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 |  Apr 05 2012, 1:40 PM

Today at the 2012 New York Auto Show, the newest generation Porsche 911 was announced as the World Performance Car of the year for 2012.

The award is decided upon by a panel of 64 automotive journalists originating from 25 different countries. The 911 was competing with 18 other vehicles, and came out on the top of the heap.

The president and CEO of Porsche, Matthias Müller said, “The new 911 received its first award only a short time after it was launched in December 2011. Since then there have been many more. But this internationally important prize is certainly the high-water mark to date.”

The new Porsche 911 is the seventh generation of the classic sports car, and comes loaded with new performance and technology features. 

 |  Mar 18 2012, 2:01 PM

Everyone loves free stuff, especially when it’s a free car. It’s even better when that car is a brand new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera. To kick off the 2012 ALMS season, Falken Tire launched a giveaway on its Facebook page where you simply have to “Like” the company and then compete on a Falken-branded racetrack in CityVille for a chance to win the 911.

The launch of the sweepstakes coincides with the team heading to the ALMS season opener at Sebring Raceway in Florida. Falken Tire will be coming with their 2012 Porsche GT3 RSR in the GT Class with veterans Wolf Henzler and Bryan Sellers behind the wheel. The sweepstakes will send on October 21st, 2012 so head on over to their Facebook page and get to liking and playing!

 |  Sep 25 2011, 9:00 AM

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As automotive technology and innovation continue at breakneck speed, car enthusiasts and traditionalists have been quite outspoken in their opposition against sequential gearboxes and dual clutch systems, arguing that there’s an irreplaceable purity from rowing your own gears.

To the men and women who love to drive, don’t despair. Porsche has been listening. According to Porsche CEO, Matthias Muller, the 911 will offer a manual transmission for as long as it is in demand, which loosely translates to forever. Moreover, an all new, world’s first 7-speed manual was introduced just for the latest Porsche flagship sports car.

The good news doesn’t stop there. Muller also confirms that the 911 GT3 will still be manual as well, denying past allegations of otherwise.

Driving enthusiasts rejoice! Go Porsche!

GALLERY: Porsche 911

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[Source: Motortrend]

 |  Sep 21 2011, 10:30 AM

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It’s more luxurious. It’s bigger. It’s more comfortable. So it’s obviously a watered-down 911… right? Wrong!

Porsche‘s new 2012 911 Carrera S is faster, much faster, than the previous generation car, lapping the Nurburgring in a blistering 7:40 time, a solid 13 seconds ahead of it’s predecessor. OK, so that number’s a bit abstract, so let’s give it a little context. That time is identical to the previous generation GT3, despite the new Carrera S model being down 35-hp on the track-ready GT3 model.

So if there’s a lesson to be learned here, it;s that you should get your hopes up for the next GT3… way up!

GALLERY: 2012 Porsche 911

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[Source: GoAuto]

 

 |  Sep 14 2011, 4:40 AM

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It comes as little surprise that the reveal of an all-new Porsche 911 at the Frankfurt Auto Show proved to be one of the major highlights of the day, despite literally dozens of world premieres. With a new platform, engines and new technology (though in true Porsche fashion, only a slightly different look), the latest 911 delivers increasingly amazing performance. Plus, it even offers much-improved luxury.

GALLERY: 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S

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 |  Sep 05 2011, 12:51 PM

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Teased for many months, Porsche recently revealed the all-new 2012 911 and then showed us just how different the new shape is with a selection of impressive photos. Set to be officially revealed at the Frankfurt Auto Show we now have the first in-the-flesh pics of Porsche’s best-selling sports car from a private showing at the Porsche Museum.

Adding luxury, performance and even fuel economy the new Carrera comes powered by a 3.4-liter flat-six engine with 350-hp, allowing for a 4.4 second 0-60 mph time (4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package). Carrera S models get a 3.8-liter flat-six with 400-hp, good for a 4.1 second 0-60 time (3.9 with the Sport Chrono Package and PDK).

Longer by 3.9-inches, the new 911 also has a shorter overall height.

Fuel saving technologies such as a start/stop system, brake energy regeneration and a world’s first 7-speed manual transmission help improve fuel economy. Also helping are better aerodynamics and a 100 lb weight savings over the outgoing model.

On sale in February, Carrera models will start from $82,100, with Carrera S models priced from $96,400.

GALLERY: 2012 Porsche 911

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 |  Sep 02 2011, 7:59 AM

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While the reveal of an all-new Porsche 911 is certainly huge news in the auto industry, it’s perhaps less thrilling knowing that the car isn’t some dramatic new design, but just a new rendition on the classic lines of the German sports car. Then again, these photos might change your mind.

Porsche has just released a selection of high-gloss pics, highlighting the car’s longer and lower shape, with a more pointed front end. It’s still undeniably a Porsche, but it’s nice to see the German sports car maker has finally loosened the handcuffs on its design department – if only slightly.

The car itself has a lower overall height and is longer than the outgoing 911 by 3.9-inches. New Carrera models get a 3.4-liter flat-six engine with 350-hp, while the Carrera S is powered by a 3.8-liter version with 400-hp. Carrera models are capable of a 4.4 seconds 0-60 time, or 4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package. Carrera S models can hit 60-mph in just 4.1 seconds, dropping that time to 3.9 seconds with an optional Sport Chrono Package.

Priced at $82,100 for the Carrera, Carrera S models start at $96,400. Look for more details from the ar’s official reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month.

GALLERY: 2012 Porsche 911

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 |  Aug 23 2011, 7:50 AM

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Porsche has just revealed official photos and full specifications on the all-new seventh-generation 911, confirming that it will in fact come with a world’s first 7-speed manual transmission. That add-on is, however, just one small aspect of this entirely new model, which grows in size, while adding performance and efficiency, not to mention a more luxurious cabin.

Starting under the hood, the base Carrera gets a new 3.4-liter flat-six engine with 350-hp, while the Carrera S is powered by a 3.8-liter version with 400-hp (up 15-hp). With a PDK 7-speed dual-clutch transmission the Carrera S can hit 60-mph in just 4.1 seconds, dropping that time to 3.9 seconds with an optional Sport Chrono Package. Carrera models are tested at 4.4 seconds, or 4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package.

Thanks to a weight reduction of 100 lbs, improved aerodynamics, as well as fuel saving technologies such as brake energy regeneration, a start/stop function and the ability of the 7-speed PDK transmission to “sail” or coast, Porsche is promising a 16 percent improvement in fuel economy.

Outside the new 911 gets a sleeker appearance thanks to a lowered overall height, not to mention a length that has grown by 3.9-inches. Inside, the 911 seems to have upped the luxury content considerably, with Porsche integrating some of the techniques first seen on the Panamera, while using a design similar to the Carrera GT.

Set to get its official reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September Carrera models will start from $82,100, with the Carrera S priced from $96,400. Cars will arrive in dealers this February.

GALLERY: 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S

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 |  Aug 17 2011, 12:31 PM

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What we have here are the clearest photos of the 2012 Porsche 911 – codenamed 991. The photos certainly look part, and according to the Spanish language site where the appeared, the graphic artist at work simply removed the camouflage and photoshopped the cars into a very Porsche-looking backdrop.

According to previous reports, the 991 will be longer, lighter and more powerful than the 997, with an appropriate boost in fuel efficiency to placate environmental types.

Gallery: 2012 Porsche 911

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 |  Aug 08 2011, 9:45 AM

Eager to know what the next-generation Porsche 911 will look like ahead of its Frankfurt Auto Show unveiling? Wait no longer!

Caught gassing-up in Stuttgart, Germany just over a month ahead of the car’s official reveal, the new shape varies little from the previous model (as expected), although the longer overall size is unmistakable.

Stretching 2.2-inches longer than the current model, the 991 version promises a wheelbase that is longer by 4-inches. The growth of the car has been linked to accommodate a possible hybrid system. The base 911 while come with a 3.4-liter flat-six and 350-hp. The Carrera S will pack a 3.8-liter cranking out 400-hp. And perhaps most exciting of all is the addition of a new 7-speed manual transmission.

Performance numbers will be somewhat similar to the current model, with a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds for the base Carrera topping out at 186 mph. Impressively the 991 will be 12-15 percent more fuel efficient and weigh 55 pounds less. Porsche has stated the the Carrera completed the Nürburgring in 8:04, and the Carrera S in 7:50.

With how relaxed Porsche now is with driving the uncovered cars in public, look for official press pics and info soon – possibly this week.

[Source: SuperForza]

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 |  Jul 19 2011, 7:35 AM

With a planned debut at this Fall’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche has just released some must-watch video of the new 2012 911 undergoing final testing in South Africa.

Previous to this sneak peek, Porsche had released a selection of images, but they didn’t provide near the level of detail as this new video.

When it finally does arrive, look for a car that’s slightly longer than its predecessor with roughly four more inches between the wheels, although just a 2.2-inch increase in length overall. Carrera models are expected to get a 3.4-liter flat-six with 350-hp, while the S model will deliver a larger 3.8-liter engine producing 400-hp. Perhaps the most talked about addition, however, is a 7-speed manual transmission.

Acceleration times will drop slightly, while the new car is expected to post improved fuel economy numbers by as much as 15 percent. Porsche has even boasted the new 911 Carrera can lap the Nurburgring in 8:04, with the Carrera S running the Green Hell in 7:50.

GALLERY: 2012 Porsche 911

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 |  Jul 04 2011, 4:22 PM

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Photos have been released of the Porsche 911 in testing, and the photos seem to have been shot in Africa, a popular destination for many European automakers.

The lead photo in the set was released with a caption stating – “Testing is an essential part in the development of any new Porsche. It is only by taking the cars to the extremes that we can ensure that our performance and quality standards are met. This gallery offers you insight in the testing of prototypes.”

The new Porsche will be a little longer than the last one, by 2.2 inches but 4 inches in the wheelbase. The growth of the car has been linked to accommodate a possible hybrid system. The base 911 while come with a 3.4-liter flat-six and 350-hp. The Carrera S will pack a 3.8-liter cranking out 400-hp, and the Porsche will also receive a seven-speed manual transmission.

Performance numbers will be somewhat similar to the current model, with a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds for the base Carrera topping out at 186 mph. Impressively the 991 will be 12-15 percent more fuel efficient and weigh 55 pounds less. Porsche has stated the the 991 Carrera completed the Nürburgring in 8:04, and the Carrera S in 7:50.

The Porsche 911 will makes it’s official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September.

Gallery: Porsche 911 African Testing

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 |  Jun 01 2011, 6:13 AM

As automatic transmissions have gained gears over the years, the traditional stick shift has remained untouched, its six forward gears (or even just five) providing plenty of fun for the driver, but at the expense of the quick shifting performance of single and dual-clutch automatics.

Leave it to Porsche to chance all that, with Car & Driver now reporting several internal sources at the automaker have confirmed the next-gen 911 will get a 7-speed stick shift.

It’s not clear what gear ratios Porsche is planning to use so this may mean a little more shifting by drivers. Driven not only by an attempt to level the laying field with the company’s own PDK dual-clutch automatic in terms of performance, the extra cog should aid in hitting increasingly strict fuel economy and emissions targets.

The next-generation 911, code named 991, is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September, with a longer wheelbase for added stability, while some rumors have indicated the engine will be moved slightly forward to more of a mid-engine layout.

[Source: Car & Driver]

 |  May 16 2011, 9:48 AM

The next-generation Porsche 911 is set to make a significant departure from past models, including the use of a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) on all models.

The system will be similar in principle to that introduced in Formula 1 cars back in 2009, storing energy from braking and then transmitting that energy as an acceleration force. Unlike those KERS systems, however, the Porsche design uses a mechanical flywheel design rather than a complex system of electronics and heavy batteries.

According to a report by Autoblog, Porsche’s KERS system is suggested to be the reason why the next-gen 911 gains roughly 4-inches in wheelbase, as it will sit between the engine and transmission. Previous reports have suggested the added length will also be used to transform the 911 from a rear-engine car into more of a mid-engine one.

The new Porsche 911 could debut as early as this Fall’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

[Source: Autoblog]

 |  Dec 29 2010, 1:07 PM

Everyone’s favorite sports car is set to get a bit smaller in it’s next generation, as reports claim that the base engine in the 2012 Porsche 911 will move from its current 3.6L to a more compact 3.4L displacement.

With the Boxster Spyder putting out 320 horsepower from a 3.4L motor, a bump to an output of around 340 horses is not unreasonable, while the Carrera S models get a 3.8L mill putting out just under 400 horsepower. Weight will be reduced by 45 pounds, while the wheelbase is set to grow by about half an inch. The 911 will bow at the Frankfurt auto show in September.

[Source: World Car Fans]