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2010 Porsche 911 Turbo: More power, same look

The new Porsche flagship, the 911 Turbo, has been revealed; and it looks... well, just like the old one.

2010 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet and Coupe
Can you spot the changes in the new Porsche 911? Me neither. Porsche AG

The new Porsche flagship, the 911 Turbo, has been revealed, and it looks...well, just like the old one. So what's so new about the new 911 Turbo?

Well, for starters, the Turbo has a new engine under its familiar decklid. The new flat-six boxer engine has been bumped up to 3.8 liters and uses a combination of a variable-turbine geometry (VTG) turbocharger system, direct fuel injection (DFI), and the GT2's expansion intake manifold to create 500 horsepower. Maximum torque is up by 15, to 516 pound-feet when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package Turbo.

When equipped with the Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) seven-speed transmission and the Sport Chrono Package Turbo, the 2010 911 Turbo hits 60 mph from stopped in 3.2 seconds. Top track speed is 194 mph for both the Coupe and the Cabriolet models. Official EPA fuel economy figures are not yet available, but Porsche claims the new 911 Turbo spews 18 percent less CO2 and sips less fuel than the outgoing model.

Keeping the new 911 Turbo on the asphalt is Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), which enhances the standard Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive and Porsche Stability Management (PSM) by actively distributing to the outside rear wheel while cornering to help scoot the tail around--not that the rear-engined 911 really needs the help--for more agile handling.

The new 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo will debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in September and will go on sale in the U.S. in January 2010. Pricing for the Turbo Coupe and Turbo Cabriolet is $132,800 and $143,800, respectively.