2010 Porsche 911 Turbo: First Look
- Competes with: Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Maserati Gran Turismo, Audi R8
- Looks like: Every other 911, silly
- Drivetrain: 500-hp,3.8-liter turbocharged six-cylinder with six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic; all-wheel drive
- Hits dealerships: January 2010
Cayenne, Panamera, 911 GT2 and now this: the 911 Turbo, Porsche’s latest addition to the 500-horsepower club. Thanks to a larger six-cylinder engine — 3.8 liters versus 3.6 in last year’s Turbo — and direct injection, the new 911 Turbo puts nearly double the Boxster’s chutzpah to the road via standard all-wheel drive. A six-speed manual is standard, with Porsche’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission replacing last year’s five-speed Tiptronic as the automatic option. When it hits dealerships early next year, prices will run $132,800 for the coupe and $143,800 for the convertible.
Get the dual-clutch transmission with Porsche’s launch control feature, and the automaker says zero to 60 mph takes just 3.2 seconds. (Forget the gym membership: This is really how we want our abs flattened.) That’s a couple ticks ahead of the Corvette ZR1 and few more out front of a V-10 Audi R8. It’ll kick the stones out of an Aston Martin V8 Vantage or a Maserati Gran Turismo.
Naturally, we doubt the 911 Turbo will score as many looks as any of those. In typical Porsche tradition, this year’s changes comprise of a tucked taillight here and a redesigned wheel there. Only the detail-obsessed will notice the differences. As you’re pumping gas at Wilshire and Beverly in Beverly Hills, Calif., we bet most of the world’s Mrs. Ari Golds won’t be able to tell the car apart from any 911 released in the past 15 years.
At least you’ll be pumping that gas a bit less often. Thanks to direct injection and the more efficient automatic, Porsche spokesman Dave Engelman said highway mileage could increase similarly to what it did when lesser 911s received similar mechanical improvements last year. Though official EPA figures are pending — Engelman said he didn’t want to give any guesses — we’d estimate mileage on automatic-equipped 911s could hit 24 or 25 mpg. Not too shabby.
So, don’t fret the lack of attention — you’re driving a pretty efficient beast. Besides, our illustration would never actually play out: We checked Google Street View, and there’s no gas station at Wilshire and Beverly.