The next generation of Porsche, successor of the 997 model (2005-2011), internally called 991 will be revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in September 2011. Longer wheel base and central engine are rumored.
The latest video from the Rennsport Reunion IV event is called "This is how you meet your heroes" and, as its name suggests, it is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Porsche’s greatest racing heroes - be it cars or drivers.
Names like Hurley Haywood, Derek Bell, and Brian Redman are very familiar with Porsche fans and, in this video, these fans will get the chance to see them next to cars like the Porsche 917 and the Porsche 962 - cars that made history in the racing world. So, turn up your volume and listen to the exhaust notes of these two amazing cars.
You know how press releases can sometimes play tricks on minds based on the content? We’ve been down this road before and it appears that we could be headed to it again.
Porsche recently released a press kit regarding their plans for the LA Auto Show next month and we found a little piece of nugget that points to a car making its world premier, one that features “impressive performance and dynamic looks, exuding unadulterated driving pleasure.”
Now, what that car could be is still anyone’s guess, but if you’ve paid close enough attention to their plans, we could be in store for the world debut of the new Porsche 911 Cabriolet.
This is all a matter of conjecture so don’t take our word for it just yet. But if you really think about it, the recent launch of the new 911 is usually quickly followed by the drop-top version. On top of that, Porsche’s immediate future - by ’immediate,’ we mean the next six months - includes a couple of releases, including the new Boxster, the face-lifted Panamera, and, it seems, the 911 Cabriolet.
So why are we holding out hope that we’ll see the 911 Cabriolet in Los Angeles next month? Consider these phrases - Impressive Performance. Dynamic Looks. Unadulterated Driving Pleasure - and think of the first Porsche machine that comes to mind.
If you thought about the new Porsche 911 Cabriolet, then you’re not the only one.
In any case, we’ll be sure to have more information as the La Auto Show draws closer.
The Porsche 911/991 was already revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, but nothing is more appealing than checking it out in drop top form. The Porsche 911 Cabriolet will be virtually identical to the Coupe model, but will feature either a soft canvas top or a hardtop built using lightweight panels covered in a soft fabric.
Like with the coupe version, the 911/991 Cabriolet will receive an updated exterior featuring an even more muscular stance, a new headlamp design, remodeled exterior mirrors, and new wheels. The interior will be more driver-focused and will offer better technology.
Powering the standard Carrera will be a 3.4 liter direct-injected flat-six engine delivering a total of 350 HP. The Carrera S model will feature a 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine delivering a raised output of 400 HP. Performance times will obviously suffer just a tad with the added weight of the soft top, but shouldn’t be too far off of the 0-62 mph time of 4.6 seconds for the Carrera and 4.3 seconds for the Carrera S.
Stay tuned as the 2013 Porsche 911/991 Cabriolet should debut at a major auto show within the next few months!
The Porsche 911 has had many illustrious and iconic generations, but the newest 911/991 is about to break the record for the longest 911 generation to date. Most 911 generations were only offered for about three to six years, but the 2012 911/991 will be around for two seven-year lifecycles and kept alive by a number of variations.
The first model to grace us with its presence after the standard 911 Carrera will be the 911 Cabriolet set to be revealed at the beginning of 2012. Following that will be the four-wheel-drive versions, the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, in December 2012. These models will mark the end of the current 3.4-liter direct-injection engine as it will only be available in the first 18 months of production. After that, standard 911 models will get a 3.8-liter engine delivering a total of 400 HP.
After the engine switch, the next model to present itself will be the 911 Turbo which will arrive in 2013. This model will get a 520 HP 3.8-liter flat engine and will be followed by the GT3 set to arrive in the same year. The GT3 variant will be powered by a high-revving normally-aspirated flat six. A Targa and a Speedster version will also be offered, with a Hybrid variant being a strong possibility.
As previously mentioned, the 911 will be offered for 14 years in two lifecycles. It will get a facelift after seven years of production.
With everyone seeing green these days, inquiring on whether or not Porsche’s new 911/991 will see hybrid technology is not completely out of the question. Just a few months ago, Panamera Hybrid Development Chief, Michael Steiner, had to hack away at rumors that the new 911 would receive KERS technology, but left the door open to hybrid power by stating, "...The new 911 will not be offered with hybrid drive for the foreseeable future. If and when it is, then it will most likely happen as a plug-in." Now, during a recent interview with Motor Trend, new Porsche boss Matthias Muller, has revealed that a hybrid version is still under consideration: "If this [technology] will be available at 911 level is under discussion."
With fuel efficiency and emissions being at the top of many automakers’ lists these days, it would be rather surprising if Porsche didn’t take full advantage of their hybrid technology for the new 911. They’ve been ahead of the game in many aspects of the automotive industry - the Cayenne and Panamera, to name just a couple - so it doesn’t seem to be a matter of if hybrid technology will be adopted for the 911, but more so of when it will happen.
The current hybrid system used in the Panamera Hybrid is a 3.0 liter V6 compressor engine combined with an electric motor. The technology is there, all Porsche has to do is modify and transfer it to the 3.4L direct-injected flat-six engine in the 911.
The new generation Porsche 911 has been improved significantly, with new technologies, a new engine, and a weight reduction of about 100 lbs pushing it to a level never before seen for the Porsche. The proof is in the pudding and today’s dessert is Nurburgring flavored. The new 911/991 Carrera S has managed to lap the famous circuit in only 7 min. 40 seconds, about 13 seconds faster than the previous model and matching that of the previous generation’s race-ready 911 GT3.
After reporting this time, Porsche 911 vehicle line director, August Achleitner said: "It is not so important for us; it is just for comparison." Funny, all we heard was blah, blah, blah, everyone else needs to get ready! This new time set by the Carrera S opens up all kinds of doors for the rest of the 911 models. For example, if the Carrera S model’s lap time matched that of the previous GT3, then what can we expect for the new GT3? And how about the 911 Turbo? Are we looking at a vehicle that will be able to smash the 7m 24 sec record set by the Nissan GT-R?
To say we’re tingling with excitement would be an understatement.
Porsche has barely let the excitement over the new 911/991’s debut die down and they are already back at work, testing the all new drop top version of the iconic sports car. Previous reports of a new folding hardtop can officially be put to rest because these new spy shots reveal the Porsche’s usual soft top.
Expect the future 911 Carrera Cabriolet to feature the same engine as found in the hardtop version, a downsized 3.4L direct-injected flat-six engine delivering 350 HP and mated to a new, optional 7-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK). The 911 Carrera S Cabriolet would then be powered by the 3.8-liter flat-six engine with direct injection, upgraded to produce 400 HP. Performance times would obviously suffer just a tad with the added weight of the soft top, but shouldn’t be too far off of the 0-62 mph time of 4.6 seconds for the Carrera and 4.3 seconds for the Carrera S.
The Porsche 911/991 Cabriolet should find its way to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but we expect to get official images some time before that so stay tuned!
There was never really any doubt that the new Porsche 911 was going to be one of the most anticipated cars of 2011. The question isn’t so much as "is it going to be great?" more than it is "how great is it going to be?"
That’s the difference between a car like the 911 and pretty much everything else on the market. You don’t question the former’s credibility. You only ask yourself how you’ll be able to afford one. For auto tuning companies, the same questions can be asked, albeit in a different context: "how soon can we build a program for it?"
In the case of Russian tuner, TopCar, the project has already begun, despite the fact that the 911 has yet to make its worldwide debut. TopCar is already ahead of the curb to the extent that they already have sketches as to what their program for the 911 is going to look like.
Details behind the project are still being kept under wraps, but we’ve learned a few things about it, including the body, which will be built using carbon and Kevlar. In addition to that, the corresponding kit will carry new items, including new front and rear bumpers, air inlets, and a new exhaust system.
We also found out that TopCar has enlisted the services of some of the best aftermarket companies for the project, including 9ff, which will handle the powertrain tweaking, and ADV.1 Wheels, which will take care of the TopCar 911’s specially-designed wheels.
Expect the TopCar 911 to make its first public appearance in March 2012, along with TechArt’s own rendition of the 911/991. Between these two projects, we’ll need plenty of time to decide which model we’ll be filling up our piggy banks to buy.
With the new Porsche 911/991 specs revealed ahead of the vehicle’s Frankfurt debut, it was only a matter of time before the full line of 911 models got their turn at the rendering desk. We’ve already covered the 911 Turbo and the 911 GT3, so now it’s the GT3 RS’ turn.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS should debut a short time after the 911 GT3 is revealed sometime in 2013. It will take the GT3’s 480 HP and tack on another 20 HP for a total of 500 HP. Unlike other 911 models, the GT3 RS will be offered exclusively with Porsche’s new seven-speed manual gearbox.
In addition to the added power, the 911 GT3 RS will feature some additions typical to the RS family. Expect an improved suspension to keep those tires firmly planted, better aerodynamics to reduce drag and boost performance, and an extra-large carbon-fiber rear wing serving as a reminder of its racing connections.
The Need For Speed franchise will be rolling out a new game called ’The Run’ before the holidays and they’re banking on the exclusive appearance of one of the most highly anticipated sports car of the year, the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S for increased sales.
They’re so high on the 911 Carrera S that they even took the time to make an exclusive preview of the sports car for our viewing. As if we needed any more convincing; we’re already scooping up the game when it hits shelves this November.
However, it’s still a cool video to watch, especially since the Porsche supercar is only a few days away from being unveiled to the public. And as an added bonus, if you look more closely at the promo, you’ll notice that the 911 Carrera S isn’t the only Porsche sports car making an appearance. Yep, the 500-horsepower Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 is also running roughshod over America’s highways.
Check out the video and watch the two Porsche monsters that will be part of Need For Speed: The Run.