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Under the rear decklid of the 2010 Turbo is the most powerful, and most fuel efficient, engine the automaker has ever offered in the model's 30-year history. Displacing 3.8-liters, the four-valve all-aluminum flat-six is fitted with direct fuel injection, an expansion-type intake manifold, and two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry. With a mild .8 bar (just under 12 psi) of boost, the engine is rated at an even 500 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque.
Porsche has adapted its excellent seven-speed (PDK) dual-clutch transmission for its new role in the 911 Turbo. The PDK gearing is longer for the Turbo, the clutches each have an additional shift plate, and the PDK is now available with a limited-slip differential (unlike the Tiptronic S transmission). Porsche conservatively quotes staggering acceleration numbers. From a standing start, 60 mph will arrive in 3.2 seconds (some reports peg it close to an even three seconds) with 124 mph eclipsed after just 11.3 seconds.