Porsche 911 Carrera (991)

The new longer, lower 911 is claimed to be lighter, faster and more fuel efficient than before. Just as importantly, it will be the first production car to come with a seven-speed manual transmission.


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In brief

After a series of brochure images leaked onto the internet, Porsche has revealed the forthcoming all-new next generation of its 911 sports coupe. Buyers can choose from either an automated dual-clutch transmission, dubbed PDK, or a world's first seven-speed manual. According to Porsche, the new models are up to 45kg lighter than before, thanks primarily to a body made from a mixture of aluminium and steel.

As before there's a six-cylinder boxer engine hanging out the back behind the rear wheels. In the 911 Carrera, a 3.4-litre engine pumps out 257kW of power, allowing the car to go from zero to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds and have a claimed overall consumption rate of 8.2L/100km.

For the Carrera S, engine capacity has been bumped up to 3.8 litres, with power pegged at 294kW. Getting to 100km/h from standstill should take just 4.3 seconds; fuel economy is rated at 8.7L/100km.

For the moment, Porsche isn't saying much about the available equipment in the new 911 range, but from the shots of the new Panamera-style interior we can tell that the car can be specified with cruise control, sat nav, Bluetooth hands-free, automatic engine stop-start, an instrument panel LCD display and dual-zone climate control.

There's also LED head- and tail-lights, an adjustable rear wing, an optional Sport Chrono pack for the Carrera S that shaves 0.2 seconds off the zero to 100km/h time and an active roll stabilisation system. Depending on your taste and budget, wheels up to 20 inches in diameter can be specified.

Outlook

The new 911 range will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with sales in Europe beginning at the end of the year. In Germany prices will begin from €88,038 (AU$121,370).



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