Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New Reveal : 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo

We were waiting for this; the 2nd-generation of the 997 Porsche Turbo. Yes, the 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo has come among us, and like always, the major changes are what's beneath. Public and live debut will come at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Though, we got all the information from the internet debut.
Just like all 911 Turbo generations, the 2010 model is available in Coupe and Cabriolet variants. So what's changed? Well, the changes are supple, but they're the same changes that happened for all 2nd generation 911s. Which include, a tail of day-time LEDs on the front bumpers, and a sharper-looking LED tail-lights. Other than that, it virtually looks nearly-identical to the 2007 911 Turbo, which isn't such a bad thing, because this already a great-looking Porsche. Inside though, the 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo receives a revised dashboard and navigation system, while Porsche also designed a new steering-wheel for this 911 Turbo.
Engine & Transmission:
So here's the real change; the 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo gets an all-new engine for this model year. The new 911 Turbo is powered by a new direct-injection and twin-turbocharged 3.8L flat-6, making 20 more hp and 15 more lb-ft of torque, at 500 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Of course, power goes to the usual Porsche's all-wheel-drive system. What about the transmission? Well, Porsche decided to hit the new 911 Turbo with their latest dual-clutch 7-speed PDK. However, their ridiculous 2-mode button shifter received lots of criticism; too much in fact, that Porsche doesn't offer PDK with their racing-inspired 911 GT3. Well, Porsche finally listened to those criticisms, and now the 911 Turbo with its PDK transmission, are fitted the proper and commonly-used F1-style paddle shifters (that used right-paddle for up-shift, and left-paddle for down-shift).
Handling & Performance:
To handling all the extra power will full pace, Porsche had to re-calibrate Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system, while Porsche Stability Management (PSM) is also re-programed to give-out more spin than the outgoing system. Plus, that despite all the new technologies and bigger engine, this 911 Turbo is actually lighter than last year's model. Coupled that, and Porsche's latest variable turbine geometry that deletes the turbo-lag, and the 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo will crack 60 mph in an astonishing 3.4 seconds, and topping-out at 194 mph. So, Porsche again hits the new rivals, from the new Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, hard!
Fuel-Economy & Prices:
Even with all that power and performance, the 2010 911 Turbo reduces CO2 emissions by 18%, while improving fuel-economy. The fuel-economy estimate for this 911 Turbo measures at 25 mpg, under the EU5 standard. That's very impressive for a monster like this, which will leave the big rivals in the petrol stations. In fact, 25 mpg in this 911 Turbo, is actually just as fuel-efficient as a V6-powered Toyota Camry! So what's the price of the engineering-brilliance? Well, pricing is listed for the coupe and cabriolet at $132,800 and $143,800 respectively, with an on-sale date of November 2009 in Germany and January 2010 world-wide. If anyone has the money; don't wait for the Frankfurt Motor Show to see it live, just order one right now!

Source: [Porsche]

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