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Tweaked Porsche 911 Turbo: now with 205mph, CAR+ January 2016

Published: 19 January 2016

► Tweaked 911 Turbo S cracks 200mph
► New 2016 Turbo also gets an extra 20bhp
► Lag eradicated with special boost function

Now that every new 911 buyer can brag about owning a turbo, how are the proper Turbo and Turbo S going to cope? Should we send flowers? A counsellor? No, wait – Porsche has beaten us to it, and gifted the capital-T brigade with a nose job and an extra 20bhp.

This means the Turbo is up to 532bhp, courtesy of modified inlet ports, new injection nozzles and increased fuel pressure, and executes 0-62mph in 3.0sec on its way to 198mph. The Turbo S gets entirely new turbos with larger compressors and has swelled to 573bhp; 0-62mph takes 2.9sec, while an 8mph increase to 205mph makes it the first 911 Turbo to officially top the double ton. Coincidentally, that’s also 1mph more than McLaren quotes for the 570S…

Going full nerd, not only do the Turbos gain the steering wheel-mounted mode switch from the 991.2 Carrera – including the Sport Response button, which summons ‘optimum responsiveness’ from engine and transmission for 20 seconds (complete with countdown in the instrument cluster) – they also feature a dynamic boost function. This keeps the throttle valve open but cuts the fuelling during brief lifts of the accelerator, maintaining charge pressure long enough to mitigate lag. Sounds intriguing. And potentially loud.

Visual updates include the aforementioned snout, engine cover, exhausts and rear lights. The Turbo now boasts the same width 20in rims as the Turbo S, and as you’d expect from the range-toppers, both are loaded with tech, including active aero, active suspension, four-wheel steering and an updated infotainment suite. Prices start at £127k for the Turbo, rising to £155k for the Turbo S Cabriolet. On sale now. 

The 911 Turbo's now come with dynamic boost function to needle out lag

By CJ Hubbard

Former CAR magazine associate editor, road tester, organiser, extremely variable average wheel count

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