Porsche unveiled at the 2016 Qatar Motor Show the new 2017 911 and 911 Turbo. The new high-performance models come to market with either 540 or 580 horsepower – depending on which version of the 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged flat-six engine you choose – an increase of 20 horsepower over the previous models.
It’s the first Turbo to exceed 320 km/h and, while officially the zero to 100 km/h time is 2.9sec, pint-sized development bigwig August Achleitner says it’s several tenths quicker in the right conditions. And it’s not a case of all-gurn and no turn. The S recently lapped the Nürburgring in 7min 18sec, which makes it 2sec quicker than even the track-biased GT3 RS and a whole 9sec faster than the old Turbo S.
Visually, the facelift amounts to a small nip and tuck. A re-shaped nose with LED slashes gives the car a slightly wider look than it had before. There are also new 20-inch wheels available, and a few changes at the rear of the car.
There are changes inside too. A new steering wheel inspired by the one found on Porsche's supercar, the 918 Spider, sits in front of the driver. There's also an updated multimedia system, with internet-enabled sat-nav mapping. Routes can be displayed with 360-degree and satellite imagery, and the seven-inch touchscreen can now interpret handwritten inputs.