With sales of the iconic 911 stronger than ever, Porsche has decided to up the ante a bit more. For 2017, the 911 Turbo will be offered in two basic variations: Coupe and Cabriolet, with “S” models available in each configuration.
Needless to say, the familiar attributes of hell-raising acceleration and nosebleed-inducing handling are still part of the package, and the Turbo S Coupe, for example, will accelerate from 0 to 100 km in just under three seconds, according to Porsche. Think about that for a second; that;s about the same length of time it takes to sneeze. One second you’re sitting at a stoplight, then before you can say “gesundheit” you’re up to freeway speed. Not to mention a purported top speed of 330 km/h for the coupe and 320 km/h for the cabriolet. Pay attention when you’re behind the wheel of this one….you can be in illegal motion in the blink of an eye.
That’s not all, of course. Things like ceramic brakes (on the S models), four driving modes, vehicle stability management system, lane change assist and a lift system for the front axle that can be used to increase ground clearance by 40 mm at the front spoiler lip at low speeds are all available, and let’s not forget my personal favourite, the Chrono package which….well, let’s let Porsche tell it: “preconditions the engine and gearbox for the best possible responsiveness at the push of a button. In this state, the vehicle can produce optimal acceleration for up to 20 seconds, such as for an overtaking manoeuvre. An indicator in the instrument cluster in the form of a running timer shows the driver the elapsed time.” I love this explanation; on the face of it, it seems to be directed at optimum highway driving. But what Porsche is saying is: “Go ahead, run the s*** out of it”.
Alas, the 2017 911 Turbo starts at just under $182,000 for the Turbo Coupe, going up to $228,800 for a fully optioned Turbo S Cabriolet. Unless you’re selling real estate in Vancouver, this puts it well out of the reach of most folks.
Although it won’t be available for sale in Canada until the Spring of 2016, look for the 2017 911 Turbo models at this year’s NAIAS Detroit Auto Show.
Ted Laturnus has been an automotive journalist since 1976. He has been named Canadian Automotive Journalist Of The Year twice and is past president of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).