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- The new 992-generation Porsche 911 Turbo is coming later this year, and here’s what we know about it.
- Like the current car, it will use a twin-turbocharged flat-six engine and should have more power than the current 540-hp Turbo and 580-hp Turbo S.
- Look for the 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo to make its debut later this year with a starting price somewhere around $200,000.
Our next opportunity to check our watches against the reassuring, steady cadence of the 911 product cycle is coming. First come the Carrera coupes, then the cabrios, and then the 911 Turbos. Given that the ragtop just made its debut in March at the Geneva auto show, we won’t have long to wait for the brawniest 992-edition 911.
The same aluminum-intensive underpinnings that sit beneath the 992 Carreras will be in play. The regular 911 has been turbocharged since the 2016 model year, but only this mack-daddy Turbo gets to use the capital T. Power will continue to come from a twin-turbocharged flat-six, which we believe will be an evolution of the current car’s engine, and with the certainty of a power increase over the 540 and 580 horsepower, respectively, that today’s 991.2 Turbo and Turbo S muster. All-wheel drive will be standard, as will Porsche’s new eight-speed PDK transmission and a battery of dynamic aids, including rear-wheel steering.
The Turbo has held a place in enthusiasts’ collective imagination since the original arrived in 1975. Its performance has grown easier to exploit over the years, but that performance has also simply grown to the point where the Turbo can keep pace with pretty much anything costing up to twice its price. The GT-badged 911s might deliver purer thrills, but the Turbo and its slightly punchier S sister are the ones beating Ferraris at stoplights.
We’ll see the car later this year. The outgoing Turbo starts at $163,050; the Turbo S, at $191,950. Expect increases from those numbers that will likely push the base price of the S to or through the $200,000 mark.