September 29, 2023


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2001 Porsche 911 Turbo First Drive: Want for Pace

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The unhealthy information concerning the new Porsche 911 Turbo is that its house owners are most likely going to get plenty of rushing tickets. The excellent news is that if they will afford its $110,000 value, they will most likely afford the tickets.

The brand new, fifth-generation 911 Turbo just isn’t solely the fastest-ever street-legal 911, it is also essentially the most refined. Spooling as much as 125 miles an hour—on the German autobahn, in fact—is completely easy on this all-wheel-drive sports activities automobile. And the urge to push the needle deeper, to faucet into its extraordinary acceleration, may be very tough to withstand.

Touring on the pace of three miles a minute is to not be beneficial if you wish to grasp on to your driver’s license. However that velocity is so gracefully achieved that you just’re at all times on the lookout for any appropriate stretch of blacktop. The 911 Turbo’s efficiency is just intoxicating.

And you do not have to work the six-speed gearbox continually to get that sensation. So broad and powerful is the torque unfold that even within the very tall sixth gear, you may summon actual thrust. Above 70 mph you may go away the Turbo in excessive gear, neglect the decrease ratios, and nonetheless crush most rivals. In fact, dropping down a cog or two serves up much more blistering efficiency. Subjectively, this 911 feels nearer in character to a big-capacity motorcycle than a civilized supercar that weighs 3400 kilos.

Porsche has labored onerous on the aerodynamics to supply a elevate coefficient of minus 0.01 on the rear (slight downforce). Together with the brand new 911’s extra predictable dynamics, the Turbo tracks lifeless straight above 150 mph and would not want as many corrections or fairly the extraordinary alertness of the earlier mannequin (additionally an all-wheel-drive automobile), not to mention the wayward early vehicles.

What’s lacking are the charismatic engine and exhaust sounds of a 911. The 2 intercooled turbochargers have muted them to the purpose that it would not sound like a Porsche. It is powerful even figuring out the place the noises are coming from; shut your eyes, and this might even be a front-engined automobile.

The water-cooled 24-valve 3.6-liter boxer is, the truth is, a turbocharged model of the dry-sump 911 GT3/GT1 engine, quite than a blown and enlarged variant of the naturally aspirated 911’s 3.4-liter powerplant. It shares the block, the pistons, and the camshaft’s chain drive with the GT3 and makes use of the identical head castings, smaller valves, and a unique combustion-chamber form. For the Turbo, Porsche’s VarioCam Plus system presents two consumption timing positions quite than the infinitely variable setup of the GT3.

Every K64 turbo serves its personal cylinder financial institution with as much as 12.3 psi of intercooled increase. To deal with such excessive increase, the compression ratio drops to 9.4:1. Output is rated at 415 horsepower at 6000 rpm and, extra considerably, 413 pound-feet of torque throughout a plateau from 2700 rpm to 4600. The increase is so progressive it is virtually linear. It begins constructing at 1800 rpm, kicks slightly at 2600, and delivers a fevered torrent of energy all the best way to the 6600-rpm redline and on to the 6750-rpm gasoline cut-out. Porsche boasts that this Turbo presents 15 extra horsepower than the outdated one, apparently forgetting the restricted version Turbo S that had 424 hp.

Evaluating Porsche’s personal conservative take a look at numbers, the brand new 911 Turbo’s 4.2-second 0-to-62-mph time bests the earlier (400 hp) Turbo’s time by 0.3 second, and it beats the 911 GT3 by 0.6 second. Our final Turbo and Turbo S take a look at vehicles each hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The brand new automobile’s claimed 189-mph high pace is 9 mph sooner than the 993 Turbo and 15 mph up on the semiracing GT3. Icing on the cake: Porsche claims the brand new Turbo will get 18 p.c higher gasoline economic system than its 400-hp predecessor, which serves as justification for retaining the usual 911’s 16.9-gallon gasoline tank. (The final Turbo held 19.4 gallons and was rated at 13 mpg metropolis and 19 mpg freeway.) Nonetheless, make full use of the Turbo’s efficiency, and you may battle to high 200 miles between fill-ups.

Visually, the Turbo is definitely essentially the most radical of the 996-generation 911s. The wheel arches are swollen by 2.6 inches, a bi-wing is created by an energetic rear spoiler that rises 2.4 inches when the automobile reaches 75 mph (contributing to downforce), and clumsy-looking air-inlet vents within the rear fenders feed air to the intercoolers. Vents harking back to the 959 supercar’s are located behind the rear wheels, including to the Turbo’s meaner, extra squared-off look. But the nostril is rounder and longer to accommodate a 3rd radiator and bigger, Ferrari 360 Modena–like air intakes. These modifications reportedly improve cooling capability by 50 p.c. The headlights, distinctive to the Turbo, arch down into the bumper and make the most of xenon illumination for high- and low-beam lighting. Porsche says the additional scoops, vents, and wings solely convey the drag coefficient up 0.02 to 0.32 relative to the usual 911 Carrera.

Naturally, the brand new Turbo rides on the 911’s non-compulsory Sport suspension. The Turbo’s disc brakes are large 13-inchers, cross-drilled and vented, with four-piston calipers at every nook. Later this 12 months, for the primary time on a manufacturing automobile, ceramic composite brakes, which weigh 50 p.c lower than customary discs, will probably be provided as an choice.

Additionally for the primary time, Porsche presents the Turbo with a five-speed Tiptronic computerized. The interior workings are pur­chased from Mercedes-Benz, and engine output just isn’t lowered with the autobox. Normal is an entirely revised six-speed guide. In routine driving, simply 5 per­cent of the ability is delivered to the entrance wheels by way of a front-mounted viscous cou­pling, however front-wheel torque can improve to as a lot as 40 p.c to discourage oversteer.

This 911 Turbo is remarkably simple to drive and easily flies round corners. Simply to strategy the automobile’s limits calls for insanely excessive speeds, which finally invoke Porsche’s digital stability con­trol system (PSM). Even in case you change off the PSM, the system turns itself again on throughout braking, modulating every wheel individually to appropriate any lack of trac­tion. PSM cannot defeat physics, in fact, however it supplies the automobile with practically drama-fee dealing with. The tires, noisy on coarse surfaces, trace at tramlining, and the experience is agency however not harsh.

The 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo, priced at an estimated $110,000, is a refined and comfy cruiser. And if it performs as nicely or higher than its predecessor, it’s going to rank because the quickest manufacturing automobile out there on our shores. If that does not jus­tify the value, what might?

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2001 Porsche 911 Turbo
Car Kind: rear-engine, all-wheel-drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door coupe


Base: $110,000 (est.)

twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, port gasoline injection

Displacement: 220 in3, 3600 cm3

Energy: 415 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque: 413 lb-ft @ 2700 rpm 

6-speed guide/5-speed computerized


Wheelbase: 92.5 in

Size: 174.5 in

Width: 69.5 in
Top: 51.4 in

Passenger Quantity, F/R: 48/16 ft3
Cargo Quantity: 4 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est): 3400 lb


62 mph: 4.2 sec

100 mph: 9.2 sec

Prime Pace (drag restricted): 189 mph


European metropolis cycle: 13 mpg

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