8/12/09

2010 Porsche 911 Turbo – Better Than Ever


Those engineers at Porsche just can’t sit still. They love to tinker, and that is a big reason why I love Porsches.

Like the normally aspirated 911s as mentioned in an earlier article, the turbo is benefitting from what is known as a mid-cycle update. While it is not “all new”, as many web pundits are stating, the good news is that the updates are substantial. I’ll touch on a few that might get your attention…

Let’s start with the heart of the matter, that Porsche flat-six turbocharged engine. Displacement has been increased from 3.6 to 3.8 liters and direct fuel injection has been added along with other little tricks that boost both performance and fuel economy. The turbo is now a member of the 500 horsepower club and sips less fuel..!

Porsche’s dual-clutch PDK 7-speed transmission is an available option as well, along with new paddle shifters on the steering wheel. We recommend this transmission with the launch control feature, giving you a 0 – 60 mph time of 3.2 seconds according to the factory. This will out-quick pretty much everything out there.

Aesthetically the boosted 997 (factory designation number) inherits the same taillight LED treatment bestowed upon its lesser siblings as well as new wheel designs. Take note of the optional RS style in the picture above with a center-lock racing style wheel…HOT!

Does the Connoisseur like this car? In a word…YES! Due in showrooms early next year, the coupe will start at $132,800 and $143,800 for the convertible. Get your order in now…

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