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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.
Watch the video after the jump:
Despite tremendous advances in automatic transmissions over the past decade, many driving enthusiasts still prefer a traditional stick shift and clutch. A testament to just how tightly the less-than-silent minority of three-pedal drivers is, came when BMW tried to drop the 6-speed manual from the previous generation M5. The uproar was so significant that eventually BMW execs and product planners changed their minds, offering a 6-speed manual with the warning that it will be slower than the SMG.
Advances like the dual-clutch transmission have led to faster shift times than a manual, while 7-speed and 8-speed auto-boxes, not to mention a rumored 9-speed unit by Mercedes-Benz and an upcoming 10-speed transmission by Hyundai mean that there’s no longer a fuel efficiency reason to choose a stick shift either.
Porsche may look to extend an olive branch to traditionalists with the launch of the next generation 911. According to a report by Road & Track, the German sports car maker may look to offer a 7-speed manual transmission, in addition to its 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic. The extra gear should help the stick-shift tranny keep up with the PDK, both in terms of acceleration and fuel economy.
Other details about the next 911 include a 3.4-liter flat-six in the base Carrera, with the Carrera S possibly getting a 3.8L with as much as 400-hp. Also look for a lighter curb weight and a wheelbase that’s a total of 4-inches longer.