2012 Porsche 911 (991) will offer a seven-speed manual transmission

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 1, 2011

Corporate sources have confirmed that a seven-speed manual will be offered in the next-generation Porsche 911. There have been several automatics that have seven and eight forward ratios. In addition, ZF has said that it has a nine-speed auto. But for some time, the maximum for traditional clutch-and-lever manual transmissions has been six.

It’s believed that there will be a tall, seventh gear that offers high efficiency and less engine noise during lengthy trips.

Its shifting procedure is believed to be the same as that of the current six-speed manual. But depending on the ratio spread, veteran Porsche drivers may have to make compromises when it comes to gear choice for upcoming corners. It’s unlikely that there will anyone who will get confused during hard driving unless the shift pattern gets very erratic.

Seventh is not likely to be used by anyone for making a corner exit. Meanwhile, the next 911 officially has the internal 991 designation.

It is scheduled to debut this September at the Frankfurt auto show. It is based on the 996/997’s stretched architecture. It has more rear space and it has an interior that’s more luxurious and comfortable. Its wheelbase will be longer, making the vehicle more stable.

But future generations of the 911 are expected to have many parts that are shared with the next-gen Audi R8 and Lamborghini Gallardo as part of the VW Group’s Modularer Sportbaukasten, or “modular sports architecture.”

The 911 is expected to retain its rear-engine layout if this platform convergence occurs. However, the powerplant may still be moved forward considerably.

The latest generation of the Porsche 911 Carrera is set to surprise everyone with how it has evolved compared to its predecessor. With its classic design and proportions evolving accordingly with developments in its body, drivetrain, suspension and technology, the new-generation Porsche 911 Carrera has nearly 90 percent of its components redesigned or redeveloped.

Sitting on a wheelbase that is around 100 mm (3.94 inch) longer than that of the previous model, the lightweight body of the new Porsche Carrera is around 56 mm (2.20 inch) longer at 4.5 meters (176.81 inch). Its width is pegged at 1.8 meters (71.18 inch) max. Its overhangs are now also shorter than those of its predecessor – by around 32 mm (1.26 inches) at the front and by 12 mm (0.47 inch) at the rear.

Moreover, the new compact sport car has a roof line that is around 7 mm lower than that of the predecessor (6 mm for the Carrera S). While the maximum headroom remains the same, it could be increased by 15 mm if customers specify a sunroof, which is now operated electrically. Appearance-wise, the new Porsche 911 Carrera boasts new styling, larger alloy wheels and the more convex windscreen as well a revised, wider front with new headlights and larger side air intakes.

At the rear, the new Porsche 911 Carrera boasts of a wider and variably extending spoiler that highlights the coupe’s increased power output. This wider rear spoiler does not only contribute to the aerodynamic performance of the new Porsche 911 Carrera as it ensures a lower lift and a satisfying coefficient of drag.

The rear end of the coupe is accentuated by redesigned, narrower LED lights. Aside from its more efficient drivetrain and new suspension systems, it is offering an improved Porsche Intelligent Performance – combining an aluminum-steel lightweight body with an array of new components and functions.

The advantages of this Porsche Intelligent Performance are shown in the 911 Carrera’s better driving dynamics and greater everyday practicality with 16 percent lower fuel consumption and emissions.

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