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Porsche 997 Turbo | by Thomas van Rooij
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Porsche 997 Turbo

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This afternoon I found this beatiful car, parked a few feet from my house.

 

This is actually the first 997 Turbo I've seen that was parked so freely as this one.

 

That gave the opportunity to shoot some nice pictures of this underrated supercar.

  

The 997 Turbo debuted in February 2006 at the Geneva Motor Show. It has a new front bumper with turn signals which are LED lights in a horizontal bar through the air intake. The fog lights are moved to the corners of the bumpers. Large air intakes in front of and behind the rear wheels are other obvious visual cues. The retractable rear wing is also one of the highlights, a feature which has been available on the 996 Turbo as well.

 

The engine is based on the rugged and very reliable 964/GT1 design rated 480 PS (350 kW; 470 hp) and 620 N·m (460 lb·ft). The turbocharger uses two-stage resonance intake system.

 

The BorgWarner's Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG), first variable geometry turbines introduced to street Porsche 911 cars, uses guide vanes located in front of the turbine wheel that modulates inflow angle and speed. Variable geometry turbines were previously only available to diesel engined vehicles, but a similar approach was used successfully by Garrett starting in 1989 with the Shelby CSX that utilized a computer controlled variable nozzles instead.

  

2009 Porsche 997 Turbo in Carrara WhiteThe optional Sport Chrono package allows 911 Turbo to overboost for 10 seconds, increasing peak torque over a narrow rev range. According to official Porsche figures, it accelerates 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds with the manual transmission, and 3.7 seconds with Tiptronic S transmission. It has also recorded a 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 3.2 seconds at the hands of US motoring publication Motor Trend, eclipsing all of its major competitors and even Porsche's own Carrera GT supercar. The 997 Turbo has an official top speed of 318 km/h (198 mph) and Jeremy Clarkson getting up to an indicated speed of 322 km/h (200 mph) during his 2008 video special, Clarkson: Thriller.

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Taken on June 25, 2010