Hot on the heels of the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S, here comes the 911 Turbo.
Such is the pace of development that the new Turbo now makes as much power and torque as the previous 2019 Turbo S. That’s 572 hp and 553 lb-ft to be precise—a rise of 32 hp over the old Turbo.
The new Turbo accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds or 2.8 seconds if you like the wind in your hair and opt for the Cabriolet. Both reach the benchmark 0.2 seconds faster than their predecessors. Top speed is 198 mph, which somehow feels a little like a marketing decision, not a technical one. Want 200 mph bragging rights? Then you’ll have to get a Turbo S.
Like the Turbo S the heart of the Turbo is a 3745-cc six-cylinder boxer engine. Twin symmetrical VTG turbochargers with electrically controlled bypass valves are fitted, along with a redesigned charge air cooling system and piezo fuel injectors. Drive is two all four wheels via an eight-speed PDK transmission.
The new Turbo features many of the chassis upgrades from its bigger brother, including a wider track—up by 1.65 inches at the front and 0.39 inches at the rear. It wears 20-inch wheels and 255/35 tires on the front axle and 21-inch wheels with 315/30 tires on the rear. Brakes are boosted by 28 mm to 408 mm up front and the calipers are painted a shiny red. Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes are an additional-cost option.
Also on the options list are the Sport Exhaust system from the Turbo S, Sport Suspension (to lower the ride height by 0.39 inches) and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, which employs active anti-roll stabilization.
The Turbo gets the same wider body as the Turbo S, which gives it a 1.8-inch stretch across the front fenders and a 0.78-inch width increase at the rear. The other notable difference include controlled cooling flaps at the front, a bigger active front spoiler, and a larger active rear wing.
It can be further optioned with Lightweight and Sport packages. Removing the rear seats, cutting sound deadening and fitting bucket seats saves 66 pounds for the Lightweight option. The Sport pack sees more black and carbon-fiber elements added, along with clear tail lights.
The 2021 Turbo costs $170,800 with a fixed roof or $183,600 for the Cabriolet. By contrast the Turbo S begins at $203,000 and $216,300 before options. For that you get 640 hp and a 205 mph top speed. Pay your money and take your choice.