The newcomer looks similar to the current model, but it is a completely new model. The 991 model is a little longer and wider than the car it replaces, giving a little extra space in the 911’s snug cabin. Other external tweaks include larger front wing pontoons which house all-LED headlights, slightly deeper side sills and door-mounted wing mirrors. The rear end is significantly more sculpted now, with styling cues borrowed from the 918 Spyder concept.
The new 911 shares its front suspension and steering with the next Boxster in order to reduce costs. However, the rear suspension, and calibrations for the PASM adjustable dampers remains unique. The next 911 will feature a stop/start system with regenerative braking as a standard feature on the model, hence improving fuel-economy and CO2 emissions.
Under the hood, an updated 3.6 liter flat 6-cylinder good for 365 bhp and 400 Nm of torque will be the entry-level power plant. A revised 3.8 liter 6-cylinder will be fitted to the Carrera S model producing 415 bhp and 440 Nm of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox will be standard, and the seven-speed PDK will be an option.
The new 911 will make its debut at next September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, and goes on sale in the UK the following month. More powerful 911 Turbo, GT3 and GT2 models will follow in 2012.