The Porsche 911 Turbo usually scores whatever Porsche’s latest performance technology du jour is at the time the car rolls out. In the case of the 991 generation, that may wind up being rear wheels that help point the car in the direction the driver wants to go…even if the driver doesn’t have a firm mastery of oversteer.
That’s the latest news from Germany, where AutoBild is claiming the 991 Turbo will be the first 911 equipped with four-wheel steering. Rear wheels that turn isn’t a new technology—in case you’ve forgotten, it was kind of a fad among Japanese automakers back in the late Eighties and early Nineties—but the benefits of the tech weren’t enough to encourage widespread adoption. But if this report is true, odds seem good that Porsche has mastered the art of making four-wheel steering a performance boon—the sort of technology that probably knocks a second or so off a Nürburgring time.
We were hoping the 911 Turbo would show its pretty face and hippy body sometime this year; but unless Porsche has a surprise L.A. Auto Show debut planned for it, it seems doubtful, so we’re pinning our hopes on a 2013 Geneva Motor Show debut. Horsepower should be somewhere in the 530-550 range (possibly thanks to as many as three turbos, but that might be more likely for the 991.2 Turbo), acceleration should be in the stupid-fast range, and the debate about whether the GT3 or the Turbo is the better choice should remain vigorous. [via Eurocarblog]
Pictured: 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet render by Wild Speed