Frankfurt Show 2011 Highlights: 2012 Porsche 911

The all-new Porsche 911 has been officially revealed at the Frankfurt motor show today.

Penned under Porsche design boss Michael Mauer, the latest 911 — codenamed 991 — sticks with the tried and trusted formula of subtle design changes rather than a ground-up rethink. The two launch models will be the Carrera and Carrera S.

At the front, the car gets a cleaner, sleeker new look for the bumper, air intakes and headlights, designed to boost aerodynamic efficiency. New LED detailing inspired by the 918 Spyder concept also features.

On the sides, door mirror housings now sit outboard on the doors rather than in the blanked-off quarter panel at the base of the A-pillar.

The biggest changes are at the rear. There is a sleeker design for the slimmed-down tail-lights. The electrically operated rear wing is reshaped for improved aerodynamic efficiency and to increase downforce above 75mph. Elsewhere, the number of openings in the engine cover has been reduced from five to three.

While the 911’s basic design philosophy remains unchanged, its proportions have been tweaked to improve safety and stability, and to improve interior space, chiefly rear legroom. The wheelbase has been lengthened with the front and rear overhangs reduced to minimise the increase in overall length. At 4491mm long, 1873mm wide and 1299mm high, the new 991 will be 56mm longer, 65mm wider and 11m lower than the 997.

The new model retains the rear-engined layout of every 911 since the original was introduced in 1963, albeit with modifications to the engine mounting points, which have been optimised for improved weight distribution.

Thanks to: Autocar

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