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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 Noya on 7/3/2011 2:02:13 AM , Rating: 2
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C6 Z06 with similar performance to many 100k+ Porsches and get another car or truck to use.


Sorry, but the current Porsche Turbo S destroys everything (ZR1 included) but a Bugatti Veyron in acceleration while matching just about anything else in braking, handling, etc.

Bingo! That's who GM aims at with the Corvette, the value conscious shopper who would prefer two lower-quality cars than paying for as single more premium product. Someone that will go on and on about the numbers a C6 will produce, while never admitting to its kit-car build quality and the fact that they will never, ever take it to an open track day and actually experience the thrills the car can give thanks to the numbers it produces.


By Reclaimer77 on 7/3/2011 3:10:02 AM , Rating: 1
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Sorry, but the current Porsche Turbo S destroys everything (ZR1 included)


Yeah for only $60k more. Also please define "destroys". Post a link. Because every comparison I can find shows the ZR1 beating it or coming out pretty much even, despite the Porsche whoring all wheel drive and a double-clutch PDK tranny with launch control, stability control, and whatever other electronic crap they needed to throw in to make the car drivable.

Why is it so hard for people to accept the 'Vette as a legitimate sports car?

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Someone that will go on and on about the numbers a C6 will produce, while never admitting to its kit-car build quality and the fact that they will never, bla bla bla


I guess it's just impossible that some people might prefer a Corvette to a Porsche? Nah, hell, everyone should just buy a Porsche I guess. Screw every OTHER car out there.

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ever take it to an open track day and actually experience the thrills the car can give thanks to the numbers it produces.


What are you even on about? Yeah I'm so sure everyone takes their $160k+ 911 Turbo's out on the track too. Riiiight.

Porsche's are great cars. But it's silly that you have to get nasty and condescending to someone who prefers a different sports car.


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