The Frankfurt Motor Show is just around the corner, starting next month. But as is typical in this age of the internet, the most important launches are usually seen well before then.
Perhaps the biggest launch scheduled for the show has been the next-generation Porsche 911. This is a car everyone has been looking for. New images of the 911 have been leaked out, showing the (modest) styling changes to Porsche’s stalwart.
It – surprise – looks very 911-like! What were you expecting, a radical change? They could have pushed the envelope just a little but, but that was never in the works. We’re glad to see the 911 remain true to form. The front end gets larger headlights housing one projector unit, along with LED lighting.
The front fascia has been redesigned and is larger and more aggressive. Out back the taillights are thinner and wider. Overall, all the details have been modernized, making the 911 look current and up to date. It dates the current car.
If the 911 looks larger, that is because it is – about two inches longer and likely wider as well. Underneath, there is new engines. The base car is powered by a 3.4-liter flat six-cylinder with direct injection. It makes 350 horsepower and 280 pound feet of torque. Top shelf (for now, until the high performance models arrive) Carrera S gets a bump in capacity and power to 3.8-liters and 400 hp.
While the interior pictures show an automatic, Porsche isn’t abandoning the manual – in fact it is bumping it up to more gears than before – 7! Buyers will have the option of the 7-speed manual or the PDK dual-clutch system. A lot of the changes to the 911 are underneath the skin, and new details about specifications will come in abundance once Porsche sends out its press release. Likely, we’ll have to wait until September for that.