By Salma Awwad
Porsche to introduce new versions of its most iconic models in the Middle East by year-end
By the time you finish reading this sentence, the new Porsche 911 Turbo S can hit 100 kph. At a top speed of 318 kph and a standard sprint of 3.1 seconds to 100kph, the new 911 Turbo can outrace the Ferrari 458 and McLaren MP4-12C at launch.
This racetrack-suitable Porsche comes with a power set of 520 hp, while the Turbo S will reach 560 hp.
The power leaves the flat six-cylinder engine through a seven-speed PDK automatic transmission (manual transmission will not be available), while the all-wheel-drive system can deliver more power to its 20-inch stock wheels.
The adaptive aerodynamics and active rear axle steering underline the role of the new-generation 911 Turbo as a circuit racing car that is suitable for everyday use.
“For 40 years the Porsche 911 Turbo has been one of the brand’s most iconic models. There are many turbos but there is only one 911. The new generation is our benchmark for performance, efficiency and future Porsche models,” said George Wills, managing director of Porsche Middle East and Africa.
The introduction of rear axle steering in all turbo models should immensely improve both circuit racing and everyday performance of the two new top sports cars, and according to Wills, it is the first ever use of the system in vehicles with road approval anywhere in the world.
“I am certain that Middle Eastern customers will enjoy this new technological and dynamic performance peak of the 911 series. The new Turbo looks absolutely stunning; connoisseurs across the region will appreciate its new design with the wide rear body panels and exclusive interior features.”
Their world debut will take place at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and the models are expected to arrive in GCC showrooms by the end of this year with a price tag of $149,000 for the 911 Turbo and $182,000 for the Turbo S.For all the latest car news & reviews from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.