The new 991-generation of the Porsche 911 is now upon us, with the Carrera and Carrera S coupes unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. So what do you think? Because love it or hate it, it'll be around for a while; 14 years, if the latest reports prove accurate.

According to Car, the new 911 will be around for two seven-year product lifecycles. And over the course of its life, you can bet that it'll spawn as many derivatives as the model it replaces.

First down the pipeline will reportedly be the Cabriolet, expected to arrive in both regular (3.4-liter 350-horsepower flat-six) and S (3.8-liter/400hp) versions in 2012 with semi-rigid folding panels under a new type of fabric that will look like an ordinary convertible but offer more solidity once up and folding beneath a hard boot instead of a fabric tonneau cover.

Towards the end of next year, we're to expect the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, followed by the 520-horsepower twin-spool 911 Turbo in 2013 and Turbo Cabrio in 2014, with the enthusiast's favorite 911 GT3 also arriving in 2013. The 911 Targa is tipped to go back in late 2013 or early 2014 from its sliding glass roof to a more conventional removable panel, with Speedster and hybrid versions also under consideration.

Porsche is also said to be developing a new generation of smaller-displacement turbo sixes to fit into the 911 in place of the ever-growing unit that has ballooned to as much as a four full liters in the GT3 RS 4.0. How Zuffenhausen will then differentiate the 911 Turbo when they've all got spools remains to be seen, but we'll reportedly have until 2015 to find out.


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      tadpoliosis
      • 3 Years Ago
      So if every 911 will now be a turbo, what will become of the 911 Turbo/Turbo S?
        Mike B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tadpoliosis
        911 Carrera Turbo and 911 Turbo Turbo :D
      me
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does AB realize the "ever-growing unit" that is 4.0 liters in the GT3 RS 4.0 is not the same engine (at all) as in the current normal 911, 911 S/4S, 911 GTS, and 911 Turbo / Turbo S?
      nikescar
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Love it hate it" Love it = you like the 911 Hate it = you don't like the 911 *Obviousness Alert* The 911 has changed very slowly on the exterior over the years. http://www.notcot.com/images/2010/04/911evolution.jpg
        Sukairain
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nikescar
        I say it's better a product elicit either emotion from you, then a product that simply makes you go "Meh~" Camry is about as bland as they come, if Porsche doesn't get their acts together, sooner or later even the purist will get sick of the same-old styling. Can you imagine what a 2025 Ferrari, Mercedes, Audi, GT-R or even Honda will look like? Can you imagine a 2025 Porsche 911 looking like the picture above? Antique~
          lewazzinaroillus
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          personally,...one of the things that i find very "cool" about the 911 is the very fact that it DOESN'T change it's shape every couple a years,...they have argueably the most recognized auto shape in car history,...why would they want to ruin that?,...plus, actual porschephiles love the car and all it's idiosyncrisies,[ the best description i ever heard was"ass-engined nazi sled!"],...it's a quirky fast car,...not cookie-cutter mold that they change every few years,...that's one of the thing i love about it!
      Clipper44
      • 3 Years Ago
      The design of the current 91's are relevant today, just as they've been relevant for decades. I don't look at a 911 and think it's stale, I look at it and want to drive it! Year in and year out a 911 (in whatever variant) is always among the best car you can buy for the money. Kudos to Porsche.
      car.savant
      • 3 Years Ago
      the 996/997 ran for almost 13 years, 1998-2011. what's the big deal?
      SteveM
      • 3 Years Ago
      In a "Dowsized Turbo Engine" is the specific output tied directly to the performance of the US Stock Exchange?
      swede_speed
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche is so active with its model lineup lately and its been working so well for them. Why would they allow their icon, the 911, to get dated and beat up upon by other makers? Not going to happen.
      Kiiks
      • 3 Years Ago
      More importantly, when is the RSR coming out? All the other big players in GT2 have newer platforms.
      rodzronn
      • 3 Years Ago
      C'mon the 911 will be around forever!
      tkosoccer03
      • 3 Years Ago
      all i can say is, LOL!!! if you're sick of the 997 and it's near 30 DIFFERENT iterations, wait 10 more years... i'll bet you will condemn the 991.. seriously, porshce.. WTF... i hope this is a false report, because that is absurd, to say the least... if i was in the market for a porshce, I wouldn't even consider a 991.. i would go for a 993, something more rare and exclusive. i feel like the 911 is becoming the corvette...
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tkosoccer03
        "i feel like the 911 is becoming the corvette..." Ummm, is that a bad thing?
          tkosoccer03
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          uh ya... the 911 is the most iconic car of all time... if it becomes like the corvette in its gillion year life cycles, then it's not a 911..
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tkosoccer03
        @ tkosoccer03 , but you're not in the market for a 911, why not let the ones who are choose what they want.
        jonnybimmer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tkosoccer03
        "i feel like the 911 is becoming the corvette..." 40 years in the process and now you notice this? What's next, "It feel's like the Mustang's been around forever"? "Rare" and "exclusive" are some of the arrogant reasons for a person to ever want a car. Want the car because you want THE CAR, not because others can't get it.
      Darz
      • 3 Years Ago
      i cannot understand why people are still passionate about the looks of the 911...it just doesnt look exciting anymore as we have seen the same shape over and over and over. its a icon yes, but for god sake add some variety to the lineup instead of thousand of 911s. If i had the money to buy a expensive sportscar i would like some exclusivity, and for people to know for sure i am driving a NEW porsche, not get confused on whether its the one before. Also its not even a perfect evolution, looks odd with those front lower LEDs and the longer rear end and strange slim tail lights. But then again its all a matter of oppinion i guess....
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Darz
        I still think they look great personally. The car has had the same basic design forever why drastically change it now? Personally I think owning a Porsche in general would have some exclusivity. People aren't going to care that you own a 2006 or a 2012. If you need the HEY LOOK AT ME! type of car buy a Lamborghini or something more flashy. Personally the 1996ish Turbo is still one of my fav cars of all time and usually turns my head more than seeing a new one does.
        AnthonyL
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Darz
        i could care less what other people think. i love the nostalgia of the 911
          Gorgenapper
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AnthonyL
          If you could care less, then you still have some care left, meaning you still care.
      Apex
      • 3 Years Ago
      As Jeremy Clarkson says "Porsche Designers are the laziest in the industry". I agree.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Apex
        But thankfully their engineers are not as lethargic, and the guy who penned the very first 911 didn't screw up.
          SloopJohnB
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          I could agree with that. Much as I loved the first 356C I drove, it was a squirrelly little beast prone to throttle off snap oversteer...I learned quickly to keep my foot in it. Which fortunately wasn't hard because it had to be spun hard to go....
          Apex
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          You mean the Beetle?
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