Preview: 2011 Porsche 911

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

According to the latest reports from the German magazine Autobild, it seems that Porsche is currently working on a new 911. The new car will not be just a number change, like the 996 and 997! It appears that we will see a brand new vehicle vehicle that will make its official debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Autobild says that the new model will not bring Targa, Turbo Cabrio, GT2 or Speedster versions although there are chances to see them if the German manufacturer will receive many requests for these type of cars.

Regarding the design of the new car, this will show radically different proportions: the front of the car will be shorter while the rear will be extended with 100 mm, but don't expect too much, because Porsche still wants to keep the legendary shape.

In the first two years we will see just Carrera 2/4 and Carrera 2S/4S versions which will carry the following engines: the standard version will be powered by a 3.4-liter boxer engine capable to deliver 350 hp and a maximum torque of 350 Nm while the S version will carry a 3.8-liter engine which will deliver 400 hp and around 440 Nm of torque. More details to be revealed!

Porsche 911 Carrera is all ready to offer a driving experience that’s a notch higher, especially that it features an entirely revamped suspension with an array of re-developed components. Moreover, the sports car is now endowed with a longer wheelbase as well as a wider front, granting Porsche 911 Carrera more confident tracking and roll stability at cornering and high longitudinal speeds.

Moreover, the new Porsche 911 Carrera is bestowed with a new electro-mechanical power steering system that is not only precise and responsive but is also fuel-efficient and very comfortable. As a matter of fact, this new electro-mechanical power steering system is able to save at least 0.1 liter of fuel per 100 kilometers since power is only needed when steering.

Featured as standard on the Porsche 911 Carrera S is the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) system, which guarantees better stability as well as reduced sensitivity to load changes. PTV, along with the seven-speed manual transmission, comprises a mechanical rear differential lock and variable torque distribution to the rear axle.

Meanwhile, vehicles with Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) feature the advanced version of PTV – the PTV Plus, which comes with the electronically controlled, fully variable, rear differential lock. Both PTV and PTV Plus could enhance the vehicle's agility and steering precision by applying selective braking interventions to the inside rear wheel.

Both PTV and PTV Plus are options for the Porsche 911 Carrera. On the other hand, the new Porsche Carrera S could be specified with the optional active Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), which generously expands its lateral dynamics boundaries.

As an active roll compensation system, PDCC could instantly sense when the vehicle is starting to roll during cornering. By getting rid of most of the roll immediately when detected, the Carrera S becomes more agile even in higher speed, which means better cornering and a more stable load change behavior.

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