Next 911 model, due in 2012, will be longer and wider; dynamics and aero improved
16 March 2010

This is the next-generation Porsche 911 winter testing - and you can see it in full detail in our spy video and spy pictures.

The 998 model will replace the 997, which itself is just a thorough facelift of the previous 996 model. Construction will be a mix of steel and aluminium, and some components will be shared with the smaller Cayman and Boxster to keep costs down.

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The disguise indicates that styling changes will be kept to a minimum, but Porsche sources have previously told Autocar that almost every panel will be new. The only carry-over parts will be the frameless doors from the cabriolet version.

The disguise at the rear hides a new wing, which draws on active technology seen in the Panamera. It will extend at high speed to boost downforce without impacting on drag.

The new 911 will be slightly longer and wider than the model it replaces. Porsche has made these changes to ensure the 911 meets ever-evolving crash regulations and also to improve both aerodynamics and dynamics.

Tech features will include an integrated torque vectoring system on four-wheel-drive models and a faster-acting limited-slip differential on rear-drive 911s. These spy pictures also indicate that the 911 will get LED front and rear lights as standard.

Engines will be updated versions of the current 911’s 3.6 and 3.8-litre flat sixes. Light-pressure turbocharging is being developed to boost efficiency, but these developments won’t be seen until the 998 receives its facelift in the middle of the next decade.

Sales will start in the summer of 2012.

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27 January 2010

"The new 911 will be slightly longer and wider than the model it replaces."

STOP THAT TREND...

27 January 2010

[quote Autocar]These are the latest spy pictures or Porsche’s next generation 911 in winter testing.
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Can anyone tell the difference between this and the last two 911 variants? I know I can't!

27 January 2010

[quote trocadero]Can anyone tell the difference between this and the last two 911 variants? I know I can't![/quote]

Nope, but they'll tell us that every panel in changed.....

27 January 2010

I'm sure they only put camoflague on them so that we can tell its the new model, i'm not sure you could tell otherwise.

27 January 2010

come meet the new boss, same as the old boss ....

27 January 2010

[quote trocadero]Can anyone tell the difference between this and the last two 911 variants? I know I can't! [/quote]

You can't see the difference between a 996 and it's fried egg headlights and the 997 that replaced it?

27 January 2010

[quote John McToon]

[quote trocadero]Can anyone tell the difference between this and the last two 911 variants? I know I can't! [/quote]

You can't see the difference between a 996 and it's fried egg headlights and the 997 that replaced it?

[/quote]

No offence intended John McToon, but it doesn't take a full redesign to change the headlamps.

27 January 2010

Does Porsche employ a stylist? If so, he's even lazier than me!

JP

27 January 2010

An all-new Porsche 911!! Blimey, only the 3rd ever since the 911 was launched in 1963.......

27 January 2010

Whats new this time,the door handle or the carpet!!!!!!

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