• Apr 4, 2008
While we like to chide the Stuttgart crew for "updates" to its 911 range, this newest one actually has some serious substance underneath the tweaked sheet metal. In addition to the revised headlamp and taillight design, CAR is reporting that Porsche will upgrade both the 3.6- and 3.8-liter flat-six boxers with direct-injection. The technology, first employed by Porsche on the 2007 Cayenne, boosted horsepower and torque by around 10- to 15-percent in the SUV, and we hope that similar gains can be made with its iconic six. More impressive, although not entirely unexpected, is the rumored fitment of Porsche's first dual-clutch gearbox. The Doppel Kupplungen transmission will be available on the new 911 after it's unveiled sometime this summer, with sales expected to begin this fall. There's no word on what models will benefit from the DSG 'box initially, nor was there any info about how the new tranny would be implemented on Porsche's all-wheel-drive models.
[Source: CAR]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      i just saw a bunch of these prototypes running around malibu two weeks ago. i did notice the new tail lights but the rest seems to be 'mild changes' cosmetically at least.
      • 6 Years Ago
      amazingly that Porsche needed 30years to market PDK... since the 80´s they have their dual clutch system ready developt and every today system is based on it..

      Sad that Porsche was in financel trouble in the 80´s to marketing the PDK was to risk for Porsche.. the car world would be different today if that system would be in use since nearly 30years..
      • 6 Years Ago
      i was thinking the other day about exactly this, how would they be able to squeeze anymore power out of those 6's, DI is great!! And i bet now HONDA will do the same will its super efficient 4's. Can you imagine the MPG's those will get???? =)
        • 6 Years Ago
        VTEC means cam switching.
        The Fit has normal cams, but switches to a low lift/duration to improve low speed mixing.
        http://www.hondanews.com/categories/874/releases/3453
        http://www.hondanews.com/media_storage/GIF/Power_07Fit_2.gif

        The new Civic?
        The R18A1 has inverse half VTEC. It works on one intake valve. Works at part load (so if you floor it, it 'kicks out' not 'kicks in') and works on the bottom half of the engine speed range.
        http://www.hondanews.com/media_storage/GIF/S2_Civic_23.gif

        You could rip out the VTEC, and you still have the eEGR for mileage, and you still have the dual length intake manifold for improved torque/power.

        Honda still doesn't have variable valve timing, yet Toyota put it on the '00 model year corolla, and now has variable intake & exhaust valve timing on the new 1.8.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mike what are you talking about? The US market version of the Fit runs the VTEC version of the engine with variable valve timing, not the VTEC-less version.
        And the Civic has VTEC in every trim in the US as well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Honda?
        The don't even have variable valve timing on the fit or civic.

        What happened to the lift scaling system for the TSX?
      Carlos
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just wish Porsche would quit holding onto the rear mounted engine design. There is only so much engineering you can do to overcome physics. I know that Porsche has done a great job with the 911 and they are great cars to drive, but as testament to my insanity, Porsche will not give the Cayman more power simple because it would be a better car all around. With mid or even front/mid mounted placement the 911 could be a much better car. But hey call me crazy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I disagree

        the layout of the 911 has become a quality

        it gives definition to the car, and character to it's driving dynamics

        Making the 911 a mid-engined car would be a huge mistake.

        Porsche could, however, introduce a new mid-engined car to take the 911's current market position, while still producing the 911 as a niche car.

        I think that this is what they are already doing. I predict that they will branch out from the cayman, eventually introducing the new model when the market is ready for it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cars today are just out of control with new technology.

      I feel f**kin old.
        • 6 Years Ago
        dual clutch patent is from the 1940´s..Porsche was the first company mastering the technic and used it in race cars in the 1980´s.. they gave it to Audi which used it in some of the Audi S1 Group B Rally Monster.. nothing realy new..
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's nice that Porsche is finally starting to make some significant improvements. It's a long time coming.
      • 6 Years Ago
      that didn't take long for Porsche ....bye bye gtr
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yup the GTR only ruled the current-gen 911, which hadn't been updated in a while...now there will be stiffer competition between the two, and i think the 911 will get back its crown.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Bye bye what? It's only the regular Carrera and the Carrera S that are getting the DI, not the Turbo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think the GT-R is the reason for these and any other updates. I suggest that the cross town upstart R8 is the biggest worry in Stuttggart for now.

      And they should be worried.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, it the DI engine will be great for the Porsche Turbo. We will easily see the base Turbo rise to near the GT2 hp mark. But then again, its not all about power with Porsches.

      Hmmm...Caymen with DI...
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