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Detroit Auto Show: 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S

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Virtually every Porsche 911, from the bottom up, is now turbocharged. 

Virtually every Porsche 911, from the bottom up, is now turbocharged.  (Brian Leon)

BY Jens Meiners

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, January 11, 2016, 1:43 PM

With the advent of the most recent Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S, virtually every 911, from the bottom up, is now turbocharged. (Exceptions? The purist GT3 models, and the outgoing GTS.)

Now Porsche is launching the top-of-the line 911. Guess what it's called? Turbo. If you think that's confusing, we won't contradict you.

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This particular version of the 911 is about excess, in terms of power, equipment, and style. 

This particular version of the 911 is about excess, in terms of power, equipment, and style.  (Brian Leon)

So, just like almost all other 911s, the Turbo is turbocharged. In the case of the new range-topper, however, it is a 3.8-liter flat six that's being force-fed by two variable-geometry turbochargers. These 'VGTs' for gasoline engines were available from Dodge and Peugeot in the early 1990s, but today only Porsche continues to develop and use the technology.

The results are awesome: The Turbo engine makes 540-horsepower in standard form, or 580-horsepower in the S. From a standstill, the run from 0 to 60 mph comes up in a ridiculous 2.9 or 2.8 seconds - top speed is rated at 198mph or 205mph, respectively. You couldn't ask for more.

Dynamically, this car will take on any supercar out there.

Dynamically, this car will take on any supercar out there. (Brian Leon)

Purists, however, might ask for less - such as rear-wheel drive instead of the Turbo's standard all-wheel drive system, or a manual transmission instead of the Turbo's seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic. But they would be missing the point of the Turbo. This particular version of the 911 is about excess, in terms of power, equipment, and style. Carbon-ceramic brakes are standard, of course, and so is an anti-roll system. Dynamically, this car will take on virtually any supercar out there.

A word about style, for a moment. The 911 Turbo and Turbo S are easily recognizable, with unique front and rear fasciae, angular quadruple tail-lights, and 20-inch wheels. The interior is improved as well, with a new infotainment system, a "GT" steering wheel (inspired by the 918 hybrid), and upgraded instrumentation. Ah, and you can get both the Turbo and the Turbo S as a convertible as well. But no Targa version is offered.

The current 911 lineup consist of a whopping 21 versions.

The current 911 lineup consist of a whopping 21 versions. (Brian Leon)

Not that you're lacking in choices here. The current 911 lineup consist of a whopping 21 versions. If you truly want to set yourself apart from the lesser ones, go for the Turbo. The one with the badge spelling out T-U-R-B-O.

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