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We'll get to see the next Porsche 911, codenamed 991, during September's Frankfurt Motor Show, and among the things we have already discovered is the possibility of a seven-speed manual transmission. Porsche brought a few folks down to South Africa for rides in some pre-production cars, and Car and Driver has shared some of the tidbits, among which are confirmation of that seven-speed manual in a 400-horsepower Carrera S, as well as a hybrid drivetrain to be fitted in 2016.

The base Carrera will receive 350 hp from a 3.4-liter engine that C/D claims it will share with the Boxster S. That engine would be a drop of 0.2 liters from the current Carrera, but would have five more horsepower than the current car. The S engine stays at 3.8 liters but adds 15 more horses to its output. Both transmissions – PDK dual-clutch and manual – will get launch control, and the 991 range will have electronic parking brakes.

Being a 911, don't expect the overall design to change too much, but the 991 will be 2.5 inches longer and its wheelbase will be stretched by a whopping four inches. Front and rear tracks are also said to be beefier. That could help explain the handling "state of grace" that Inside Line, who was also in South Africa, describes feeling in the passenger seat during some hard driving. The application of electric steering, though, will have everyone wondering if Porsche can maintain its lock on the world's best steering feel. And if you want to know what the interior looks like, head over to TeamSpeed for a couple of shots. Think Panamera. Naturally.


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      cypherxx666xx
      • 3 Years Ago
      2 months till the IAA in Frankfurt and the painful wait for Porschephiles is finally over!
      TokyoRemix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Things to cover: If you gripe about how little the design has been updated, you don't appreciate Porsche development. It makes a big difference over a long time. Look at a 964 and a 997 back to back. Only two "slight" updates in between. I am bugged about the idea of the base Carrera sharing an engine with the Boxster S. It was bad enough they used to share a front end, anything 911 should be exclusively 911 except maybe brakes. The longer and wider track has been done on racing 997s, it's not always a recipe for added weight and poor performance. And the 7th gear never has to be used unless you want to to save gas. Think of it as a 6-speed with a second 6th gear that saves you money. Why is anyone complaining about that? This will be great, I'm counting the days til Frankfurt.
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TokyoRemix
        the current Boxster engine is the old Carrera engine. I'm sure the 3.4l engine will be detuned for the Boxster.
        Jonathan Arena
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TokyoRemix
        the entire front suspension is the same on the current boxster/cayman/911. I would LOVE to drive a 350+hp boxster or cayman...
      • 3 Years Ago
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        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ ronf78155 , go buy a Ferrari then.
        vedi123
        • 3 Years Ago
        it´s probably the most classic and iconic shape ever! no damn reason to ruin it!
          • 3 Years Ago
          @vedi123
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      founerra
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fu*king hell, who wants seven gears on a manual, imagining going up on a hill, (shudders), I will just get an Tiptronic transmission.
      Kghd
      • 3 Years Ago
      I Love Porsches, but am I the only one not feeling it this time? This bulkier rear design is just not hitting me, hopefully its filled with plastics and mule equipment.
        AM2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kghd
        It will probably look better when the camo is off, when you can see the actual cut lines and shapes of the lights.
          Kghd
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AM2
          +1 Maybe so, can't wait the full unveil.
        xcatchmyshadowx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kghd
        wider rear track and wider front track a la 997GT3RS! nothing wrong with that imho!
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kghd
        the car looks good, the only thing i'm afraid of is the electrical steering.
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        cypherxx666xx
        • 3 Years Ago
        maybe this: http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/comment/12/2011/06/970fd79975241b8a505e69189c325deb/original.jpg
        bouljf
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm thinking something similar to their reverse, push down and put it in top right corner (5th). No need for fast shifting into 7th if it's just an overdrive.
        Matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ha, actually I am curious what the pattern is. Is 7 simply way to the right and up, or did they get funky with a "dogleg" 1st?
          IOMTT
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Matt
          I would bet on the up and far right location. I figure Porsche had enough bad experiences back in the late 60's early 70's with blown 917 motors when the best drivers in the world screwed up with the "dogleg" shift pattern in the early 917 transmissions.
        MusicJunkieK1
        • 3 Years Ago
        i smell a br/o/
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      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      OH my...more horsepower, more weight. Time to add a little lightness and drop the horsepower to about 300. Keep the power to weight ration the same as the 400hp pig.
        Jordan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        it's actually dropping weight... don't slam a car when you don't have a clue what you're talking about. http://www.insideline.com/porsche/911/2012/first-ride-2012-porsche-911.html
        TokyoRemix
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Sounds like you want Porsche to be more Lotus as Lotus is being more Lambo. Added length and track doesn't equal added weight in every case. I guarantee Porsche wouldn't be making a change like that on the 911 if it didn't translate to better performance on-track.
        Jonathan Arena
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        If you want a lightweight porsche, buy a cayman or a boxster.
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        ...or the upcoming 550.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey look a beetle
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cars for balding old men that can't get it up anymore.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        So you're going to buy one, then?
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