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    With the almost all Porsche 911’s gaining turbos, does the 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S make any sense? Well, yes, it does. Here’s why.
    Putting out 533bhp and 572bhp respectively, a 20bhp hike in power compared to the older version, the 911 Turbo and Turbo S models will undoubtedly be that fastest in the range. While the Carrera and Carrera S models got a downsized 3.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 370bhp and 420bhp respectively, the Turbo and Turbo S retains the previous 3.8-litre turbocharged unit and with the aid of the standard seven-speed PDK gearbox, it reaches a ton in 2.9 seconds and 2.8 seconds respectively. Now, that’s super quick.

    Both versions now come with a dynamic boost function too. Top speed now stands at 320kmph and 330kmph respectively. On the styling front, the updated models get all-new LED headlamps and reshaped vents at the front. At the rear, they a new set of exhaust pipes, engine cover and reworked tail lamps. In profile, the only difference is the 20-inch standard wheels.

    The Turbo and Turbo S also benefits from a new steering wheel derived from the Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar. The steering wheel comes with a Mode Switch which lets the driver select between Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual driving modes. The cabin also gets brand new sports seats, a seven-inch touchscreen for infotainment system with satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, Bose speakers and leather. Drivers can now write their destination on the big screen and a smartphone can be connected with the aid of a cable, Bluetooth or even WiFi.
    All Turbo models will be equipped with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and the Sport-Chromo package comes as standard. On the options-list is a radar-based lane-change assist feature (unlikely to come to India thanks to our legislations) and a lift system that can raise the car by 40mm at low speed (very useful here). With that extra dose of power and all those features, the Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S does indeed make sense, doesn’t it.