Porsche has unveiled a cheaper, ‘base’ companion to its flagship 911 Turbo S sports car, simply dubbed ‘Turbo’.
At $396,500 plus on-road costs, the Turbo retails for $77,400 less than its bigger, brawnier Turbo S brother and its $473,900 sticker. It’s worth noting those prices are for the coupe – the Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolet are priced from $417,500 and $494,900 respectively.
Despite the far lower price, the ‘base’ Turbo is no shrinking violet. Its 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six – shared with the hotter S – develops 427kW of power and 750Nm of torque, routed to all wheels through a retuned eight-speed dual-clutch ‘PDK’ automatic transmission.
Those outputs represent a 29kW/40Nm boost over the outgoing 991.2-generation Turbo, but a 51kW/50Nm drop compared to the flagship Turbo S.
Porsche claims the new 911 Turbo completes the 0-100km/h sprint in just 2.8 seconds, towards a top speed of 319km/h – 0.1s and 11km/h down compared to the Turbo S.
An array of Porsche’s performance features are fitted as standard, including adaptive dampers, rear-wheel steering and cast-iron brakes measuring 408mm in diameter up front and 380mm at the rear.
Turn to the options list and goodies on offer include 10mm-lower sports suspension, adaptive dampers, a variable sports exhaust and the ‘Lightweight Design’ package, which cuts 30kg off the kerb weight through lightweight bucket seats, a rear seat delete and reduced sound deadening.
Filling the arches are 20-inch front and 21-inch rear alloy wheels, wrapped in 255mm and 315mm tyres at either end respectively. Hiding behind the rims are cast-iron sports brakes, measuring 408mm up front and 380mm at the rear – carbon-ceramic units with 10-piston front calipers are available as an option.
The Turbo benefits from the same gamut of active aerodynamic elements as its bigger brother, namely an extending front chin spoiler and active rear wing.
Visually, the Turbo is identical inside and out to the faster S. Exterior highlights include a subtle sports bodykit and trademark side vents, while inside the cabin there’s a digital instrument cluster with analog tachometer and a 10.9-inch central touchscreen.
Standard equipment in Australia will include heated 14-way power-adjustable seats, keyless entry, push-button start, parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, power-folding side mirrors and DAB digital radio.
The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo will launch Down Under at the end of 2020.