The air intakes on the rear side panels now draw in process air rather than cooling air. The charge air coolers are now positioned directly in the air stream under the rear decklid. The continuous light bar with LED tail lights as well as the new louvered rear decklid grille with silver trim strips round off the design of the rear end.
Want your Turbo to stand out even more? The appearance and performance-focused character of the vehicle can be additionally enhanced by the optional Lightweight package and Sport package. The Lightweight package for the coupe reduces the vehicle’s weight by about 66 lbs. Full Bucket seats, the deletion of the rear seats and reduced sound insulation contribute to the weight savings and allow that glorious exhaust note to enter the cabin more intensely. The Sport package encompasses all the elements of the SportDesign package as well as additional applications in Black, carbon fiber elements and Exclusive Design clear taillights.
The basic elements of the 911 Turbo interior correspond to those of the current 911 Carrera models with Porsche Advanced Cockpit and Direct Touch Control. The 10.9-inch Porsche Communication Management (PCM) center screen can be operated quickly. The extensive list of standard equipment includes electrically adjustable 14-way Sport seats, the Sport Chrono package, a GT Sport steering wheel with shift paddles and mode switch as well as the BOSE® Surround Sound System. Numerous options are available, including Porsche InnoDrive with adaptive cruise control, Lane Keep Assist with traffic sign recognition, Night Vision Assist, Surround View and a Burmester High-End Surround Sound System.
The 2021 911 Turbo Coupe starts at $172,150, while the 2021 911 Turbo Cabriolet will set you back $184,950. Both prices are $32,700 less than their 2021 Porsche Turbo S counterparts, but they still offering every bit the supercar experience, with blistering performance that will get your pulse racing every time you step on the gas.
Dealers are taking orders now, with cars expected to reach the U.S. in early 2021. Those with heart conditions need not apply. 😀