2021 Porsche 911 Turbo: Not Quite the Turbo S, Still Quite the Sports Car

Posted on: July 26, 2020, by :
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Competes with: Acura NSX, Aston Martin Vantage, Chevrolet Corvette, Jaguar F-Type

Looks Like: A wider, more aggressive 911

Powertrain: 572-horsepower, turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six-cylinder with 553 pounds-feet of torque; eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2021, but ordering is open now

The inexorable march of 2021 Porsche 911 trim levels continues apace, with the new 911 Turbo joining the (deep breath) Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera S, Carrera 4S, Targa 4, Targa 4S, Targa 4S Heritage Edition and Turbo S … whew. Oh, and everything but the Targa versions is also available as a coupe or convertible. And we’re still waiting on GT3 and GT2 RS versions, plus whatever else Porsche decides to do with the 992 generation of 911.

With the new 911 Turbo coupe and cabriolet, Porsche has its most powerful incarnation of this variant yet, with outputs equivalent to the previous 991 generation’s 911 Turbo S. It can also be equipped with many of the new features Porsche first unveiled on the more powerful Turbo S.

Exterior

The new 911 Turbo is nearly 2 inches wider at the front and more than three-quarters of an inch wider at the rear than its predecessor, which allows it to accommodate wider front and rear tracks — 1.65 inches and 0.39 inch, respectively — as well as wider front and rear tires. The front tires are now 10.0 inches wide, up from 9.6, and the rears are 12.4 inches, up from 12.0. Like the Turbo S, the Turbo wears staggered-diameter wheels, with 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rears.

Other exterior features include the Turbo’s signature air intakes on the rear fenders — now for feeding the engine instead of for cooling purposes — as well as a large rear spoiler and larger front spoiler. LED headlights and taillights are standard, and an optional Sport Package adds black and carbon-fiber elements as well as clear taillights.

Interior

Standard features include a 10.9-inch multimedia display, Bose stereo and 14-way power sport seats, along with a sport steering wheel and Porsche’s Sport Chrono Package. Optional interior features can add more technology and comfort features — including a Burmester premium stereo, Porsche’s InnoDrive with adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist, and more — or move towards a more hardcore performance machine with the Lightweight Package, which shaves off 66 pounds of weight thanks to reductions in sound insulation, the deletion of the rear seats and installation of full bucket seats.

Engine, Transmission and 0-60

A 3.8-liter turbocharged boxer-six-cylinder engine powers the Turbo, making 572 horsepower — 32 hp more than the 991 Turbo — and 553 pounds-feet of torque. Both the coupe and cabriolet are 0.2 second faster from 0-60 than their predecessors, completing the sprint in 2.7 and 2.8 seconds, respectively. “Top track speed” for both coupe and cabriolet is 198 mph, down from the Turbo S’ 205-mph top speed. A sport exhaust is optional.

Your 911 Turbo will come with an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission or … actually, that’s it. No manual transmission here. Torque-vectoring all-wheel drive is standard, as is rear-axle steering.

For stopping power, the standard brakes are larger in front than the 991 Turbo, and Porsche’s carbon-ceramic composite brakes — standard on the Turbo S — are optional. An adaptive suspension is standard, with an optional adaptive sport suspension that lowers the ride height by 0.39 inch. Porsche’s Dynamic Chassis Control system is optional.

The Reasonably Priced Turbo?

Compared to the Turbo S, the Turbo may seem like a relative bargain … at least, as much as any Porsche can be considered as such. The 2021 911 Turbo coupe will be priced from $172,150 (it’s $204,850 for the Turbo S coupe), while the cabriolet starts at $184,950 (the Turbo S cabriolet starts at $217,650). All prices include a $1,350 destination fee.

Ordering for the 2021 911 Turbo is open now, and Porsche expects deliveries to begin in early 2021.