A quick look at the upcoming Porsche 991 models

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 29, 2011

CAR Magazine in the UK has announced more details about the various Porsche 991 future derivatives. In the coming years, Porsche will be working quickly to launch several models from the 991 generation. As soon as the standard Carrera and Carrera S models arrive at the end of 2011, the 911 Cabriolet will follow and it will come with a stylish soft-top.

Towards the end of 2012, Porsche’s next generation Carrera 4 will arrive, bringing four-wheel-drive to the Carrera and Carrera S models. The C2 and C4 will be offered with a 3.4L engine with 350-bhp and 280 lb-ft of torque.

Meanwhile, the C2S and C4S with a 3.8L could deliver 400-bhp and 325 lb-ft of torque. The new 911 Turbo will arrive by 2013 with a 3.8L, 520-bhp power plant. After the standard 911 Turbo is released, a soft-top variant will follow in 2014. A new GT3 model, with a high-revving naturally aspirated flat-six engine, will arrive in 2013.

Targa and Speedster versions of the 991-generation 911 are expected to come out in late 2013 or early 2014. It is rumored that Porsche’s product planning department wants the MkII targa to come back.

This came with a folding removable top and a heated glass backlight. A confirmation of the Speedster variant hasn’t been give yet but it’s believed that Porsche will build a Speedster based on the 991 Cabriolet. In addition, Porsche is also working on a 911 hybrid, riding on the success of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid.

The evolution of the style that is in the Porsche 911 Carrera is obvious no matter where one looks. On the front, it is now wider and has been redesigned along with the headlights. Air intakes placed on its side has been made larger. For the rear, there is a variably extending spoiler and it is wider compared to the previous model. This highlights the new model’s better power output. Going to the side, the alloy wheels are larger as well and also have a new style.

Its windscreen follows a more convex shape ensuring that it has livelier and coupe-like qualities. All of these plus other features whose aerodynamics has been optimized allow the new 911 Carrera to have a lower lift while maintaining good cd value. Rounding up all these are the redesigned rear lights which are narrower and utilize LED technology. One unique feature in the 911 Carrera is that it comes equipped with the manual 7-speed transmission.

This is the first time a feature like this has been fitted in a passenger car. This transmission is based on the module of the company’s very own 7-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, which is typically offered as an option. Since the first six gears have a close ratio, the driver is able to experience excellent acceleration capability. The quasi overdrive characteristics of its seventh gear allow for added range of its fuel economy.

There is also the Porsche Intelligent Performance, which guarantees that the 911 Carrera is able to bring in new benchmarks. The use of aluminum steel on the advanced body ensures that it is lightweight and when paired with a wide range of new functions and new components, gives a perfect mix of driving dynamics and efficiency. Due to the innovative technologies fitted inside the 911 Carrera, Porsche made sure that both proportions and design were able to complement this.

Its wheelbase therefore in now longer by 3.94 inches (100 millimeters) compared to the previous generation. The body meanwhile is longer by 2.20 inches (56 millimeters) though the overhang in the front is shorter by 1.26 inches (32 millimeters) with the rear over shorter as well by 0.47 inch (12 millimeters). In terms of overall length, the new 911 Carrera is 176.81 inches (4.5 meters) long and 71.18 inches (1.8 meters) wide.

This makes this model the most compact in its segment. Compared to the previous model, the roof line of the new 911 Carrera is lower by 7 millimeters. When compared to the Carrera S, it is still lower, by 6 millimeters. Its maximum headroom though is almost the same. For the variant with the sunroof, headroom is higher by as much as 15 millimeters. This sun roof in particular is unique as it is the first time it will have a tilt/electric slide type.

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