Auto solution for speed emergenciesIn the USA, dialing "9-1-1" means activating a nationwide emergency dispatch that can send medical and safety assistance to the distressed. Among local auto enthusiasts, the three digit number 911 connotes a German sportscar that can send speed assistance to those with the distressed need to drive and look fast. And its newest incarnation (recently launched at the EDSA Greenhills headquarters of PGA Cars) is enough to satisfy even those with a gluttony need for speed.
The new 911 Turbo comes right at the top of the 911 model series for a bevy of reasons. For starters, the exterior design features strikeningly chiseled intake air scoops with integrated LED direction indicators and redesigned side air intakes behind the doors. The foglamps are moved far to the outside to give the front end a unique look. The rear end, on the other hand, features wheel arches widened by 0.87 inches and the tailpipes moved higher than in previous models.
A new special feature on the new 911 Turbo is the aluminum doors, placed over and above the light-alloy front lid. Thanks to a special production technique, the doors offer the same safety in a collision as the steel doors on the Carrera models. But at the same time they weigh just 24 lbs., reducing the weight of the car by 31 lbs (five kilos lighter than its predecessor).
But the 911 Turbo body isn't just an ornament; the sportscar's exterior also offers great aerodynamics. Despite the wider body, the larger intake of cooling air and 19-inch wheels, the Cd (drag coefficient) remains unchanged at 0.31. At the same time Porsche reduced lift forces on the front axle and increased downforce at the rear thanks to an extended, newly contoured split wing above the engine hatch.
Blown twice and overboosted for your enjoyment
A unique engine feature of the new 911 Turbo is its two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry (VTG), first time ever on a gas-powered road car. Using special materials, Porsche has succeeded in developing 911 slugs (turbochargers) with 1000°C exhaust gas temperature endurance. This gives the two turbines a combination of small turbo low-rev boost/quick response with large turbo high-rev power.
The result is a significant increase in both power and torque. Maximum output of the flat-six horizontally opposed engine is 480 bhp at 6000 rpm (60 bhp more than its predecessor), despite an unchanged 3.6L displacement. Peak torque is up from 413 foot pounds (lb-ft) to 457 lbs-ft, all consistently between 1950-5000 rpm and offering better response than a single turbo engine.
As an option the new 911 Turbo is available with the Sports Chrono Package that includes an Overboost feature for faster acceleration. By pressing the Sports button, the engine is able to briefly increase boost by 0.2BAR, thus upping peak torque to 501 lbs-ft.
New four-wheel-drive management
The new 911 Turbo features a new four-wheel-drive (4WD), with several components from its Cayenne SUV sibling. One standard feature is PTM (Porsche Traction Management), which transmits exactly the right amount of torque to the front wheels (regardless of wheel slip front and rear) via an electromagnetically controlled multiple-plate clutch. Operating within 100 milliseconds at the very most, PTM responds faster than the engine to a change in load and more quickly than even the driver himself will ever notice. This, according to PGA Cars, aids traction and handling by redirecting the torque to control oversteer or understeer.
Helping the 911 Turbo's PTM in traction/cornering duties is a standard PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management). This computer-based damper system presents the driver with two suspension settings (Normal and Sports), with continuous damper adjustment being comfort-oriented or extra sporting and firm, depending on the setting chosen. In a nutshell, the new 911 Turbo adjusts its driving behavior to individual preferences.
Safety and sophistication
Porsche has always followed that increase in engine power always requires an increase in braking ability. The new 911 Turbo sports 350mm front discs and six-piston fixed-calipers that increase brake lining area by no less than 42 per cent. The 911 Turbo also sports 350 mm rear brake discs with four-piston fixed calipers.
Like all new 911 series models, the 911 Turbo offers the option of Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), which feature 380 mm front brake (37 lb lighter than the stock 911 Turbo's cast iron front discs) discs with faster response, fade- and corrosion-free.
And if one has doubts about the quality of Porsche vehicles, PGA Cars is happy to report that Porsche vehicles topped the 2006 JD Power and Associates Initial Quality Study. The said study looks at the problems owners report during the first 90 days of ownership, gained from over 63,000 buyers and lessees of 2006 models using a questionnaire which centers on 217 specific problem areas. In the survey, Porsche registered the least amount of problems over the aforementioned 90 days.
If one requires a dire need for speed in healthy doses, one may inquire about the new Porsche 911 Turbo (including detailed pricing) at PGA Cars' Porsche Center Philippines at 201 EDSA, Mandaluyong City. One may also call 727-0145 and 727-0381 to 85, e-mail at [email protected] or visit www.porsche.com for details.