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  (Source: Jamie Lipman/Inside Line)

Porsche 911 designers have the easiest job in the world. A nip here, a tuck there and "boom", new 911. Pictured above is a prototype 991 911  (Source: Jamie Lipman/Inside Line)

The new 911's interior takes styling cues from the Panamera  (Source: Jamie Lipman/Inside Line)
Porsche's 911 will get a major overhaul for 2012

We reported earlier this week that Porsche is looking to add what is essentially "cruise control on steroids" to its future vehicles. The Porsche ACC InnoDrive system will take full control of throttle inputs and "learn" the routes that the driver regularly travels. Only the steering will be left for the driver to control when the system is enabled.

Now, we're getting some more information on the most famous member of the Porsche family: the 911. The next generation model will be revealed before the end of this year, with production models going to North American customers next year.

The new 911, codenamed 991, is growing in length again. The 911 will sit on a 4-inch longer wheelbase, while overall length grows another 2.2 inches. Compared to the last air-cooled 911, the iconic 993, the new 911 is roughly 10 inches longer with a 7-inch longer wheelbase.

Despite the expanded dimensions, the new 911 will be lighter than outgoing 997 variant. Instead of relying primarily on steel for the construction of the vehicle, the majority of the vehicle will now be constructed of aluminum with high-strength steel being deployed used for "major crash paths" according to Inside Line.

The extended wheelbase will also leave more legroom for the two rear-seat passengers (in reality, kids only) and for an optional hybrid system that should be available for the 2016 model year refresh of the 991 platform.

The hybrid system isn't the only concession being made to improve fuel efficiency for the 911; Porsche has also done the unthinkable and ditched the 911's wonderful hydraulic steering system for an electric one. Porsche 911 project manager Roland Achleitner explains that the excellent steering feel will remain and that "you would not be able to tell it is electric." Another buzzkill is that Porsche is moving to an electronic parking brake for the new car. 

When it comes to powertrains, the new 911 Carrera will share a 3.4-liter flat-6 engine with the Boxster S that produces 350hp. The Carrera S will be blessed with a larger displacement flat-6 producing roughly 400hp. Power will be delivered to the rear wheels (or all four wheels in Carrera 4 guise) using a 7-speed dual-clutch (PDK) transmission or -- wait for it -- a 7-speed manual transmission.

Overall efficiency is said to improve by 12 to 15 percent over the outgoing model.

For more information on the next Porsche 911 and the development of the car, you can check out Inside Line's write-up. They actually got some passenger-seat time with a prototype of the vehicle.

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RE: When I was your age...
By Lord 666 on 7/1/2011 12:57:58 PM , Rating: 2
70's and 80's actually. Check out my response to Gus.

Never said just Porsche, but sports cars are no longer sporty but have become techno barges. Your Solstice is a good example of a modern sports car. Its not made anymore either.

My dream car is a factory new 93-95 RX-7 or a 96 Turbo 300ZX. If I were to win the lottery tonight, its a Turbo Panamera and V10 Toureg.

Even the N/A 300zx's from that era are good examples of "sports cars." Lightweight, low maint, low electronics, economical with respect to maint and fuel.

RE: When I was your age...
By Spuke on 7/1/2011 2:15:57 PM , Rating: 2
Never said just Porsche, but sports cars are no longer sporty but have become techno barges. Your Solstice is a good example of a modern sports car. Its not made anymore either.
Thanks. I guess I need to read next time. One of the reasons I bought it was because it was relatively lightweight and didn't have a bunch of electronic crap (not really opposed to some of that stuff though....I like the MyFord Touch). My car isn't even offered with navigation!! Air conditioning is an option!!! I didn't choose many options either. I have cloth seats and no rear lip spoiler, no OnStar, no chrome wheels. I did get the upgraded stereo, A/C and aluminum pedals.

RE: When I was your age...
By Reclaimer77 on 7/2/2011 8:50:53 AM , Rating: 1
Meah, you're being overly nostalgic. 350z, 370z (Nismo), Miata, S2000, Z3 Roadster are all great sports cars in their own right, not techno barges. I'm probably leaving a bunch out too, just listing off the top of my head.

Some of those 1990's sportscars had crazy tech like sequential twin turbo setups and the "digital dash" that always seemed to break on you. Oh and remember "Super HICAS" 4 wheel steering? The Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 even had "Active Aero" in like 3 different places.

The argument could be made that they were trying to cram more tech into those cars than today.

RE: When I was your age...
By Lord 666 on 7/2/2011 10:30:26 AM , Rating: 2
Of your cars listed, only two are in currently production and most were drop tops. I agree with the 370 as the 350 looked like a girls car depending on the color.

VW R32 great example, but not made anymore either. When compared to the 911, the Cayman is exctly what I mean.

RE: When I was your age...
By voodoochile123 on 7/4/2011 9:14:16 PM , Rating: 2
That's stupid, you can still get stripped out sports cars. The only difference now is that you can get well equipped ones too that are drivable day to day, and are so good that they don't even need to compromise on modern conveniences.

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