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We’ve spied new Porsche 911 as high up the range as the Turbo and we’ve even ridden in a mule with the engineers. But when can you finally see the darn thing without all the black cladding? You can see the darn thing right now.
Okay, so the view of the yellow car is still vaguely distorted by the car version of one of those plastic masks basketball players wear to protect broken noses, but it is at least clear, and between it and the optical illusion at the front of the blue new Porsche 911 (Porsche 991) seen here, you should have a solid idea of how the car’s details look: familiar. Aside from a set of grille openings that now look more akin to those of the Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman and a hood-and-headlight combo that’s a little more serious, there’s not much about the car’s face that’ll upset the traditionalists.
The same goes for the side profile, despite the fact that the new car sits on a wheelbase that’s 4.0 inches longer. The designers, it seems, have paid special attention to preserving the iconic proportions of the Porsche 911. Only one new wheel design is represented among the two cars, but at least it’s a good one. You’ll also notice rear windows with or without the wiper option.
It’s out back where all the controversy will be stirred. The changes might seem mild by typical standards, but as far as 911s go, they are fairly revolutionary. Actually, in the way the decklid now cuts off flush with the top of the taillights, it’s more retro than anything, a reference perhaps back to every model before the 996. Alongside other contemporary designs, however, it’s hard to look past the cut lines having a more hunchbacked Aston Martin look. And those taillights are the sleekest things Porsche has ever made this side of the Porsche 918 Spyder concept, from which they do seem to draw inspiration. We like the updates, but know they’ll take some time to find love in some circles. Plus, we still haven’t seen an uncovered interior. Hopefully soon, our spies will infiltrate even deeper. Or perhaps Porsche could just show the thing officially, already.
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A new Porsche Spy video of the upcoming 2012 New Porsche 911 was shot near Zuffenhausen, Germany recently. From the looks of it, most of the new Porsche 911 is in its production flesh. We are still not sure if this is the ‘real-deal’ as the tail lights look rather deceptive depending on the angle. Take a look for yourself in the independent spy video below.
Watch New Porsche 911 Spy video (Porsche 991)
On the outskirts of Steinegg Germany a new Porsche 911 Cabriolet prototype went up in flames during a routine test drive.
The fire originated in the engine bay on this new Porsche 991 prototype which was specially developed for the Chinese market. According to fire chief commander Klaus Buchinger, “The car has burned like tinder.” The car was completely burnt out within 15 minutes.
According to one speaker, was the new Porsche 911 camouflaged on a test drive with the engine variant, which was developed specifically for the Chinese market.
The next generation new Porsche 911 debuts at the Frankfurt motor show this September, the wraps will be pulled off theMk3 Porsche Boxster at the 2012 Detroit motor show, but there’s a third all-new Porsche on the way too. It’s the second-generation Porsche Cayman, caught by our spies while on test at the Nürburgring; it’ll be on sale in the UK by the end of 2012.
Not quite, as it’s an all-new model – albeit one that shares a lot of DNA with the new Porsche Boxster 981 and new Porsche 911 (Porsche 991). However, Porsche is determined to spread its offerings over a much wider range of market segments, so differentiation is the new name of the game, not standardisation and simplification. Items like bespoke doors will now help you tell the mid-engined cars apart from the rear-engined icon, and Stuttgart’s designers have made further effort to differentiate all three. Inside expect a heavy Porsche Cayenne/Porsche Panamera influence, with a rising transmission tunnel.
Like its forthcoming Mk3 Porsxhe Boxster sibling, the current Cayman’s 2415mm wheelbase will be stretched by 60mm, increasing legroom by 18mm; overall length is up, but the front overhang will be decreased by around 25mm. But despite the increase in size, bigger wheels and tyres (18s rather than 17s will standard on the boggo model, 19s on the S) and extra crash structures, both the standard Cayman and Cayman S will weigh less than their predecessors – reckon on at least a 15kg weight saving for each.
Not until both the Porsche Cayman and Porsche Boxster are facelifted in 2015/2016, and if marketing agrees, the entire range could eventually switch to the new drivetrain. The pair are expected to receive the bigger-bore 2.5-litre twin-turbo flat four, which comes in various power guises up to 355bhp and 347lb ft.; a smaller 1.6 version is reserved for the 356 and its VW and Audi (and potentially Seat) cousins. The first hybridised Porsxhe Cayman (and Boxster) models should also appear in 2016.
In the meantime, the Porsche Cayman sticks with its famed flat sixes. Just as the new Porsche Boxster will gain an extra 10bhp to put it on par with today’s entry level Cayman (and the S will move up to a Cayman R-equaling 315bhp), so the new hardtop car will be subtly boosted to justify the extra Porsche charges over the Boxster. The lighter weight, more efficient engines, honed aerodynamics and new features such as start-stop, extensive thermo-management, recuperation and a new electrically-assisted power-steering add up to an 18% drop in consumption.
And as an aside, the next, next Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman will appear in 2018 and 2019, using a development of the new platform, as the two-generation lifecycle was signed off before VW took charge.
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