The ongoing 991 Porsche 911 has been released in 2011 and it didn’t change much since. The car did receive a major facelift a short while ago along with a couple of new engines. However, the Turbo has been left mostly unchanged. It seems that a major update is about to be released with the upcoming 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo. So far the car hasn’t been officially confirmed by the manufacturer but it has been spied testing in the Arctic. Despite the fact it was clearly a test mule, we were able to notice some really interesting details about it. It seems the car is going to be based on an entirely new platform. This will be built on Porsche’s new rear-engine modular architecture which may spawn new models in the future as well.
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2020 Porsche 911 Review
The new chassis will mean the car will get lighter and more rigid. These alone should be well worth the upgrade over the older model which was one of the heaviest cars in its class. At this point, it seems a weight saving of more than 300 pounds is possible, all while increasing the structural rigidity and lowering the center of gravity.
From the spy shots, we can also see quite clearly that the car is both longer and wider. This can be seen from the rear quarter windows which have been elongated in order to cover the space.
Because the car is longer and boasts a longer wheelbase, it should be much more stable at higher speeds. However, because it is larger it might impact its driving characteristics but this remains to be seen.
The test mule of the 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo seen testing a while ago was definitely not wearing its production body. This car was clearly using mostly the same sheet-metal as the ongoing 991 generation of the car. Even so, there were still some rather interesting details about the car’s look.
In the front, it is quite clear the car will boast larger intakes as well as a larger splitter than before
For starters, like we said above, it will be larger than its predecessor. On top of that, it looks like the rear will change dramatically from its predecessor.
It seems Porsche will move the exhausts to the center of the car, the bumper gets an integrated diffuser which is now hidden while the rear gets a large active rear wing. The tail lights seem to be the biggest change over its predecessor.
Instead of individual tail lights and a center LED strip the car seems to get just a LED strip that runs across the entire width of the car. In the front, it is quite clear the car will boast larger intakes as well as a larger splitter than before.
Like before, the new 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo is still going to offer enough room for up to 4 passengers. On top of that, expect better materials as well as an overall increase of the available space. The design of the dashboard is likely going to be quite similar to that found in the Panamera.
A large center wide-screen may replace most of the usual buttons while the usual 5 dials in the instrument cluster might get at least two LCD screens to give the driver appropriate information.
Being the range-topping model, the Turbo will boast improved materials over the other 911 cars as well as much nicer seats which may remain unique to it.
The car may receive a smaller displacement engine, possibly a 3.4 to 3.6-liter unit, with twin-turbochargers and a higher voltage electric system
Engine and Specs 2020 Porsche 911
So far the Turbo has been available with a 3.8-liter flat-six engine good for up to 572 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. Rumors say the upcoming 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo might change that.
The car may receive a smaller displacement engine, possibly a 3.4 to 3.6-liter unit, with twin-turbochargers and a higher voltage electric system. This would spin the turbochargers faster with the help of electric motors and it would allow the car to develop north of 600 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque.
While the electric system wouldn’t give it more power, it would reduce turbo-lag and it would make the Turbo as good to drive as ever before.
The car is likely going to be available only with an automatic transmission and a really capable torque vectoring all-wheel drive system. However, instead of the usual 7-speed PDK, it may receive an 8-speed gearbox which would be both faster and more capable than the one before it.
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Release and Price
Pricing information is currently not available, we assume that the new 911 Turbo will be around $167,000 and the Turbo S will be around $191,00. We expect it in showrooms at the end of 2019. Porsche is more than a car, it’s a way of life …
The Porsche 911 Turbo has a very strong competition, the direct rivals are Mercedes-AMG GT and Audi R8. The big advantage of the competition is that they are much cheaper than Porsche.
- Mercedes-AMG GT
- Audi R8
- McLaren 570S / 570GT
- Chevrolet Corvette Z06