Could the new Porsche 911 Turbo be getting a retro-inspired upgrade?
The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe and Cabriolet finally broke cover last week. So why, then, has Porsche been caught testing a new 911 Turbo prototype so soon? Take a closer look, and you'll notice the standard rear spoiler has been replaced with a massive ducktail spoiler masked with tape.
It isn't clear yet exactly what Porsche is plotting here, but one possibility is that the automaker could be testing a new Heritage Design Package for the 911 Turbo. The optional package was originally available for the Porsche 911 Speedster as a tribute to the iconic Carrera RS 2.7, but now it looks like Porsche will add it to the options list for the 992-generation 911 Turbo.
Alternatively, the ducktail spoiler could be available as a separate option across the 992-generation Porsche 911 range. The original 911 Turbo was never offered with a ducktail spoiler, but that won't stop Porsche cashing in on nostalgia.
Apart from the new ducktail spoiler, the 911 Turbo prototype looks identical to the production model unveiled last week. Compared to the 992 Carrera, the new 911 Turbo S has wider fenders and tires, beefier brakes, and a quad exhaust system. Power is provided by a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo flat-six engine producing 640 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, which is 60 more hp and 37 more lb-ft than the last-generation version.
Paired with an eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission, this setup enables the new 911 Turbo S Coupe to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 2.6 seconds, while the Cabriolet will do the same sprint a tenth of a second slower. Both Turbo S models will top out at 205 mph.
Pricing for the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S starts at $203,500 for the Coupe and $216,300 for the Cabriolet, but the ducktail spoiler will bump up the price. For the 911 Speedster, the Heritage Design Package costs an extra $24,510. Hopefully, we'll find out what Porsche is cooking up for the 911 Turbo soon.