August 23, 2011—In case you didn’t catch the barrage of leaked images that circulated in the virtual world last week, today Porsche officially took the wraps off the 991 version of its iconic sports car. Scheduled to make its worldwide debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in three weeks, the new car is completely redesigned yet unmistakably 911. While some automotive bloggers are already fretting about the lack of dramatic change in external appearance over the 997, others are praising the car’s expression of Porsche’s evolutionary rather than revolutionary design ethos. The 911 remains…..a 911.

The images reveal a sleeker, lower profile, reflecting a wheel base increased by 3.9 inches. The body itself is made of an aluminum-steel composite, weighing 100 pounds less than the body of the 997. Increased structural rigidity and optimized aerodynamics, including a wider, retracting rear spoiler located beneath the rear engine cover, have made it possible for Porsche’s engineers to reduce front and rear lift to near zero while retaining the 0.29 Cd value of the previous model.

The luxe interior takes design cues from the Carrera GT with a rising center console and high-mounted shift lever or gear selector located close to the steering wheel. Traditional 911 five-gauge instrument cluster and ignition key on the left remain.

The engines—a 3.4-liter producing 350 horsepower for the 911 Carrera and a 400 horsepower 3.8-liter unit for the Carrera S—deliver both higher performance and increased efficiency. The Carrera S with PDK does a standing start to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. Using the launch control function of the optional Sport Chrono package cuts that to 3.9 seconds. The 911 Carrera with PDK needs only 4.4 seconds to 60 mph and 4.2 seconds when using launch control. Top speed is 188 mph for the Carrera S, 179 mph for the Carrera. Fuel economy for both engines is significantly improved.

Power can be transmitted through the world’s first seven–speed manual transmission or a PDK system optimized for the 991.

The first 991 models will arrive in U.S. dealerships in February. The base MSRP for the 911 Carrera coupe will be $82,100, while the 911 Carrera S coupe’s base price is $96,400. Porsche indicates that both models will include substantial additional equipment when compared to previous models.





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