Porsche’s mid-life facelift for the 997 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe and Cabriolet will be exhibited to the public for the first time at the Frankfurt show this September. The 911’s rear-mounted boxer-6 engine is now 3.8 litres instead of the pre-facelift’s 3.6 litres in size. The engine also now adds direct injection and continues to use the variable geometry turbochargers found on the 3.6 litre unit. The engine now makes 500 horses, up from 480 on the previous edition of the 997.
Porsche seems to also have come to their senses with the way they implement their manual paddle shift system. Before this, the shifters were buttons on the steering wheel and both the left and right side set of buttons could do both upshifting and downshifting. I found it quite unnatural, but apparently that was the way Porsche did things when I asked why they had that weird setup.
Well, with this new “997.5”, a proper set paddle shifters can be fitted – a simple setup of a right paddle for upshifts and a left paddle for downshifts. This is for the 7-speed PDK twin clutch transmission.
There is also something called Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) which works together with the rest of the drive systems to route traction to the wheel with the most grip without losing some power via selective braking.
The new 911 Turbo will go for upwards of £101,823 (RM587.5k) for the Coupé and £109,048 (RM629k) for the Cabriolet. Of course, in Malaysia they go for much higher – RM1,373,000 for the 911 Turbo and RM1,409,000 for the 911 Turbo Cabriolet. The GT2 tops the pricelist at RM1,720,000.
Look after the jump for a hi-res photo gallery and videos of the updated Porsches.
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VIDEO: 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo – Exterior
VIDEO: 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet – Exterior
VIDEO: 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo – Driving
VIDEO: 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet – Driving