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Mike Stevens | Oct 15, 2009

PORSCHE REVEALED its next-generation 2010 997 911 Turbo back in August, and this week the wunderkind has reportedly cut a full 10 seconds from its previous best time at the Nurburgring.

According to British mag Autocar, Porsche’s engineers have managed to reduce the turbo 911’s time to 7:39, 10 seconds better than the outgoing model’s 7:49 run.

Despite the huge improvement, the new 911 Turbo’s lap falls short of the Nissan GT-R’s best time of 7:28, set by former F1 steerer Toshio Suzuki.

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In keeping with its traditionally conservative approach to 911 design, Porsche has changed little with the styling of the new Turbo.

Chrome headlight frames, revised foglights and a new wheel design is the extent of the exterior updates.

Mechanically though, the 2010 911 Turbo features significant upgrades to output, handling and performance.

Power is derived from a new 3.8 litre direct-injection engine developing 373kW (500hp), an increase of 15kW and only 22kW short of the 911 GT2.

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The 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo is likely to be the quickest all-wheel-drive production Porsche ever, reaching 96km/h (60mph) in around 3.7 seconds. Top Speed should climb to around 312km/h.

Along with a higher price tag, the next-generation 911 Turbo is expected to gain Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch gearbox as an option.

Fuel economy is improved, with consumption reduced from 12.7 l/100km to 11.7 l/100km with the manual transmission and 11.3 l/100km for the PDK.

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F1-style wheel-mounted paddles replace the dual-action paddle shifters of the outgoing model, offering up-shifts with the right paddle and down-shifts with the left.

A reprogrammed Porsche Traction Management system distributes torque between the all-wheel-drive Porsche's front and rear differentials via an electronic multi-plate clutch.

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