Porsche’s Updated 911 Turbo Makes North American Debut

Unleashed as updated versions of what already was an excellent generation of flagship 911 models, the Turbo & Turbo S belong in the rare breed of startingly fast and yet usable supercars in the world.

The facelift didn’t bring a lot of changes to the exterior. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between them and its predecessors.

Under the subtle exterior changes, though, Porsche made sure performance went up across the board, making its Turbos even more appealing against similarly, or even higher, priced rivals.

The German sports car manufacturer didn’t try to reinvent the wheel when it came to giving the 911 Turbo & Turbo S more muscle. It only took some tweaks, such as the inlet ports in the cylinder head, new injection nozzles and fuel pressure for the “base” Turbo, although the Turbo S did get new turbochargers with larger compressors.

Thus, the 3.8-liter bi-turbo flat-six is pumping out an extra 20 HP for both the Turbo and Turbo S, bringing their outputs to 540 PS and 581 PS respectively.

Stuttgart has rolled out a supercar killer alright: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of just 2.9 seconds and top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). That’s faster than the Lambo Huracan, McLaren 650S, Ferrari 488 GTB and Audi R8 V10 Plus. Plus, unlike all but the Audi, it can be used day in, day out.

Sure, any gap between all of these cars is quite small, but doing this while being down on power and heavier to those other supercars is no small feat.

US buyers are going to find out just how amazing it is as long as they’re willing to part with anything between $159,200 and $200,400 – and again, those prices are extremely competitive for what you get. We’d say it’s not too far-fetched to call it a bargain. If you’re into the market, you’ll probably nod in agreement.