When the new 911 debuted with the inclusion of turbochargers for all models, questions came about as to what they would call the ultra-performance model that enthusiasts came to know as the 911 Turbo.
The question was answered. It’s still the 911 Turbo.
The 911 Turbo originated in the type 930 911 in 1980, and ever since, the name has signified the ultimate performance version of the heralded sports car, slotting above the naturally-aspirated variants across the model lineup. Now that the technology has reached all levels of the 911, the name 911 Turbo still defines the halo of the 911 line.
36 years later, the progression has been astronomical.
The latest 911 Turbo and Turbo S join the 991.2 model lineup set for 2016. Improving upon the performance capabilities of the previous generation proved feasible, as the latest versions pack 540 horsepower and 580 horsepower for the S. 0-60 times remain around a hypercar-challenging 3.0 seconds up to a speed of more than 200 mph. Though the idea that the 911 Turbo can compete with cars five times its price is not a new one, the newest generation sees a few more modern changes and tweaks to keep the ball rolling.
The increased performance comes in the updated package of the 991.2, which is a bit sharper and better optimized for spirited performance. Also new in the Turbo is a steering wheel fresh out of the 918 Spyder, looking eerily similar as the Turbo now features a wheel-mounted clickwheel to select modes varying from Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and a highly-customizable Individual setting, with these settings being transferred from a formerly-cluttered center console. The modes vary from a customizable experience to settings that the car optimizes itself based on the conditions, making the new 911 Turbo the aggressor in a number of situations.
The new 911 Turbo is expected to debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.