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With its world debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show behind it, the 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo is being launched to the media over the next week, before it goes on sale in January.
Both the Turbo Coupe and Turbo Cabriolet share newly updated drivetrain technology, while the basic 911 body style remains intact. The mechanical highlights for 2010 include a new 3.8-liter direct-injected flat-six engine generating 500 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque (the latter peak, with the optional Sport Chrono pack). Porsche says the new powerplant makes for a 0.2-liter and 20-horsepower improvement over the company's previous flagship supercar.
Paired with the new seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual-clutch gearbox, the 2010 911 Turbo shoots to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, Porsche says, and tops out at 194 mph. Despite the added power and speed, the new car also has better carbon dioxide emissions (down 18 percent) and improved gas mileage, though official EPA city and highway figures aren't available yet.
Elsewhere under the 911's sheetmetal, optional Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) combines with the standard Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive and Porsche Stability Management (PSM) to ensure all kinds of grip. The PTV system's like that in the Acura RL and the 2010 Porsche Panamera, in that it allows the car's software to direct torque to individual rear wheels to improve cornering and stability. The rest of the 911 Turbo's already impressive and capable feature set carries over from the previous model.
Inside, the 2010 911 Turbo receives an optional three-spoke steering wheel with new paddle shifters that remedy a complaint from some drivers. The new wheel's shift buttons dedicate the left paddle for downshifts and the right paddle for upshifts. (The Panamera's paddles, in contrast, allow right- and left-hand drivers to decide which paddle action suits them best.)
Stay tuned to High Gear Media for our first drive of the Porsche 911 Turbo this week. You can read our live updates over at MotorAuthority, via CoverItLive and Twitter as we report in from our drive of the 2010 911 Turbo in and around Lisbon, Portugal, and the famed Estoril race track.
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