Porsche introduces the 911 Turbo and Turbo S refresh, coming with up to 580 PS image

The German luxury sports car maker has just introduced the facelifted 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S range, which should be seen for the first time by the worldwide audience during the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The class of models looks instantly exactly as you have been used to, with the refresh modestly bringing very subtle changes – we get a new front with modified air intakes and revised LED day time running lights. An even closer look will reveal the engineers and designers also agreed to change the door handles, refresh the taillights and deliver fresh 20-inch alloy wheels. Design changes wouldn’t be complete without a very subtle rework of the rear bumper as well. The same goes for the cabin, where it’s déjà vu all over again. We do get some new amenities though: a new sport steering wheel complete with rotary mode selector for the Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual setups. Drivers will also notice the updated Porsche Communication Management system and the standard audio prowess of the Bose audio system. Porsche has also decided the Sport Chrono Package should now be standard and it has updated to include the new Sport Response switch that can “precondition the engine and gearbox for the best possible responsiveness at the push of a button.” It serves as an “optimal acceleration” dial for up to 20 seconds.

Performance wise, the automaker also equipped the cars with a new PSM Sport Mode button that will tune the Porsche Stability Management system’s intervention threshold – allowing drivers to safely go near the vehicle’s limits. Under the bonnet we find the usual twin-turbo 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that has now gained another 20 PS (15 kW). Thus the Porsche 911 turbo will sport 540 PS (397 kW), and the Turbo S delivers 580 PS (427 kW). The extra grunt suffices to have the regular turbo jump to 100 km/h (62 mph) in three seconds and reach a higher maximum speed of 320 km/h (198 mph). Meanwhile, the more powerful Turbo S brethren will do the run in 2.9 seconds and top out at 330 km/h (205 mph). Both models are also more fuel efficient – by 0.6 liters per 100 km, thanks to an updated engine management system and a modified transmission that has new gear change mappings. The 911 Turbo range pricing begins at 174,669 and the models will become available at home in Germany starting the end of January 2016.