In a move that will delight Porschephiles around the world, the German automaker has just unveiled the new 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo. This isn’t to be confused with the other 2017 Porsche 911 that was unveiled back in October, and also happens to be turbocharged. In fact, save for the GTS and the GT3 models (for now), the entire 911 lineup is set to ditch natural aspiration. And considering that the company currently offers 21 different 911 models, that’s a big shift for the company. It’s also left us wondering what it’ll do about its legendary standalone Turbo model. If every model is turbocharged, then having a specific Turbo model is the epitome of redundancy, right?
Well, thanks to what we know now, it’s safe to say that it isn’t. After all, since 1975, the Turbo has been the 911 fan’s 911. The original 930 model 911 Turbo was the one to have, with its flared fenders, whale tail spoiler, and penchant for violent snap oversteer. That cute little trait earned the brute the nickname “The Widowmaker,” and since then it’s been universally renowned as the “real” 911 to snobs, for better or for worse, making it the benchmark of the 911 lineup. Porsche wouldn’t let an icon like that go to pot that easily, so rest assured, the 2017 Turbo will still carry the mantle with ease.
In comparison, when we took a look at the new Carrera and Carrera S back in October, we said:
The all-new engine is 0.4 liters smaller than the outgoing NA mill, but both models enjoy a 20 horsepower bump, with the Carrera now putting out 370, and the S up to a formidable 420. The twin-turbo setup shaves 0.2 seconds off the cars’ zero to 60 times as well, with the Carrera now at four seconds, and the S at 3.7.
The Carreras are plenty potent cars, but sticking to the brand’s stubbornly hierarchical power structure for within model, the ’17 Turbo also gets a 20 horsepower bump, bringing it up to 540, with the Turbo S model jumping to a healthy 580 horsepower. So don’t worry, no one will be mistaking this thing for a Carrera anytime soon.