With the recently unveiled Porsche 911/991 in tow, our spy photographers have moved on to the new generation sportcar’s variants to keep us entertained. The new Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe and Cabrio will be unveiled at next year’s Geneva Motor Show, but recent spy shots, as well as previous hot weather testing shots, can provide a good look into the future of Porsche Turbo.
Our newest spy shots of the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabrio come to us from the famed Nurburgring race track where the vehicle was taking some laps with the top closed. Expect the future Turbo Coupe and Cabrio models to be powered by the same 3.8L turbocharged flat six engine, but massaged to deliver more than the current 500 HP for the standard Turbo and 530 HP for the Turbo S. Following along the lines of the new 911, the Turbo variants should receive auto start/stop, thermal management, electrical system recuperation, and the world’s first seven-speed manual transmission or the optional Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) to boost that horsepower right up to about 515 HP for the Turbo and 550 HP for the Turbo S. Rumors are also circulating that the new PDK-S dual clutch transmission may find its way into the Turbo models before it debuts in the next generation 911 GT3. With the use of these power-boosting additions, the Turbo models’ fuel consumption and emissions are also expected to be lowered. The 911/991 received a drop of up to 16% for the Carrera and 14% for the Carrera S.
In addition to the changes in power, the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabrio will obviously be differentiated from the Coupe with the use of a soft top. Wider rear fenders, additional cooling vents, and a new active rear spoiler will also make an appearance.