Pictured here is the brand new 2012 Porsche 911, codenamed the 991, straight from the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Even though the look is clearly evolutionary, the differences between the new 911 and the old 911 will be visible immediately to Porsche fans. For instance, the car is nearly 4 inches longer, yet it rides lower, giving the 911 an even sportier, more exotic set of proportions. Despite the added length, the new 911 doesn’t gain any weight at all compared to the old model.
In addition, the more rounded lines and curves of the new car subtly hint at Porsche’s recent design language as shown on the new Cayenne, as well as the Panamera sedan. A new taillight design appears too. The design is evolutionary rather than revolutionary, but nobody expected anything different from Porsche – the 911, unlike the Jaguar XJ, didn’t and still doesn’t need any radical changes.
The big news is the transmission. The Porsche 911 gets an 8 speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) double clutch transmission, as well as the world’s first 7 speed manual transmission. These two transmissions will put power to the ground that comes from either a 3.4 liter flat six producing 350 horsepower in the Carrera model, or a 3.8 liter flat six producing 400 horsepower in the Carrera S model.
The interior gets a bigger redesign than the exterior, as can be seen in the photographs, where it’s clear that the Panamera and Cayenne’s new interiors played a big role in influencing the brand-new 911. It makes for a more sumptuous luxurious interior that still keeps the 911’s traditional sporty values intact. In plain English, the interior looks more expensive, and will feel more expensive too, which befits a car of the 911’s price.
It’s clear that the world’s longest running sports car will continue to remain a stalwart in an ever more competitive segment, and will continue to remain the one to beat, at least for one more generation. And we don’t see Porsche screwing up the next one, either.