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has gotten its hands on the Porsche Cayman spy shots we featured earlier, along with a few new snaps of the next 911 undergoing testing. While the Boxster facelift – due to be unveiled at the LA Auto Show this November – and the tweaked Cayman – coming out early next year – won't be anything revolutionary, CAR has revealed speculated that big changes are underfoot for the 911, taking technology, power delivery and driver comfort to levels never thought possible in the iconic coupe. Check out what we're talking about after the jump.

The next 911, internally code-named the 991, is due out in late 2011 and will share several components with the 981 Boxster and Cayman. According to CAR's Porsche source, Mr. Durheimer, "The design can of course be evolutionary, but beneath the skin, almost anything is possible."

To the first point, Durheimer says that "there is no need for old-fashioned protruding door mirrors" and that the newly adopted pedestrian crash standards will cause Porsche to make obvious alterations to the front of the car. The rear will be reshaped to further enhance aerodynamics, along with a new active rear spoiler, adjustable front splitter, integrated "jet vents" in the wheel arches to keep the 911 planted at speed and a new floor pan design.

On the engineering front, the new dual-clutch PDK transmission will be around until 2018, when Porsche may implement a seven-speed CVT (!) into it's range-topping coupe. New materials are also part of the package, and with the knowledge gleaned from the Carrera GT, Porsche hopes to reduce the 911's curb weight by 10 percent through the use of composite materials replacing aluminum.

Within the next decade, Porsche plans to use more active steering and torque vectoring on its new models, along with next-generation PSM stability management, a water-level sensor to combat hydroplaning and, of all things, a parking system with a rear-mounted camera similar to that found on the Lexus LS range and some new Volkswagen products.

Big things are obviously on the way; too bad we'll have to wait 10 years to see if any of it comes to fruition.

[Source: CAR]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      "driver comfort to levels never thought possible in the iconic coupe."

      I can only assume that means burled walnut interior and crushed velor captians chairs.
      Which if all those wonderful movies from the 70's about the van craze taught me would be great.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A 911 will always have to be rear engined. No matter how much people complain about how it effects handling if they ever messed with the design it would fail. The beauty of the 911 is that they have one of the most profitable cars in the world and they barely have to mess with it. In the future i see enough technological advancement to keep it up with the times and keep it competitive in racing but the basic design will never change. Who knows though, an extremely fast electric 911 would be worth selling the house for.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do they think cars are currently ridiculously pointy and that curving them up will save lives? F*****g idiots, thanks for ruining one of the most iconinc profiles in the car industry.

      Of course MR would make for better handling and Porsche know they are always at a handicap because of the RR placement but you buy a 911 because it is a 911!!!!!

      Either i'm interested to see what the new look is like, hopefully far from the ugly the Panamera assualts you with.

      Oh P.S. i'd rather be hit by a nice pointy 911 than a wall of Cayenne or lorry but nope those things are fine.......
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't really object to fluffy "out there" reporting, but hell, this is just meaningless ramblings. CVT? Back-up camera, auto-parking? Idiotic drivel.

      Is there no "mouth piece" at PCAG willing to talk about their cars?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Doesn't matter how much they "engineer" 911, it is still fundamentally flawed: engine in incorrect location and poor weight balance.

      Now the Cayman, on the other hand...
        • 6 Years Ago
        For a car with the engine in the wrong place, it sure has been successful. In fact, if you know motorsport history, it has been the MOST successful of all time. Highlights for 911 variant's overall wins: LeMans (935), Daytona (911RSR,935,GT3), Paris Dakar (959), Monte Carlo Rally (911). Add in the thousands of other victories and you get the picture. Maybe other cars have the engine in the wrong place.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seems to me they have to throw all this engineering into the car to make up for the rear weight bias behind the rear wheels.
      Maybe they should just extend the wheelbase a bit and stick the engine in front of the rear wheels.
      Midship engine placement already pays off with superior handling of the Cayman.
      Anybody good at photoshop?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think they'll continue to sandbag the Cayman to please the 911 purists.
      • 6 Years Ago
      " . . . Porsche may implement a seven-speed CVT (!) into it's range-topping coupe."

      oxymoron: seven-speed Continuously-Variable-Transmission

      CVTs have an infinite number of ratios between their maximum and minimum ratio. If they only had seven ratios they would not be "continuously variable."

      Sounds to me like someone is just throwing buzzwords around.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm with Justin on the acronyms. They're either referring to the DCT/PDK that is soon-to-be available or the second generation of that transmission.

        The long shot would be a power-sapping CVT with a mode that has 7 selectable gears. That would be suicide, though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The way I understand it (no expert here), a CVT only has a limited ratio range. Thus you need a few normal gears spread out very widely so the overall ratio range is wide (with the CVT filling in the gaps).
        • 6 Years Ago
        re: 7-speed CVT. Some CVT implementations, including the '02 - '06 Mini Coopers, had the computer make the transmission act like it had 5 discreet gear ratios. Apparently, this was because their marketing people thought Americans didn't like the feel/sound of a true CVT. The cool thing was that when you hit the "Sport Mode" switch it effectively changed the "gear ratios" of the 5 "gears."
        • 6 Years Ago
        I call BS on the CVT, it's slower and less fuel efficeint than the DSG, makes no sense.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Porsche plans to use more active steering and torque vectoring on its new models"

      I can just hear the so called purists complaining about new Porsches being able to "drive themselves". lol
      You can't fight progress... and even if you could, why would you want to? It's only natural that as engineers continue to push the performance envelope, they'll develop systems that allow us to access this performance. I think good times are ahead.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I remember when there was furor by purists over changing from air-cooled to water-cooled boxer engines. We've come to love the new engines now, but they still don't sound as good as it used to. But the Porsche is better for off for moving to new technology and becoming faster.

        With incredibly fast ZR-1s, Z06s, GT-Rs, and R8s on the market its hard not to justify every bit more speed to stay competitive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I love driving as much as the next guy. Even though I have a 500hp Evo, my favorite car is still my E30 M3, and I have more fun on my hotted up Quad... solid axle and gobs of torque, no electronics in sight. It's just that a lot of people have this silly notion that awd and torque vectoring does the driving for you... it doesn't. It just makes easier to access all the performance. Electronic systems like those will never take all the fun or skill out of driving. My Evo has a pretty trick awd system, but strap into the drivers seat while thinking you've got this magic copilot and it'll kill your ass. No two ways about it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I guess I am too old, I like the idea of driving a car, not a car driving me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "taking technology, power delivery and driver comfort to levels never thought possible in the iconic coupe."



      It's still gonna look like a mongoloid toad, right?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Porsche has NEVER taken giant leaps, don't expect too much to change. To porsche it will be a huge change, to everyone else? Not so much.

      Bottomline there STILL overpriced volkswagens. There I said it!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Harrison: You comment indicate that you don't understand how you come off sounding like an elitist douche.

        The purpose of Porsche is to build a car that people will buy. Sure, it sells well at present, but why handicap with all that weight out past the rear wheels? When people realise the Cayman (with a couple of engine mods) is a nicer car to drive, the 911 will go mid-engined.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Your comments indicate that you don't understand the purpose of Porsche.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What the hell is a seven speed CVT? Next up, an infinite speed CVT! Oh, wait...
      • 6 Years Ago
      What it comes down to is education. If we educate all those old rich doctors and lawyers about how Porsche AG is overcharging them for a product inferior to the competition in performance, then they too would demand a mid-engine Cayman with a 3.6L or a 3.8L engine and proper gearing and a -20mm LSD option. So what if that would kill the 911? That's the whole point. We need to work on the demand side, not the supply side, since Porsche AG is too arrogant to care about anything other than its profits and obscene executive payouts. Boycott all Porsche products until Porsche AG gets its act together and gives us a car that wouldn't be embarrassed off the line by a stock Nissan or a souped-up Mitsubishi half its price.
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