Here it is, folks: the all-new 991 Porsche 911. Like nearly every 911 that came before it, the iconic coupe's design has not changed too much, keeping the line's classic styling and proportions intact. Aside from some new LED running lamps and revised air intakes up front and some thinner taillights out back, the 2012 model is extremely similar to the 997 911 currently out on the road.

The big changes, though, are more than skin-deep. The car is about two inches longer than the current 911, and features revised six-cylinder engines. The base Carrera now uses a 3.4-liter direct-injected flat-six, producing 350 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, while the Carrera S will use a direct-injected 3.8-liter unit, delivering 400 hp. Both engines will be mated to a seven-speed manual (yes, we said it) or PDK dual-clutch transmission, either of which can be had with launch control.

Inside, the 911's cabin uses a design borrowed from the Panamera, with a more pronounced, downward-sloping center console. Like the exterior, nothing radical has been done to the car's innards, and that's just fine with us.

We'll have the official details in the coming weeks in anticipation of the new 911's official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.


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      JohhnyDough
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they do a reflector strip and follow their design philosophy with the 4S on the 991, that will be HOT! Please excuse the poor photochop. http://db.tt/OEeGjFo
      tizzy d
      • 3 Years Ago
      love those taillights
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Me likey, especially the rear end and side profiles. Interior is obviously inspired by the panamera
      superchan7
      • 3 Years Ago
      Front end is a little goofy, but the rest of the car has been updated nicely. Makes me a little more accepting of the 911 shape. For those who think they can get X performance for Y dollars, they are talking about muscle cars and horsepower wars. Muscle cars have ALWAYS had more power and often better accel times than the best sports cars. It doesn't make them real sports cars, although the current Mustang is getting pretty close on a track. Bottom line is pure sports cars cost more to develop and usually offer poorer ROI than mainstream cars with huge engines. Sports cars are fast, but their cred is not based entirely on 1/4 mile times. For American muscle, straight-line acceleration is everything. Want to show off at stoplights, buy American muscle or sports sedan...or buy exotic.
        xcatchmyshadowx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @superchan7
        a 997 with PDK and LC is killing almost everything at stoplights, the TT is even faster than a Koenigsegg from a standing start to 60.
      tkosoccer03
      • 3 Years Ago
      the bottom line is simple... if it aint broke, don't fix it.... there isn't much of the 997 that needs fixing, aside from the near 30 different models to chose from. all we need is 5 or 6 911's....
        NissanGTR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tkosoccer03
        WTF are you talking about they dont change it is because its the cars signature look. Germans always want to improve. Now American automakers on the other hand.......
          tkosoccer03
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NissanGTR
          no ****... that's why i said what i said. the look isn't broke, so don't fix it. that's why there are only nips and tucks here and there, because the look is iconic. you fuckin ass... learn to read.
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Simply stunning! I can't wait to see RS models.
      TokyoRemix
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about we talk about how the 911 STILL looks great? There's no way we were going to be as blown away as we were when the 997 replaced the horrible 996, but I'm pleased with this. And for everyone saying that the Porsche design department is lazy and should do something new, understand one thing: they would be beaten by an angry mob if the 911 changed too much. A fan of the marque might be bored of the styling. A fan of the model won't be. Ever.
      motoramic
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would love to own all the generations of 911's from 911, 930, 964, 993, 996, 997, and now 991!
        tkosoccer03
        • 3 Years Ago
        @motoramic
        the 996 strayed from the family for a few years, but it's still a 911...
      axebmw
      • 3 Years Ago
      Overall, I think it's spectacular. There are just a couple of details that bother me though. First, the LED running lamps seem a bit oddly placed in comparison to the front grills. Second, the model designation script on the back seems a bit cluttered with the bit PORSCHE and then the "911 Carrera S" script right below it. (luckily, Porsche usually offers a model designation delete option -- I would simply keep "PORSCHE" on the back and lose the "911 Carrera S" part)
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks ______ as ever. (Please insert descriptive term) a) Perfect b) Good c) Beetle d) Porsche e) SAME f) Plain g) Ageless h) Changeless i) All of the Above
      htay9500
      • 3 Years Ago
      Officially official?
      Noah
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looking at a lot of the comments from the Porsche haters, I see people comparing the 911 to the GT-R. I have to wonder how many of these people have actually driven the 911. How many of those people have driven the GT-R? How many of these people have actually driven a Nissan product? Seems most of you have NOT test driven these vehicles, and are comparing apples to oranges. They're completely different products, made for a completely different type of buyer. One is JC Penny's, one is Nordstrom. One is BOSS, the other is Georgio Armani. Yes, they both have some great things... but you can't compare them. Both give an entirely different an experience, and cater to an entirely different crowd. Fit, finish, and materials are from entirely different worlds. I find it slightly disturbing how many comments I've seen about how if you buy a Porsche, you're "just buying a badge". Almost as if to say Porsche is slapping their badge on a Ford, or an equivalent pedestrian vehicle. Do you really honestly think all vehicles are basically the same, and what sets them apart is simply a badge? Do you honestly think those with $90k to spend on a vehicle are looking to throw money away for the sake of "just buying a badge"? Do you think people who are able to make these kinds of purchases are... complete idiots? And where do you think the notoriety that makes a "badge" comes from? Or does the thought of people "just buying a badge" help you sleep better at night, as you try to kick the people who can afford these things down a notch? Contrary to most of the ignorant and misguided commentary, if you were actually to go and do some real research... like, actually go and drive these cars you speak of... you'll find that when you spend $90k on a Porsche, you actually do get $90k worth of car. What you're buying isn't simply performance. It's a very svelte, refined, extremely well made, and extremely solid package that other manufacturers in this price range are simply are NOT providing. If all you want is performance, go drop a large turbo into a Honda Civic... and slap a Type-R badge on the back to impress your friends. In a nutshell, what I'm saying is that wealthy people didn't become wealthy by wasting money. They got there by being savvy investors, and spending money wisely. They know value when they see it. I think people should probably give Porsche and their buyers a little more credit.
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