• Feb 18, 2010
2011 Porsche 911 Convertible – Click above for high-res image gallery

The latest round of Porsche 911 spy shots showed the coupe undergoing cold weather testing, and now our frost-bitten shooters have caught the convertible ahead of its reveal later this year.

Being a 911, the stylistic changes won't be revolutionary, but we've gotten word from insiders that active aerodynamics are part of the package (think the Ferrari 458 Italia's pliable nose), along with a new speed-deployable rear spoiler and a handful of openings in the bodywork to tweak airflow and cool off components.

Underneath the new platform, which insiders hint will carry the 991 designation (we don't get the roll-back either), Porsche's boffins are likely to employ a new electro-hydraulic power steering system to further reduce emissions, with the standard 3.6- and 3.8-liter direct-injected flat-sixes carrying over unchanged. Inside, our spies suggest that the wheelbase may be lengthened to make rear seat accommodations more suitable for fully-formed humans and that Porsche may ditch the traditional hand brake lever in favor of an electronic switch, similar to the Panamera's.

We should get our first official eyeful of the next generation 911 later this year, with sales beginning in early 2011.





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      • 4 Years Ago
      It's getting a Panamera rear spoiler?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "the wheelbase may be lengthened to make rear seat accommodations more suitable for fully-formed humans"

      That's just brilliant journalism.

      What gets me is that common statement....'owe, this being a 911, expect changes to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Well guess what?, the mid 90's Carrera changing into that large/water cooled thing of the early 2000's was quite a different story.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oooh. Aaah. Looks the same it always has. Mostly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        a good thing maybe yes. but not an exciting-oh-here's-the-2011-model kind of good thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ JMills , it's lower , longer , wider , meaner , hotter , sexier , better than ever ! ...yeah , i got the 911 bug and i'm addicted.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To my eyes, that's a good thing. It's an archetype that was mostly perfected early on. A new shape for newness' sake isn't real Porsche-like!

        But the longer wheelbase is VERY telling: If they're aiming for more space in this one, then they could be finally re-positioning product lines to make the Boxster the real performer. Everyone knows that car is the more natural athlete, only being held back for marketing reasons.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks plenty exciting to me. But I do agree with Paul. I like to lean my driver's seat all the way back against a screaming flat 6. Sweet as syrup on pancakes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks sleeker for some reason, maybe it's all the black.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's definitely a lot sleeker. the new headlights are great as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Three things now, in life that are inevitable: Death, taxes and the 911.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks fantastic, like usual.

      I'm amused with the Audi in the background with the three giant road lights. I want a setup like that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like it retains the hump that makes the 911 cab so ungainly looking. Bleh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe you, 100%. It's truly brilliant piece of engineering. But all that aside , it still looks ungainly with that hump. It's an aesthetic thing. Which is why i never liked the 911 cab.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dude, drive one. It's the only real sports car that offers near-perfect visibility, near-perfect upright seating position and true daily driver ergonomics.

        It's designed this way for a reason.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's an idea Porsche: why not lengthen the wheelbase and move the engine further towards the middle of the car?
        • 4 Years Ago
        imagine Porsche doing that and then saying they did it because some guy gave them that idea. how long do you think it takes before there's an angry crowd with torches and pitchforks in front of that guy's house ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      As much as I think the 911 is the nearest thing we have to automotive perfection, I just cannot get on board with the mirrors. Porsche, please put them back where they belong!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks good, especially that front on shot. Some heritage lines with some old RS spyder cues in there. Having said that, its getting to be too big. I dislike that every car maker has to enlarge each successive version of a model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      as much as i love porsche's and would loved to own one to me it looks a little like an eclipse
      • 4 Years Ago
      For the love of all that's holy, man, Porsche does not make "convertibles" - they make cabriolets.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ McG , Le LOL !
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like the roof has been lowered and is more sleek. The lights also look like they stick up a little more.

      The butt looks the same, but the new lights are sexy like the BMW 7 Series look now with those groovy liney thingies.
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