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Frankfurt LIVE: Porsche Turbo S

by Andrew Ganz

Porsche is celebrating the 40th anniversary of turbocharged 911s with a new, 560-pony flagship capable of hitting 60 mph in less than 3 seconds!

Porsche has unveiled a new performance flagship for its iconic sporting car: The 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo and Turbo S, which made their auto show debut today in Frankfurt, Germany.

Boasting a 560-horsepower version of the standard 911 Turbo's 520 pony 3.8-liter bi-turbo flat six-cylinder engine, the Turbo models feature a new all-wheel-drive system and active rear steering and aerodynamics among its many highlights.

Turbo and Turbo S

Like the new 911, the Turbo S rides on a new, longer chassis. Naturally, it also boasts rear body panels that stretch more than an inch wider per side. Turbo S models include all-new two-tone forged alloy wheels measuring 20 inches plus full-LED headlamps - both of which are optional on the standard Turbo.

The 911 Turbo with the optional Sport Chrono package sprints from a stop to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds, while the more powerful Turbo S cuts that figure to 3.1 seconds. Both figures are 0.1 seconds faster than the outgoing model. Porsche's U.S. arm is quoting a 2.9 second 0-60 mph sprint - we're not sure if the Germand or American figures are more accurate.

Notably, all 911 Turbos - both the standard and the S - are mated exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (called PDK in Porsche-speak). A manual gearbox won't be offered for the first time ever.

To save fuel - and meet stringent fuel economy and emissions standards in the 911 Turbo's important European and North American markets - both configurations will include a more aggressive start/stop system that cuts the engine during coasting and when at a complete stop. Fuel economy figures haven't been announced for North America.

Both reducing consumption and improving high-speed stability and handling are a number of active aerodynamics bits. A three-stage front spoiler combines with a three-position rear wing for "optimal efficiency" (speed) or "top dynamic position" modes. The top dynamic position increases downforce, which helped the automaker's engineers shave two seconds off of its North Loop Nurburgring lap times.

Similarly, an active rear wheel steering system helps the car feel more nimble at low speeds and more stability at high speeds. Below 50 km/h, the rear wheels are turned in the opposite direction of the fronts thanks to two electro-mechanical actuators that replace the standard 911's conventional control arms. At higher speeds, the rear wheels turn in parallel with the fronts, which "virtually" stretches the car's wheelbase by a staggering 20 inches to improve stability.

Porsche says that both models will go on sale in Germany from 162,055 euros for the Turbo and 195,256 euros for the Turbo S. Those prices can't easily be translated into U.S. dollars since they include market-specific items and a mandatory value-added tax. Look for exact U.S. specs to be announced soon.

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