The Porsche 911 Turbo is a high-performance sports car, and is a variation of Porsche's flagship model, the 911. The Porsche 911 was first offered to drivers in 1963 and has undergone many changes over the years. The base model 911 is one of the most successful competition cars of all time and finished 5th in an international poll for Car of the Century in 1999. Here is a closer look at this Amazing Car Of The Day: The Porsche 911 Turbo.
Porsche released a face-lifted version of the 911 Turbo in 2009 featuring a new 3800cc engine which was first developed for its Carrera. Changes for the 2014 model year 911 Turbo included increasing the car's horsepower to 520 hp and bringing down the car's 0 to 60 mph time to 3.2 seconds. In 2016, Porsche decided to upgrade all 21 variations of their 911 and showed off their newest version of the 911 Turbo at the Detroit Auto Show. The Turbo's improved 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged cylinder engine will make it the fastest version of the 911 Turbo ever available, now with 540 horsepower. The newest 911 Turbo will have improved aerodynamics and increased fuel efficiency.
The 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo will also have an infotainment system with a seven inch touch screen and Google Earth maps. With the increase in power, speed, and functionality comes a slight price increase as well. The new Porsche 911 Turbo will start at $159 thousand, which is up from the typical price of about $150 thousand.
The Porsche 911 Turbo recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary and just about one million of these cars have been sold over that time. The 911 Turbo has been a popular sports car for celebrities as well as everyday drivers. In 2015 an original first generation Porsche 911 Turbo owned by legendary actor Steve McQueen was auctioned off. Actor and comedian Steve Carell also treated himself to a Porsche 911 Turbo after all of the success he has had at the box office.