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.
Now that Porsche has revealed the full line of specifications for the new generation 911 family, creative types are busying themselves with the different variations up the brand’s sleeve. We just revealed our thoughts on the next gen 911 Turbo and then we found PS-Garage’s take on the future GT3 RS.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is the perfect sports car for those looking for true racetrack performance in a street car. The RS version will be the next logical step after the new 911 GT3 is revealed sometime in 2013, and while the new standard GT3 will deliver somewhere in the neighborhood of 480 HP, the RS version will be working with about an 20 HP. Unlike other 911 models, the GT3 RS will be offered exclusively with Porsche’s new seven-speed manual gearbox.
The new GT3 RS will bring in some of the usual upgrades such as an improved suspension, better aerodynamics, and an extra-large carbon-fiber rear wing serving as a reminder of its racing connections.
Updated 03/07/2013: Today we have created a new rendering for the upcoming GT3 RS, based on the standard GT3 version we have seen in Geneva.
Porsche took the covers off the next generation 911/991 a bit early, so our attention has moved to its next variant: the 911 Turbo. We’ve already caught this version during some hot weather testing, but there’s nothing like a good rendering to bide our time until the 911 Turbo’s world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March.
The new 911/911 features an aluminum-steel body, which shaves off up to 45kg (or about 99 lbs) of the car’s total weight. Expect the 911 Turbo to get some additional changes to reduce the weight even further. This reduction will put the 3.8-liter flat-six engine to good use as 550 HP rushes out. Large air intakes situated on the flanks of the 911 Turbo will provide the cool air needed to cool this beast and new technologies, such as brake regeneration and a stop start system, will help reduce fuel consumption. The engine will be offered with an improved manual gearbox as standard, or an optional Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) gearbox. The PDK will have with no less than seven forward gears, combining the driving comfort of a converter automatic transmission with the dynamic gearshift of a sequential racing gearbox.
The Porsche 911/991 is ready to rock and roll and we have the first official images to prove it! Porsche went all out on this model, as they have done for all of the previous generations. It is a completely new vehicle, even though it is easily recognizable as a 911 model. Compared to the car it replaces, the next generation 911 is said to be about 56mm longer, leaving it with a grand total of 4.49 meters. The wheelbase will also grow about 10mm.
Design elements have been taken from both the Panamera and the 918 Spyder concept. The exterior is defined by larger front wing pontoons which house all-LED headlights, slightly deeper side sills, and door-mounted wing mirrors, and a more significantly sculpted rear end. For the interior, there are more elements borrowed from the Panamera: top-spec Burmester stereos, improved sat-nav with better integration for mobile devices, and quality leather.
Under the hood, Porsche will be downsizing the engine from the 3.6L flat-six to a 3.4L direct-injected flat-six engine that delivers a total of 350 HP at 6400 rpm and max torque of 280 lb-ft between 4400 and 6000 rpm. The Carrera S may continue on with its 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine, but power may be increased to 400 HP. This would mean faster performance times than the current Carerra S model’s 0-60mph sprint time of 4.5 seconds and top speed of 188mph. Fuel consumption is also down for this model with a 14 percent reduction to 25.8 mpg. Both models will be offered with either a seven-speed manual gearbox or the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic, both made by ZF and both featuring launch control.
The ball is officially rolling out of control towards the Frankfurt Motor Show and while we are eagerly waiting the grand reveal of the Porsche 911/991, our spy photographers are busy snapping even more shots of the much-anticipated sports car. Our newest spy images reveal what looks to be a pre-production vehicle with its white tape transporter protection covering it like a swaddle blanket covers a newborn.
The Porsche 911/991 Coupe will take its design cues from the Panamera and the 918 Spyder concept, featuring larger front wing pontoons, all-LED headlights, slightly deeper side sills, door-mounted wing mirrors, and a more significantly sculpted rear end. Power for Porsche’s latest baby will come from a 3.4L direct-injected flat-six engine that delivers a total of 350 HP at 6400 rpm and max torque of 280 lb-ft between 4400 and 6000 rpm. The Carrera S, on the other hand, will get a 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine that delivers a total of 400 HP at 7000 rpm. Thanks to brake regeneration and stop start systems, the new Porsche will get a reduction in fuel consumption of 12%-15%.
As far as when the Porsche 911/991 is going up for sale, rumors have begun circulating that Porsche is just about ready to open up the order books as early as this month with vehicle deliveries scheduled in March - April 2012. The pre-production models in these images may not be ready to be parked outside your personal garage, but they may just be part of the press fleet that will be set up for journalists to drive the 911/991 after the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. We can only hope.
On your marks...get set...and get ready to order! A source has revealed that Porsche dealers are almost ready to open the order books for the new and improved 911/991. Orders may be taken as soon as next month with vehicle deliveries scheduled in March - April 2012.
That’s not all, either. Want to order the Porsche 911/991? There’s an app for that! Our source has also revealed that Porsche is developing an iPad app that will allow clients to play around with the options and place their order on Apple’s latest technological wonder. Porsche and Apple; now there’s a match made in heaven.
As a reminder for those who have been living under a rock of dullness, the new Porsche 911/991 will be powered by a 3.4L direct-injected flat-six engine that delivers a total of 350 HP at 6400 rpm and a max torque of 280 lb-ft between 4400 and 6000 rpm. The Carrera S will get a 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine that delivers a total of 400 HP at 7000 rpm, leaving it with a 4.5 seconds 0-60mph sprint time and a top speed of 188mph. Both models will be offered with either a seven-speed manual gearbox or the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic, both made by ZF and both featuring launch control. These models also come with an improved fuel economy of 12-15%.
Just a couple of weeks ago, we caught the 2013 Porsche 911 Turbo testing and now it seems that we may have caught the hi-power version of the Turbo as well, the Porsche 911 Turbo S.
All of the previous spy shots taken of the Turbo have shown two big single exhaust pipes, one on each side, but these new images reveal a quad pipe layout. The differing setups hint towards a higher-powered Turbo and, if it does turn out to be the Turbo S, could mean a boost of about 30-50 HP compared to the standard Turbo. This would mean that the Turbo S would be cranking out about 580-600 HP from its 3.8-liter flat-six engine, a good 50-70 HP boost over the current Turbo S. In terms of performance, this power boost means a 0-60 mph sprint time better than the current 3.1 seconds and a top speed peaking higher than 196 mph, quite possibly breaking the 200 mph mark.
Aside from the power boost, much of everything else will stay the same. The engine will be mated to an improved manual gearbox as standard, or an optional Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) gearbox. Porsche’s recent promotional video looks to have confirmed the rumors of seven gears for the PDK gearbox so expect too have these option for the Turbo S as well. Other features for the new Porsche 911 Turbo S will include brake regeneration and stop start systems which will help reduce fuel consumption by about 12%, quite possibly bringing it up to about 28 mpg.
Just when we thought the next generation 911 would be set to the side until its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, our spy photographers were able to catch even more images of the future model. Better yet, we were able to get spy shots of the 911 Turbo that include that big rear wing, a feature that was vacant on the prototype captured in its winter and spring testing, but highly anticipated for the production model.
Aside from the elaborate rear wing, this new prototype features enormous air intakes placed against wide fenders, totaling up all the proof we need that this is the most powerful Porsche in the 911 line-up.
The 2013 Porsche 911 Turbo will be powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that will deliver about 550 HP, a bit higher than the 530 HP found in the current 911 Turbo. Porsche will also offer both brake regeneration and stop start systems to help reduce fuel consumption by 12%. The new Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) gearbox will also be offered and with no less than seven forward gears, it combines the driving comfort of a converter automatic transmission with the dynamic gearshift of a sequential racing gearbox.
Expect to see the new generation 911 Turbo at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show March, with sales beginning later on in the year.
Please tell us it isn’t so. During a routine test drive over in Steinegg, Germany, a 2012 Porsche 911/991 prototype has inexplicably gone up in flames. According to fire chief commander, Klaus Buchinger, the fire started in the engine bay and "the car has burned like tinder." Apparently, the car completely burned through in only 15 minutes. The cause for the fire is still unknown.
The vehicle testing was a special prototype developed for the Chinese market, but will be finding its way back to the Porsche center in Weissach for further examination. Once the malfunctioning element has been discovered and corrected, we’re sure the 2012 Porsche 911 will successfully find its way to its official debut later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. That, or it will continue to go down in flames like the first few Ferrari 458 Italia units. We’re hoping for the former and not the latter.
As a reminder, the 2012 Porsche 911/991 will be powered by a 3.4-liter, direct-injected flat-six engine that delivers a total of 350 HP at 6400 rpm and max torque of 280 lb-ft between 4400 and 6000 rpm. The Carrera S, on the other hand, will get a 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine that delivers a total of 400 HP at 7000 rpm.
The Porsche 911 can be considered as classic as a Rembrandt, becoming an artistic addition to the often style-less sports car category. The shape has remained constant because well, why toy with perfection? The fact that it is well know for its iconic look might explain why the 911 has only been changed three times in its 48 year history. The 2012 911, known by its codename “991”, is the latest interpretation of Porsche’s classic 911.
This new 911 is going to undergo a bit of makeover with a 4 inch longer wheel base and wider axle tracks. However, the biggest change happens under the hood. Porsche appears to have decided to downsize the flat six engine from 3.6 liters to 3.4 liters. Motor Authority also points out that the base engine will be based on the one found on the Boxster S and Top Gear says Porsche has ”fitted it with new cylinder heads to allow it to rev higher.” Don’t react to this with angst though because the base power plant pushes out a meaty 350 horses. The Carrera RS version (replacing the Carrera S) will have a nice 400 horsepower which is 15 more than the previous model. As the power goes up, torque goes down in the base model by 8 lbs/ft, while in the RS it goes down by 15 lbs/ft. According to Top Gear, Porsche has also been shaving away the weight (30-40kg) by using aluminum for the floor and most of the external panels. This was done by Porsche to improve fuel economy and lower emissions. Then supporting these new power plants will be a new seven speed manual or the optional double clutch automatic.
We’re just getting settled with the latest update to the Porsche 911 (997) Carrera, but we also know the 998 is just around the corner. We’ve already seen the spy shot of the future Turbo version out for a little testing, and now we see the convertible testing to make sure the new top can handle the cold stuff.
What’s really great from this spy shot is the shape of the new convertible roof. The next 911 Cabriolet may use a lower and flatter roof, which is reminiscent of the 356 Speedster. How much will this drop-top take from the classic Porsche design? We should know by 2011 when this new 911 hits the streets.