Porsche's new 911, seen here officially for the first time, will be sleeker, larger, lighter, more powerful, faster, less thirsty and, according to the maker, better to drive.
Known internally as the 991, the new 911 — the sixth truly independent model in an illustrious 48-year history — is set to make its world debut at next month’s Frankfurt motor show prior to going on sale in the UK in December.
The new 911 will initially be sold in rear-wheel drive Carrera and Carrera S coupé guises at £71,449 and £81,242 respectively — increases of £4179 and £5070 over the outgoing models. Cabriolet and four-wheel-drive variants will follow in 2012, and pave the way for a range-topping Turbo packing 523bhp in 2013.
Developed under Porsche design boss Michael Mauer, the visual changes are subtle but effective enough to set the new car apart from its predecessor.
Official dimensions are yet to be revealed, but Zuffenhausen insiders confirm the new car is 56mm longer, 65mm wider and 11mm lower than its predecessor at 4491mm in length, 1873mm in width and 1299mm in height. The wheelbase has been extended by 100mm at 2450mm.
The traditional round headlamps are set on the front of a wider, slightly higher front bumper. The lights have been made bigger and house more complex internal graphics than before, and are complemented by new LED daytime running lamps on the leading edge of a reshaped bumper.
The rear is distinguished by new, thin LED tail-lamps. They sit underneath a prominent lip that forms the trailing edge of the engine lid and wrap further around the rear bumpers than before. Changes to the design of the rear wing, which continues to deploy at 75mph, help reduce lift without any detrimental effect on the low level of drag, according to Porsche.