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BAHN-STORMA

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2,698 posts

92 months

Dr S

3,468 posts

128 months

Tuesday 25th November 2008
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Given that Porsche did some steps into the wrong direction (lack of engine sound, reduced driver involvement, PDK operation) with the MkII 997, let's hope the 998 gets back on track again.

mikeo996

1,904 posts

126 months

Tuesday 25th November 2008
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Not exactly radical then - can already imagine the press comments - laziest designers in town, will anyone notice it's a new one etc.

Interesting though that the headlights are heading more to the vertical - heading back further to classic 991 design cues.

I love it that they always tape over the badge on the front - like anyone's not going to know it's a Porsche.

forza whites

2,555 posts

97 months

Tuesday 25th November 2008
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I was kinda hoping that the 998 models were going to be a bit more imaginative than this! Compare the now unveiled Panamera with the original spy shots, induce not too much imagination to see how the 998 will look......

red_slr

2,952 posts

91 months

Tuesday 25th November 2008
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Amusing how the cover the car in GRP, my mate used to test cars for a living and he said when he was doing it they would put the running gear in an exisitng car - at the time they were developing a 4 pot turbo for the new model, yet the engine was being run in the old model round Millbrook for months and months before. I think a lot of this is marketing, they build the hype slowly, like with the GT-R etc.
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tomw2000

2,054 posts

97 months

Tuesday 25th November 2008
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The back end looks Grimsvile (imho).

I hope they sort that out before production*.

(*hmm, but if they don;t change something radically it'll just look like another 911 smile)

madala

4,986 posts

100 months

Tuesday 25th November 2008
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tomw2000 said:
The back end looks Grimsvile (imho).

I hope they sort that out before production*.

(*hmm, but if they don;t change something radically it'll just look like another 911 smile)
.....you can't tell what the back end will look like as that is bit that is most disguised....so perhaps that is where it will look the most different....but I doubt it......

Gunny Sergeant D

2,224 posts

142 months

Tuesday 25th November 2008
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Tells us nothing whatsoever. All rumour, conjecture and speculation.

Every aspect could be a aprt of the disguise

simonrockman

5,192 posts

157 months

Tuesday 25th November 2008
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mikeo996 said:
Not exactly radical then - can already imagine the press comments - laziest designers in town, will anyone notice it's a new one etc.

Interesting though that the headlights are heading more to the vertical - heading back further to classic 991 design cues.

I love it that they always tape over the badge on the front - like anyone's not going to know it's a Porsche.
When I saw the headline I thought "Like I care", you know exactly what it's going to look like before you click on the link.

Simon

VonSenger

1,528 posts

91 months

Tuesday 25th November 2008
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dont get it. whats different?

Gizmo!

18,150 posts

111 months

Tuesday 25th November 2008
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I reckon the 998 will have similar headlights to the new Boxster/Cayman - ie, incorporating the indicators, but subtly like the CGT, not like the 996/986. Plus the bonnet will be a bit plumper, for pedestrian safety regs.

Apart from that, it'll be just another 'polish' to the design... and if it ain't broke...

robmug

1,044 posts

165 months

Tuesday 25th November 2008
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That's much more likely to be a 997 body with 998 running gear as a test mule.

sidned

465 posts

118 months

Tuesday 25th November 2008
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robmug said:
That's much more likely to be a 997 body with 998 running gear as a test mule.
Then why the need to disguise it at all?

robmug

1,044 posts

165 months

Tuesday 25th November 2008
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sidned said:
robmug said:
That's much more likely to be a 997 body with 998 running gear as a test mule.
Then why the need to disguise it at all?
Lol! good point...except it wouldn't make the pages of the press or forums unless they did...

ChesterDog

245 posts

167 months

Tuesday 25th November 2008
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Mirrors are mounted on the doors - interesting decision there.

carreraboy

799 posts

120 months

Tuesday 25th November 2008
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V8/10? Has to come ....

Rox

324 posts

97 months

Wednesday 26th November 2008
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Erm.. Box 8 engine?

forza whites

2,555 posts

97 months

Wednesday 26th November 2008
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Rox said:
Erm.. Box 8 engine?
Exactly I can see a Flat 8....on its way.....

IMI A

4,921 posts

103 months

Wednesday 26th November 2008
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8 cylinder flat boxer engine would be a bit too heavy imo for rear engine car. With fuel/CO2 issues think they will stick with 6 cylinder configuration and also bring in a 4 cylinder boxer engine for the 911 pehaps calling it the 912 again. High performance variants will be turbocharged. Ferrari/Aston will follow suit as large capacity engines will never be able to meet future European CO2 legislation unless they are hybrids.

VR6time

1,499 posts

112 months

Thursday 27th November 2008
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Looks to me like a Gen 2 turbo, that is due for release early - mid 2009, and they have disguised the spoiler. Thats all.

998 aint gonna be about until 2011


edit: that is going on the current lifecycle

Edited by VR6time on Thursday 27th November 09:15