Porsche For 2001
By Carey Russ
The word for 2001 at Porsche is "Turbo." As in 911 Turbo, as the latest iteration of Porsche's highest-performance sports car debuts. It joins the other members of the 911 series, the Carrera and Carrera 4, and the Boxster and Boxster S.
Porsche has used its racing-developed knowledge and technology to make the 2001 911 Turbo, the most awesome Turbo yet. Its rear-mounted 3.6-liter twin-turbo liquid-cooled flat six is good for 415 horsepower, gotten to the ground by a sophisticated all-wheel drive system. Top speed and acceleration are at supercar levels, as is braking, thanks to massive discs and four-piston calipers derived from the Porsche GT1 race car. Ceramic composite brakes, the first offered for a production car, will be available. The standard transmission is a six-speed manual, but, for the first time in the Turbo, a five-speed "Tiptronic" automatic with manual shifting is offered. Although the Turbo has a racing heritage and performance, it is a fully-equipped grand touring car with all of the amenities expected of a luxury car.
Other 911 Models
The current 911 is also offered in rear-wheel drive Carrera and all-wheel drive Carrera 4 trim, with coupe and convertible models available for both versions. They have new convenience features and other revisions for 2001.
Boxster and Boxster S
The mid-engined Boxster family consists of the standard Boxster and higher-performance Boxster S. The "Porsche Stability Management" electronic stability control system is available for both this year, and there are a variety of detail and convenience enhancements.
Porsche Specifications 2001 911 Turbo ENGINE 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged horizontally-opposed six-cylinder Peak horsepower: 415 @ 6000 rpm Peak torque, lb-ft: 415 @ 2700-4600 rpm DRIVE TRAIN Rear engine, all-wheel drive 5 - speed automatic 6 - speed manual CHASSIS & SUSPENSION Unit Construction Front suspension: independent MacPherson strut Rear suspension: independent multilink BRAKES 4-wheel antilock disc EPA ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY City / Highway: 15/22 Fuel tank: 16.9 gallons