We just received a bunch of quite revealing spy shots showing the eagerly awaited next generation Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible with very little camouflage and - for the first time - with its top open. The new cabrio variant of the 911 (991 mark) is expected to debut by the end of the year as a 2013 model, but no official confirmation on the matter has been released by the German carmaker.
In the same fashion, there aren’t many details available as for which kind of engine will equip the new model. However, it is rumored that it will end up being a 3.8-litre horizontally opposed 6-cylinder unit with a tri-turbo setup that should be able to deliver something like 520 hp, and that will be mated to the well known 7-speed PDK dual clutch automatic transmission.
Aesthetically, this set of pics doesn’t say much more about the model than what we were able to see with the last two set of sneaky images we had seen, the ones taken during the car’s winter testing (check them out by clicking here and here), showcasing the new air outlets placed at the sides of the bumper, the two pairs of re-designed mufflers, the mobile rear wing and the new engine cover.
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Here are the latest spy shots showing the new Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible during some cold weather tests near the Artic Circle. This mule uses less camouflage than the one we saw in the previous set of photos, allowing us to see more of the rear end.
The most distinctive features of the new rear end are the air outlets placed at the sides of the bumper, the two pairs of re-designed mufflers, the mobile rear wing and the new engine cover. As for the front end, the cammo is still a little to heavy to figure out what’s new in comparison to the outgoing model.
The new Porsche 991 Turbo will be powered by a 3.8-litre twin turbo boxer engine delivering more than 500 hp, whose power will be delivered to all four wheels through Porsche’s trademark PDK dual clutch transmission.
A new official video starring the new Porsche 911 has been released by the Stuttgart-based manufacturer. The footage is a tribute to the history and tradition of the carmaker as well as an homage to its most famous model, the 911, whose first incarnation appeared as far back as 1963.
The new 911, aka 991 series, has been developed on an entirely new platform, only the third one in the model’s 50 years (almost) of history. The car is 45 kg lighter than its predecessor, with a wheelbase that is 10 cm longer. Its engine range include a 345 hp 3.4-litres unit for the Carrera and 3.8-litre delivering 394 hp. for the the Carrera S, both of which can be mated to either a manual or an automatic PDK dual clutch 7-speed transmission. The new Porsche 911 range is also ‘greener’ than the previous one, boasting a 16% reduction in both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Here’s a new official video starring the Porsche 911 (mark 991) testing at Silverstone’s Experience Centre with Porsche’s Chief Driving Consultant, Mr.Gordon Robertson, behind the steering wheel. In this video, Mr. Robertson gives us an all-comprehensive outlook of the most important features of the new sportscar from the German manufacturer. The video is quite self-explanatory and covers most topics: it surely makes for a nice watch.
Florida-based dealer Champion Porsche has created a very special version of Porsche 911 (mark 997), meant to raise awareness and build support for the military personnel of the US that is about to return home to spend Christmas with their beloved ones. The car has been developed with the cooperation of Florida E.S.G.R. (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) and of the U.S. Department of Defense. Although we have no confirmation on the matter, it seems quite likely that the proceeds coming from the sale of the model will be destined to some charity involved with the U.S Army.
This particular Porsche 911 uses a distinctive camo paint-job that reminds of the outfits used by the American soldiers in desert operations. This choice emphasizes the shiny black (with chrome outline) of its alloy rims, while at the rear we have a spoiler with integrated air inlet and a sporty exhaust system with two mufflers placed in the middle of the rear bumper. In the cabin we have a color-matching theme, with beige upholstery and finishing as well as some black and silver inserts.
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The colleagues from Autoblog.nl have uploaded a video showing the progression of Porsche 911 (991) from standstill to 300 km/h. The test was carried out on a German autobhan and gives us the opportunity to appreciate the work of the ultra fast 7-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission equipping the model. This outstanding gearbox manages to get the most out of the 395 hp produced by the car’s 3.8-litre in-line six engine, proving that the performance figures boasted by the German carmaker are actually within reach.
The footage above shows the spectacular presentation that a South African dealer organized for the launch of the new Porsche 911 at an airport. Unfortunately, we cannot be any more specific than this about the location, but this video got it all: Top Gun soundtrack, jetfighters, a bunch of 911s dancing on a well-thought choreography, epic music and .. well, we wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise, would we? Check it out though, it is quite impressive indeed for a dealer.
UPDATE: Our reader Seb informed us that this is actually the launch of Porsche HQ to Importers and Distributors. We apologize for the mistake.
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Porsche has released a new official video documenting the final testing stage of the 911/991, which was carried out in different and extreme weather conditions across the world. The footage will show you the car driving around in locations as different as South Africa and the North Pole for the last part of a 5-years long development which brought to the birth of the 991.
As you might remember, the outcome of all this work is a new 911 with a wheel base increased by 10 cm, a weight reduced by 45 kg, and a couple of new boxer engines: a 3.4-litre producing 350 hp and a 3.8-litre delivering 400 hp, all of which are available with either manual or PDK dual clutch 7-speed transmissions. Besides, convertible versions of both models have been unveiled just a few weeks ago.
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German tuner Cars & Art presents its own rendition of Porsche 911 Carrera 4S (997 series), renamed Pretty Boy. One of the most striking features of the model is definitely its unusual livery, sporting a white/blue color scheme with carbon fibre roof and some Cars & Art’s decals. The model also uses super-light 20″ alloy wheels - courtesy of OZ Racing - fitted with Dunlop Sport Maxx GT performance tires. The Pretty Boy package is completed by a new exhaust system with flap control, H&R suspension that lowers the car’s original ride height by 35 mm, GT3-3 lip spoiler, front and tail covers and the mandatory red calipers.
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Porsche presents the 911 GT3 RSR, the new 911 sports car for those customers who will compete in Gran Turismo racing next season. The car is based on the 997 version of the GT3 RS and it is likely to represent the end of the line for the racing evolution of this model.
The main distinctive feature in comparison to the 2011 model is the fact that the new car is 48mm wider, but the real novelty is in the revised aerodynamics, now featuring a different air intake on the hood and new openings in the rear side section replacing the air scoop on the engine hood. The engine will remain the classic 4.0 liter 6-cylinder boxer unit, but the power has been increased by 5 hp, bringing it up to 460 hp. The 6 speed manual transmission is operated by paddle shifters.
Porsche 911 GT3 RSR has been built according to the rules and limitations of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, meaning that the car is suitable for racing at the 24hrs of Le Mans, in the FIA World Endurance Championship, in the Le Mans Series and in the International GT Open. The first models will be ready in January and the price will be around the half million Euros.
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