• Dec 28, 2010
Next-Generation Porsche 911 – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Porsche 911 is due for an update, and if the rumors kicking around the internet are to be believed, 2012 will bring one of the most significant changes to the sports car in generations. The German automotive magazine Auto Bild is reporting that the next 911 will look a good deal different from the current generation thanks to some serious changes in the vehicle's proportions. The rear-engine coupe is expected to be over 2.2 inches longer and wear a roof line that's nearly half an inch lower than the outgoing design.

In addition, Auto Bild suggests that the engineers at Porsche have cooked up a new 3.4-liter boxer good for 345 horsepower in base configuration. As usual, Carrera S models will wear wider flanks, this time with the flares adding some 2.4 inches. The meaner of the two cars will also pack a 3.8-lilter boxer six that puts out 395 ponies. All told, the base 911 will be able to make the dash to 60 mph in less than 4.8 seconds while the Carrera S should be able to do the same dance in less than 4.5.




[Source: Auto Bild via World Car Fans]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually like the new back design. Something new, but that front needs to change also. I'm tired of seeing the exact same thing all the time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A big beetle, as JC said, no matter how they redesign it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        something tells me it's quicker, more refined and more reliable than whatever VW you have judging by your avatar.
        • 4 Years Ago
        One that would smoke whatever you probably drive
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...and one that'll handily whoop anything south of 150k and not a GT-R. To those who's going to troll about this car having its engine in the wrong place, well so is every other car that does NOT have its engine sitting midship, meaning those mustangs/ultimate driving machines(LOL)/GT-Rs also have their engines in the wrong place.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Quoting Jeremy Clarkson on cars, your opinion is instantly void.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hmm, I wonder how the 5.0 Mustang GT would fare against it. Can't be that much slower.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And JC is big, overweight, uncoordinated, windbag version of a human being. While JC is entertaining, I do not consider him an authority on things automotive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually used to hate how 911's look, and the current one looks like a hunchback to me in some ways, but it looks better and better with each iteration, while still looking the same.

      I don't really get it, maybe it's because it's longer and has a lower roof line, thus leading to better proportions, or maybe not, but whatever it is I think this next one I'd actually consider buying. I never thought I'd say this about a 911, but I think it looks really good.

      I'm sure the 911 fanboys will downrank me for saying so, but I've always admired the performance the 911 achieved, just never would have wanted one because it didn't look quite stunning enough. Now to save up enough money before 2012 comes around..
        • 4 Years Ago
        In the words of Sir Clarkson: "Maybe liking a 911 is an aquired taste that we get naturally as we grow up... like coffee or beer"

        ...lol... but seriously, they will grow on you with time. Something about the 'form follows function' equation will eventually get you, and then you're done-for.
      • 4 Years Ago
      you can see how much masking tape they used to try and make it look different xD
      • 4 Years Ago
      More of the same. 911 designers afraid to alienate the faithful, and so have lost relevance in the current market. Make it longer, wider, heavier and it won't really be a 911 much longer, if it even is now.
      Carlos
      • 4 Years Ago
      By a great deal different you mean not looking that much different but different enough. Hopefully it'll still look like a 911...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Im surprised no longer wheelbase with longer body, and a bigger rear seat/shelf otherwise why bother stretching it? maybe added crumple space for safety regs?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember when they tried to update this thing by changing the headlights from elipses, to something with a funny little leg.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ho-hum
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why even camouflage a 911 prototype? What could they possibly be hiding? Tahh Dahhh!!! We've changed nothing
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still wish they would put the same powerplants in the Cayman, and let the buyers choose which car they prefer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Dr. G:

        Thats what scares me the most... Whenever I hear execs talking about how much more profitable non-sports car models are, I think they fail to recognize that Porsche's brilliant brand image has been 50 years in the making, and the ONLY reason it is having all it's success now is because of the huge investments made in motorsports decades ago. Without racing and sports cars, the brand becomes ho hum.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I want the big engine, but in the Boxster Spyder.
        That is only thing stopping that car from being the perfect car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with you but it scares me to think of the possibility of moving the money off the great 911.

        Imagine if the corporate structure at Porsche changed so much they lose their philosophy. Scary scary scary.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Price it 20k cheaper then the 911turbo to start and they sure would sell a lot of cars....
        • 4 Years Ago
        oops... that last post was @sensor.


        @Dr. Greenthumb:

        Who cares about 50 horsepower? There really is no need for it- the boxster and cayman S are MORE than fast enough. If you want to push the performance envelope, you buy a GT2.

        Keep in mind, the Boxster Spyder and Cayman R are THE fastest track cars porsche builds for the road (other than the GT's). Even a turbo will get smoked unless there is a long enough straight for it to catch up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The 911 is due for an update"? I disagree, why are we so obsessed with a little tweak here and there? This car has evolved to pure beauty, please don't screw it up. You have to love the true DNA in Porsche...

      Love it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. And I sure hope those aren't the real headlights.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the longer profile, gives it a bit more of an 'executive' look to me. More GT-ish.
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