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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Accelerates to 60 MPH in 2.9 Seconds

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Accelerates to 60 MPH in 2.9 Seconds

By Jeff Youngs, May 03, 2013
Forty years after the first turbocharged 911 debuted at the 1973 Frankfurt International Auto Show, the redesigned 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo arrives to complete the 2-year transformation of the automaker's iconic sports car lineup. Calling the new 2014 911 Turbo and 2014 911 Turbo S models the "technological and dynamic performance peak" of the series, Porsche announced that the most powerful and quickest iteration of the sports car will accelerate to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.

The standard 2014 911 Turbo can't achieve that level of performance. It's equipped with a rear-mounted, direct-injected, twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine delivering 520 horsepower. The engine drives all four wheels through a new Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel-drive system and an upgraded 7-speed automated dual-clutch Porsche Doppelkupplugsgetriebe (PDK) transmission. When equipped with the Sport Chrono Package Plus option, this car accelerates to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, according to Porsche.

The faster model is the 2014 911 Turbo S. It generates 560 horsepower, and includes the Sport Chrono Package Plus as standard equipment. Set the car up properly, and Porsche says 60 mph arrives in 2.9 seconds, that the top speed is 198 mph, and that the 911 Turbo S laps the Nurburgring Nordschleife in less than 7.5 minutes.

Both versions of the new 911 Turbo are equipped with an automatic start/stop system and an engine shut-off function when the car is coasting. These technologies, as well as new thermal management systems for the engine and transmission, are claimed to improve fuel economy for 2014. Porsche says it will provide official fuel-economy estimates closer to the car's arrival in showrooms.

To handle the increased power output, Porsche has strengthened the new PTM all-wheel-drive system, and designed it to deliver faster, more precise power distribution. The new 2014 911 Turbo is also equipped with active rear-axle steering as standard equipment. Electro-mechanical actuators vary rear wheel steering angle up to 2.8 degrees. At speeds up to 31 mph, the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the front wheels in order to tighten cornering lines and improve low-speed maneuvering, effectively shortening the car's wheelbase by 9.8 inches, according to Porsche. At speeds above 50 mph, the system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels, virtually lengthening the wheelbase by 19.6 inches, thereby improving the car's directional control, stability, and responsiveness, Porsche claims.

Options for the standard 911 Turbo include Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDDC), an active anti-roll system, and Porsche Carbon Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). These items are standard for the new 911 Turbo S, which is also equipped with center wheel hub locks and a camera-based headlight beam control system.

Riding on a wheelbase stretched 3.9 inches compared to the model it replaces, the 2014 911 Turbo is equipped with standard forged aluminum 20-inch wheels, full LED headlights with 4-point daytime running lights, and rear body panels that are 1.1 inches wider than those on the 911 Carrera 4. A new active aerodynamics system includes 3-position front and rear spoilers, and Porsche says that when both are deployed to their most aggressive positions, this system alone shaves 2 seconds off the 911 Turbo's Nurburgring lap time.

Upgrading to the 911 Turbo S model adds more than just extra performance hardware. The interior is equipped with 18-way power-adjustable Sports Seats Plus with memory settings and leather upholstered seatbacks, plus carbon-look trim elements and an exclusive Black and Carrera Red color combination. All 2014 911 Turbo models include a speaker that transmits induction and engine sounds into the cabin, as well as a Bose audio system. Options include premium Burmeister audio components, radar-controlled cruise control, and camera-based road sign and speed limit recognition systems.

When the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo goes on sale at the end of 2013, it will cost $149,250 for the standard 911 Turbo, and $182,050 for the Turbo S, both prices including a destination charge of $950.

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