AutoGuide News Blog
The AutoGuide News Blog is your source for breaking stories from the auto industry. Delivering news immediately, the AutoGuide Blog is constantly updated with the latest information, photos and video from manufacturers, auto shows, the aftermarket and professional racing.
There was a time, not so long ago, when Porsche decided they didn’t need to participate at the North American International Auto Show because Detroit, Michigan wasn’t the right demographic market for their products.
Oh, how times have changed. Not only has Porsche returned to the venue, but they are staging a World Premiere of one of their most important models, the latest 911 Cabrio (991 Coupe pictured above).
Those who will be in Detroit (that includes us) will be the first to lay eyes on the drop-top version of the 991-generation model Cabriolet.
Bernhard Maier, a Porsche AG board of management member for sales and marketing said; “The USA is and remains an important market for Porsche with good growth prospects. Detroit was deliberately chosen for the world premiere of the new 911 Cabrio because the USA is far and away our largest 911 Cabrio market.”
The latest generation of 911 will go on sale on our turf next month, with the Cabrio following a few months later. So if you’re rich and you know it, you now know when to visit your local area Porsche dealer.
We were blessed to see the new Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S released at the LA Auto Show, and the 911 Cabrio will be introduced at the upcoming Detroit Motor Show next January. Porsche has decided to release pricing ahead of its debut for the Netherlands market, which gives us a general idea of what to expect.
It’s worth mentioning that the Dutch pay hefty taxes on their vehicles – a regular 19-percent tax and an additional luxury tax called BPM. So with that in mind, reports are coming in that the 991 Cabriolet Carrera will start at an astonishing $176,970 based on today’s conversion rates. The seven-speed PDK is listed for $177,440 while the convertible Carrera S starts at $203,300.
Removing the BPM tax from the equation, the Cabriolet should start at around $137,935 in Germany. We’re going to assume North American prices will be less but the Europeans will clearly be paying a premium to enjoy an open-top 911.
[Source: GT Spirit]
The base Carrera comes with a 3.4-liter flat-6 engine with 350-hp, good for 4.4 second 0-60 mph time (4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package). Carrera S models get a 3.8-liter version of the same motor with 400-hp, taking 4.1 seconds to hit 60 mph (3.9 with the Sport Chrono Package and PDK gearbox).
The new 991 is 100 lbs lighter, while a 7-speed manual gearbox (the first ever on a production car) helps improve fuel efficiency. A Carrera will set you back $82,100 for a base model, with Carrera S models priced starting at $96,400.
Gallery: 2012 Porsche 911
There is plenty of buzz surrounding Porsche‘s upcoming 991-generation 911 models and CAR Magazine out in the United Kingdom has revealed some more details on various 991 future derivatives. There aren’t any overwhelming surprises with the upcoming model announcements, but it’s clear that Porsche will be moving swiftly to launch several models out of their 991 generation in the upcoming years.
Once the standard Carrera and Carrera S models arrive at the end of this year, we’re expected to see the 911 Cabriolet next featuring a stylish soft-top. The end of 2012 should bring Porsche’s next generation Carrera 4, bringing four-wheel-drive to the Carrera and Carrera S models. It’s believed that the C2 and C4 will feature a 3.4L engine with 350-bhp and 280 lb-ft of torque, while the C2S and C4S will pack 400-bhp and 325 lb-ft of torque from a 3.8L.
By 2013, the new 911 Turbo will arrive, featuring a fun-filled 3.8L, 520-bhp power plant. The standard 911 Turbo should be followed up by a soft-top variant in 2014. 2013 should also bring a new GT3 model, featuring a high-revving naturally aspirated flat-six engine.
Way down the road in late 2013 or early 2014 will be Targa and Speedster versions of the 991-generation 911. Rumor has it that Porsche’s product planning department looks to bring back the MkII targa, which featured a folding removable top and a heated glass backlight. Though the Speedster variant hasn’t been confirmed yet, it wouldn’t surprise any of us to see Porsche create a Speedster based on the 991 Cabriolet.
Last but not least, a 911 hybrid should be in the works as well, thanks to Porsche’s success with their 911 GT3 R Hybrid. We’ll stay tuned for upcoming, official releases from Porsche – but for now, we have plenty to look forward to with the new 991 generation.
[Source: Car Magazine]
GALLERY: Porsche 991 Generation 911s
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
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
There are a few guarantees when it comes to a new Porsche. For one, you can guarantee that it will feature the highest technological advancements that focused German engineering can achieve, all measured by Nürburging lap-slaying metrics.
And you can also guarantee that Porsche will evolve its 911 as slowly as actual evolution, slavishly keeping to tradition: its flat-six engine will be imprisoned behind the rear wheels and that it will look exactly the same as the last one. Because if it didn’t, imagine the wrath of legions of Porsche fans. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria! However, the specs recently released on the next 911—known internally and to enthusiasts as the 991—should appease the masses.
The new Porsche will be slightly longer than the last one, by 2.2 inches but 4 inches in wheelbase. Sources with Porsche’s engineering team believe this is to accommodate a possible hybrid system. But for now, the venerable flat-six gets direct injection and a 3.4-liter, 350 horsepower engine in the base Carrera that’s shared with the Boxster, while the Carrera S gets 3.8 liters and 400 horsepower. The manual transmission gains a cog to 7, and the doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK, in less Germanic terms) will also have the same number of gears.
Performance will be similar to that of the current model, with a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds for the base Carrera and a top speed of 186mph. But what’s more, the 991 will be 12-15% more fuel efficient, and lighter by 55 pounds—so those times may be even more forgiving. According to Porsche, the 991 Carrera ran the Nürburgring in 8:04, and the Carrera S 7:50. Those figures will be the source of much contentious debate when the next 911 debuts in September, though hopefully without ghostly or otherworldly implications.
Look for the 2012 Porsche 911 to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September.
[Source: Car & Driver via TeamSpeed]
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.