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.

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Top Gear also points out that though it is definitely distinctive from the previous 911, describing it as, “... less rear-engined. Less 911-ish, more Cayman-like. Because, in a way, it is. Of course, the engine’s where it always was, hanging out the back. But the rear wheels have moved 70mm back.”

This new Porsche is positioning itself right along side its main competition - the BMW M3 - and it looks like it is going to be too close to call. Top Gear points out that Porsche says it will do 60 in about 4.5 seconds which is exactly the same as the BMW M3. We think this will be the first time that Porsche can really challenge BMW. The engineers from Stuttgart have not only risen to the challenge mechanically, but also in the aesthetic battle over the somewhat conventional looking counterpart, the M3.

All in all, we believe this latest incarnation of the classic 911 will be well received by both critics and Porsche fans alike. It will undoubtedly lead the marque forward with advances in performance and fuel efficiency. This points to a new direction for Porsche in which it will keep the faithful, but will also help it to gain many more fans along the way.

Source: Top Gear

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  (484) posted on 08.5.2011

That is why they still consider it as a future car and will be released on the late 2012 because they wanted to be in the lane of M-series of BMW production. I hope Porsche can reach their goal on this one.

  (570) posted on 08.4.2011

 The M3 series is already sold out so I don’t think that this vehicle would not be the possible competitor of the car. Porsche is still updating this production, and I think it will take a long time before we can see this car running down in the road. 

  (197) posted on 08.4.2011

Yeah, the platform of the Porsche 911 had remained untouchable. Well, I thought they were making sedan version for the car for they have to increase the length of the car up to 4 inches. The figure performance of the flat six engine is quite powerful. 

  (434) posted on 07.26.2011

I would agree that it is a high-speed car, but it doesn’t look like a sports car. The way I see the car, it is very nasty and full of dirt, especially the front side of the car. I think, much better if they change the appearance of the car.

  (488) posted on 07.22.2011

As expected from the Porsche it has an impressive speed performance. And it seems that they will make the car lighter. I think its tough competitor would be the M3.

  (434) posted on 07.22.2011

Well, I guess this would be a high speed performing vehicle. However, it seems that they haven’t boost the power of the car into an impressive output. I guess it still need a upgrade in the engine and modification in the styling.

  (320) posted on 07.8.2011

Yup, this is actually starting to look rather promising. But I think they still need to work on some quirks in this baby. Prom what I have heard, it is still encountering certain problems.

  (762) posted on 07.8.2011

If the Porsche 911 wants to compete with BMW’s M3, I think they have the lead in terms of performance. But in terms of appearance, M3 is more cool than this.

  (473) posted on 07.8.2011

Well, Its hard to choose between this car and its competitor the M3. Both cars have something new to offer. I guess its too early to give a speculation for this production vehicle we need to wait for the debut first!

  (429) posted on 07.8.2011

hmm. I think they have made the new 911 a bit wider compare to this model. I guess its a pretty smart moves from the Porsche to modified this car at least we expect for a sportier and high speed performance for this vehicle.

  (1) posted on 07.7.2011

this has to be one of the best articles EVER! Very informative and funny!!!

  (570) posted on 07.7.2011

Well, the look of this car is not far from its current model. Its a good thing to know that they fixed the gas guzzler thing of this car.

  (831) posted on 07.7.2011

This one doesn’t deviate that much from the design of the previous generation model. But that one is really is cool looking, so there is really no need to change this one that much.

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