Porsche’s Newest 911
48 years since the 911 Carrera’s debut, Porsche’s new 911 Carrera, codenamed 991, is ready to go for its world premiere at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show.
Now a few kilograms lighter, with a longer wheelbase, reduced height, and wider front track; this new 911 has the design pedigree to handle like a true driver’s car. It has more grunt under the bonnet as well, with the Carrera S’ 3.8-litre boxer developing 400hp and the standard Carrera’s 3.4 putting out 350hp. In a boon for leaves everywhere, all configurations will see a boost to fuel and emissions efficiency, despite the increase in power.
The 400 horses powering the Carrera S will take it from a standing start to 100 kilometers an hour in 4.3 seconds. It’ll do it in 4.1 if you opt for the Sport Chrono package that provides a few extra go faster buttons to play with.
Aesthetically the 991’s off to a good start. Agressive, purposeful, and sleek; it maintains the visual language that makes 911s so special, and gives it a modern appeal.
The 991 looks to take serious design queues from the 997, which says a great deal for the success and long-term appeal of what has rapidly become one of the most desirable of the modern Porsches. Even with the new kid getting ready to move in, the 997 is looking as good as ever!
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