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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: I like manuals but 7 speed ?
By ottawanker on 7/1/2011 7:55:39 PM , Rating: 2
I can, its called the Cayman. The Boxster/Cayman are actually faster around a track with the same HP as the 911.

In fact, I was watching the 24 hours of Le Mans and the commentators were saying that the 911 is no longer competitive in the GT class and that they need to bring out the Boxster to start winning again.


RE: I like manuals but 7 speed ?
By topkill on 7/1/2011 8:31:37 PM , Rating: 2
AMEN! Porsche just can not get over the fact that the Cayman/Boxster layout is better balanced for the track.

They refuse to give the Cayman the same engine options as the 911 to protect their flagship baby...and it will eventually catch up with them as they start to lose more and more at the track.


RE: I like manuals but 7 speed ?
By Reclaimer77 on 7/1/11, Rating: 0
RE: I like manuals but 7 speed ?
By topkill on 7/2/2011 9:57:35 AM , Rating: 2
I have to admit that I've always been a 911 fan. But I got to be good friends with Dan Panoz who beat their ass at Le Mans back in 2006.

He said that Porsche immediately went into politicking mode and started complaining that Panoz had this advantage or that advantage and should be restricted with fuel tank size, etc. He got pissed and told them to quit whining and put their best engines in the Cayman if they wanted to compete. They admitted to Dan privately that they could get better performance from the Cayman but the 911 was their flagship and they would not do it.

I knew then that as much as I love the 911, that the Cayman would one day become their primary racing platform....the question is: when??? Germans can be INCREDIBLY stubborn so it may be a long time. The 458 and the Vette's may have to kick their ass for a few years before they make the switch.


By RussianSensation on 7/2/2011 1:19:28 AM , Rating: 2
Who said anything about track performance? You can't get the Cayman or the Boxster with all-wheel drive. So how are you disproving my claim if the vehicles you mentioned don't do so well in the snow or the rain?

Also, if you wanted an all around track car, you'd get a Lotus Exige or the Nissan GTR anyway. So no a Cayman or the Boxster are not better than a 911. Besides, if you want a 911 for a track, they have one for you: GT3 RS 4.0


RE: I like manuals but 7 speed ?
By BZDTemp on 7/2/2011 9:12:04 AM , Rating: 1
I heard those commentators and I disagree. Her is why.

1. Yes, no Porsche winner this year but last year Porsches took first and third in their class (GT2) and the winning Porsche was 7 laps ahead of the fastest GT1 car (that's like 28 miniutes).
2. The leading Porsche came in fourth in class this year two laps behind the class leader. However two of the cars ahead were factory entries and the third team( AF Corse) is pretty much an unofficial Ferrari/Maserati team. Team Felbermayr-Proton with the Porsche is just one of many teams that work with Porsche and there was no factory Porsche team at Le Mans.
3. Porsche won the ALMS championship in the GT class in 2009 and 2010.
4. Porsche has 3 (or is it 4) class wins in Grand-Am this year and the engine MFR competition is almost tied at this time (Chevy 213 pts, Porsche 212 pts, Mazda 210 pts)

It's not like Porsche wins everything but saying they are no longer competitive is simply wrong. Some years there is a new car that blows past all others and all in all who is winning fluctuates. This year it looks like the brand new BMW is a hot item and so is the 458 (if somewhat unstable) and Corvette seems to finally have their but Porsche 911's are still going strong even if the 911(997) is a few years old by now. To me it looks like the new 911 as described in the article in this place is gonna be a new winner (although I prefer the look of the 997).


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