Full spec and tech details on Porsche's all-new 911, which is due to reach the UK in October 2011

Porsche will launch an all-new 911 next year, a car that will be thoroughly re-engineered in the face of increased supercar competition, while also featuring refreshed exterior styling and a much higher quality interior. Here, Autocar looks at the tech behind the new 911, codenamed 991.

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Layout

The new model retains the classic rear-engined layout of the 997 and every other 911 since the original was introduced way back in 1963, albeit with modifications to the engine mounting points, which have been optimised for improved weight distribution.

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As with today’s 911, the front-end structure, complete with its MacPherson strut suspension, has been designed to be shared with the Boxster, a third-generation model of which is due to reach the UK in March 2012. The rear end, with its reworked multi-link suspension, remains largely unique, and the steering uses an electro-mechanical set-up.

Body and weight

The next 911 retains a predominantly steel platform structure and a body constructed from a combination of steel, aluminium and plastic composites. A series of weight optimisation measures has pared kerb weight by around 45kg in base trim, bringing the new 911 Carrera down to around 1370kg.

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The new car is marginally longer and wider than the existing 911 but the basic silhouette, while stretched slightly, remains largely unchanged, including the screen angles and length of the front and rear overhangs. The biggest change is the widened wings, which have been designed to accept wheels up to 20 inches in diameter.

Detailing

Porsche Weissach-based designers, under the leadership of Michael Mauer, have reinterpreted the detailing, although again there are no major changes. Headlamps and tail-lights have been altered slightly and given new LED graphics, while the exterior mirror housings now sit outboard on the doors rather than in the blanked-off quarter panel at the base of the A-pillar.

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The electrically operated rear wing has been reshaped for added aerodynamic efficiency and greater downforce at speeds above 75mph. Further active aerodynamic measures within the front air ducts may appear on the new 911 Turbo, due out in 2013.

Cabriolet

Cabriolet versions of the next 911, due to reach UK showrooms in May 2012, will feature a fabric hood that operates on the go at speeds of up to 37mph and can also be activated from outside the car via the key fob.

As with the existing model, the roof structure stows under a plastic-composite tonneau cover to preserve the car’s lines. The interior is a big departure, with new mounting points for the dashboard and seats to provide incremental improvements in front and rear accommodation, helped by a longer wheelbase and slightly widened tracks.

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While retaining traditional elements, such as the five-dial instrument binnacle, the cabin draws heavily on that of the Panamera and current Cayenne in terms of design and features. Boot capacity improves on the existing 911 at 140 litres — all concentrated under the new car’s reworked bonnet, ahead of its standard 68-litre fuel tank.

Engines

The engine line-up is based around upgraded versions of Porsche’s six-cylinder, direct injection petrol unit, boasting incremental increases in power and torque and slight reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

When UK sales get under way in 14 months’ time there will be a 3.6-litre engine with 365bhp and 295lb ft in the Carrera. It will be joined from the outset by a revised 3.8-litre powerplant delivering 415bhp and 325lb ft in the Carrera S.

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Both engines will come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard; the seven-speed PDK (Porsche Doppel Kupplung) unit is an option, with shift paddles behind the wheel. Automatic stop-start and a brake recuperation system are also planned, helping to provide a claimed 12 per cent gain in city driving economy for the rear-drive Carrera and Carrera S.

The Carrera S will also receive a standard electronically controlled differential and, in the four-wheel-drive Carrera 4S planned for October 2012, an electronic torque-vectoring device to complement the existing model’s long list of driving aids. Further variants will follow in time, including more powerful versions of the Turbo, GT3 and GT2.

Hybrid

Porsche is tight lipped about a petrol-electric 911. “We’ve already got a Cayenne hybrid and we are working on a similar solution for the Panamera. However, the 911 is a totally different proposition in terms of performance, weight and packaging,” said an insider, hinting such a model is still some way off.

Despite further studies into electric versions of the 911, Porsche sources suggest they will not be offered for sale to customers. “We are investigating pure electric drive systems but no decisions have been made on their production future,” said our source.

Greg Kable

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12 August 2010

Allow me to predict the development of the inevitable comments to come: 'Looks just like it has for 50 years' etc etc etc.

12 August 2010

Not sure why anyone bothers to buy the Autocar magazine. Most main features in the mag usually appears here on this site the next day, and sometimes on the day of publication!

12 August 2010

[quote garryv12]Not sure why anyone bothers to buy the Autocar magazine. Most main features in the mag usually appears here on this site the next day, and sometimes on the day of publication![/quote]

I wonder that sometimes, half the stuff I'll read then realise half way through I read it the previous week online....then I remember that my work pays for my subscription and I don't mind quite so much!


12 August 2010

[quote garryv12]

Not sure why anyone bothers to buy the Autocar magazine. Most main features in the mag usually appears here on this site the next day, and sometimes on the day of publication!

[/quote]

True, but some articles, especially the road tests, appear to go into greater depth in the magazine.

And there are no trolls in the magazine either.


13 August 2010

[quote Autocar]while also featuring refreshed exterior styling [/quote]

Oooh, exciting times I see from the new photos! (tongue almost penetrating cheek to reach fresh air).

Sorry, Porsche's have never really appealed and the 911 is the supercar which I notice the least and doesn't have a lot of "wow" factor when one goes past.

I know they're not going to suddenly scrap the design but please, boring boring boring.

I'd take the Jag or Aston or a used Gallardo over one anyday. Or perhaps even a GTR and save a wedge!

13 August 2010

From the text of the article, it can hardly be described as "all-new", can it?

13 August 2010

[quote Addy Go Fast]

[quote Autocar]while also featuring refreshed exterior styling [/quote]

Oooh, exciting times I see from the new photos! (tongue almost penetrating cheek to reach fresh air).

Sorry, Porsche's have never really appealed and the 911 is the supercar which I notice the least and doesn't have a lot of "wow" factor when one goes past.

I know they're not going to suddenly scrap the design but please, boring boring boring.

I'd take the Jag or Aston or a used Gallardo over one anyday. Or perhaps even a GTR and save a wedge!

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Here we go! Another die-hard Porsche hater!

So Aston styling radically change then every model year?

You probably can't even afford a Nissan GTR if you talk about saving at this level!

13 August 2010

[quote herbie911]

Here we go! Another die-hard Porsche hater!

So Aston styling radically change then every model year?

You probably can't even afford a Nissan GTR if you talk about saving at this level!

[/quote]

Good one Herbie911 (I wonder if you like Porsche's) for making assumptions about me.

I never actually said I hate Porsche, I said I was bored of the same old design etc. There's a marked difference between the two.

I also didn't say Aston had radical style updates either - I simply said that I would rather have the Jag, Aston or a used Gallardo - that's not a comment based on design evolution, it's just I'd simply rather have them when all is said and done.

Hmm, my finances aren't really your concern are they, and I am not going to start bickering tit for tat.

I am guessing you have a Porsche based on your defensiveness to my comment and you sound like a bit of a bragger ("you can't even afford etc..."). With this attitude I am afraid you are really fitting the dated image of the Porsche driver from years ago. You and the make are a match made in heaven!

13 August 2010

[quote Addy Go Fast]

[quote herbie911]

Here we go! Another die-hard Porsche hater!

So Aston styling radically change then every model year?

You probably can't even afford a Nissan GTR if you talk about saving at this level!

[/quote]

Good one Herbie911 (I wonder if you like Porsche's) for making assumptions about me.

I never actually said I hate Porsche, I said I was bored of the same old design etc. There's a marked difference between the two.

I also didn't say Aston had radical style updates either - I simply said that I would rather have the Jag, Aston or a used Gallardo - that's not a comment based on design evolution, it's just I'd simply rather have them when all is said and done.

Hmm, my finances aren't really your concern are they, and I am not going to start bickering tit for tat.

I am guessing you have a Porsche based on your defensiveness to my comment and you sound like a bit of a bragger ("you can't even afford etc..."). With this attitude I am afraid you are really fitting the dated image of the Porsche driver from years ago. You and the make are a match made in heaven!

[/quote]

What car I own is none of your concern. Unfortunately I don't fit into your typical porsche owner profile of yesterday years.

Braggers buy 'Look at me cars' like Aston, R8, Lambo to shout their wealth in the weekend

People with class buy Jaguar, Merc SL and Porsche to keep a low profile and enjoy their driving to work everyday!

13 August 2010

[quote herbie911]

What car I own is none of your concern. Unfortunately I don't fit into your typical porsche owner profile of yesterday years.

[/quote]

Ford Orion EFI with a Peco twin bore exhaust, I knew it!!

All I'll say to the jibing at each other is, it's not nice is it? I didn't want to start the bitchiness but wasn't expecting you to have a quip about what I could and couldn't afford to buy, so round and round we go!

Let's just agree to disagree on Porsche and that we won't dig into each other!

And in seriousness, I agree with you with the Aston & R8. I know the footballers may have the Gallardo too but Ferrari still says bigger poser with the two compared. I like the Gallardo as I like Lamborghini but the R8 is something altogether different with how it's perceived by people like you and I. I can't stand Audi at the moment and can't understand why droves and droves of fashion conscious only (well I guess those last three words are the answer really) people are spending such large sums of money on these cars. If they were the last word in driving satisfaction then fine, no problem. But with Audi these days, it's all about style. The Aston is a footballers car you're right. I know someone with the DBS and as nice as it may be to look at, you do just think "that's getting on for £200k in a tarty DB9. You are an idiot with too much cash".

I know what you're saying with regards to low profile cars - I have grown up with Jags all my life and you are spot on! I know you're right that the Porsche more fits into this category rather than "in your face, look at me, look at me". I'm sorry pal but I can't help it if I'd have the Jag over it! Much the same as you'd probably have it vice versa!

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