First Look: 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo


Now that even the “entry-level”  2017 Porsche 911 Carrera will be turbocharged, the iconic Porsche 911 Turbo has to maintain its lead for 2017. Its twin-turbo 3.8-liter six-cylinder now turns 540 hp, and the even more-powerful Turbo S puts out 580 hp. Modified cylinder head intake ports, new injectors and greater fuel pressure supply the increased output on both models, with the Turbo S adding a larger turbocharger impeller. With their redlines increased 200 rpm to 7,200 rpm, the cars generate zero-to-60 mph times of 2.9 seconds for the Turbo and an even quicker 2.8 seconds for the Turbo S.

Despite the increased power, fuel economy is improved thanks to better engine and transmission management. A new dynamic boost function in the engine programming with will improve throttle response, maintaining boost pressure when the throttle is briefly let up for quicker response once the pedal is pressed.  The most aggressive use of the dynamic boost function comes in the Sport and Sport Plus modes.

The 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S will be the cars to beat for the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT-S, Nissan GT-R. They are expected in April 2016.