Porsche is warming up for the Detroit Motor Show in January. The automaker will debut the 2017 versions of the 911 Turbo and Turbo S. These beasts get some slight design and electronic updates. They are also slightly more powerful and more expensive.
The power upgrade comes from the 3.8-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine. It’s the same engine as before, but with a 20 horsepower boost on both models. The 911 Turbo gets 540 horsepower with a boost from modified intake ports, new fuel injectors, and higher fuel pressure. The Turbo S makes 580 horses with new turbochargers with larger impelle.
The engine also now comes with dynamic boost function. This interrupts fuel injection while keeping the throttle valve partially open. This maintains the boost pressure when you briefly lift your foot from the accelerator. It also allows the engine to respond to changes in the throttle faster.
By the numbers, the Turbo and Turbo S now shoot to 60 mph in 2.9 and 2.8 seconds respectively. The Turbo tops out at 198 mph, the S at 205 mph.
Both models will come standard with the Sport Chrono Package. What it gets you is four drive modes – Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual – and the new GT sport steering wheel with the drive mode switch. The package also comes with the Sport Response button. It preconditions the settings to allow you to easily get the best handling.
The redesign gets new side air blades, narrow LED headlights, three-dimensional rear lights, four-point brake lights, sleeker door handles, a central air intake, and 20-inch wheels. Drivers choose between stainless steel and black chrome on the redesigned dual tailpipes.
The models get new infotainment systems. Navigation with real-time Google Street View and Google Earth images comes standard. Connect Plus improves smartphone integration with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cable. The touchscreen now accepts handwriting if you’re not a doctor.
The cabin is ready to rock with the 555 watt Bose sound system. It comes with 12 loudspeakers, an active subwoofer, and center speaker. A 821 watt Burmester system with 12 loudspeakers and 300 watt active subwoofer is available for more boom.
So how much? Both the 911 Turbo and Turbo S start at $159,200 and $188,100. To feel the wind in your hair you’ve got to cash out some more. The Turbo Cabriolet and Turbo S Cabriolet start at $171,500 and $200,400.