RE: New Porsche 911 previewed

RE: New Porsche 911 previewed

Friday 23rd February

New Porsche 911 previewed

The n/a GT3's days are numbered, as turbocharging beckons for entire 911 range



The oft repeated gripe with many modern sports cars is that all the technology and safety gubbins get in the way of the driving experience. So, despite its insistence that the driver will remain at the centre of proceeding, Porsche's announcement that autonomous and hybrid tech will soon feature in its upcoming 992 will be a concerning overture to many. The disguised 992 shown off by model director August Achleitner may only be a small step on from the current model design-wise, but it will take a huge leap technologically, with electrification not categorically ruled out - a hybrid 911 is said to be coming in 2020 spurred on by CO2 regulations.

We'll start with the biggest news. All engines throughout the range are expected to get power increases thanks to turbocharging, including the GT3. Yes, the days of the naturally aspirated GT3 are over. The Turbo S, meanwhile, is to borrow engine hardware from the current GT2 RS, with enough power (630hp) to trouble a Ferrari 488, though Porsche's engineers are said to have decided against a hybrid option in favour of weight savings for now. Even the more modest 911 Turbo will have 600hp, be able to crack 200mph and hit 62mph in under 3 seconds, whilst the rest of the 911 range will see power outputs between 380hp and 435hp.


As an evolution of the MMB platform which the current 911 is based on, the 992 also will have a wider front and rear track, making use of high-strength steel and aluminium to keep the weight down. The full-width wing we have seen in spy shots is a first, improving stability. Inside, changes are coming to the instrument binnacle with two digital screens protruding from either side of an analogue rev counter - an evolution of Audi's virtual cockpit - while spy shots have revealed a Panamera style screen and a smaller, less tactile gear selector. Behind the scenes, lane keep assist and other "convenient and useful things" will add a degree of autonomy to the new range, making small adjustments to the steering to keep the car between the white lines when active.

Talking about the impending changes, Achleitner reiterated that the 911 remains at the heart of the company. "We know where we are from and where we want to go... the decisive factor is that a 911 generates a driving feeling that no other can impart." On the subject of driver assistance features he continued, "the customer has to make the choice to use them and above all, be able to switch them off when they're not desired." For now, at least.

[Spyshots: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien]

 


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sc0tt

Original Poster:

15,483 posts

131 months

Friday 23rd February
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Why have they bothered with Camo hehe

Plug Life

717 posts

21 months

Friday 23rd February
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Funny pic, men in suits fondling a car in bad camo wrap.

MrBarry123

4,717 posts

51 months

Friday 23rd February
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sc0tt said:
Why have they bothered with Camo hehe
laugh

Don't hold me to it however I think I've got a reasonably good idea of what it'll look like...

kambites

54,257 posts

151 months

Friday 23rd February
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sc0tt said:
Why have they bothered with Camo hehe
How else would you know it's a new 911? biggrin

RamboLambo

4,523 posts

100 months

Friday 23rd February
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sc0tt said:
Why have they bothered with Camo hehe
Because its another German tank.

Can't beat a big naturally aspirated engine in a supercar - Long live the naturally aspirated engine - that will be a Lamborghini then Sir.
Grab a n/a V10 Huracan Performante beast while you still can. Its a dying breed with gen II Huracan due soon and rumoured to be hybrid
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andy_s

12,856 posts

189 months

Friday 23rd February
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sc0tt said:
Why have they bothered with Camo hehe
First thing I thought!

Nanook

31,353 posts

117 months

Friday 23rd February
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kambites said:
How else would you know it's a new 911? biggrin
laugh

Cold

4,394 posts

20 months

Friday 23rd February
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PorschetonHeads.

ellesmereFNC

93 posts

146 months

Friday 23rd February
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If the driver of a Porsche or any car can’t concentrate enough keep between the white lines on the road then...
A...the shouldn’t have a Porsche or any car
B...be allowed to drive
C...been able to pass the driving test


unsprung

1,958 posts

54 months

Friday 23rd February
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Plug Life said:
Funny pic, men in suits fondling a car in bad camo wrap.
Sort of Stuttgart engineers meet Story of O.

"Too much NVH? I'll show you the meaning of too much. Attach the tow bar!"

epom

5,639 posts

91 months

Friday 23rd February
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Porsche really need to drop the 911, I mean its getting a bit long in the tooth now. All these little updates. Time to spend some cash on a brand new model.

kambites

54,257 posts

151 months

Friday 23rd February
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epom said:
Porsche really need to drop the 911, I mean its getting a bit long in the tooth now. All these little updates. Time to spend some cash on a brand new model.
It doesn't exactly seem to be suffering from poor sales...

Griffgrog

573 posts

176 months

Friday 23rd February
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epom said:
Porsche really need to drop the 911, I mean its getting a bit long in the tooth now. All these little updates. Time to spend some cash on a brand new model.
And VW the Golf?

thiscocks

1,731 posts

125 months

Friday 23rd February
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Its not a GT3 if its got a turbo. Why cant they badge it differently? GT5 maybe?

kambites

54,257 posts

151 months

Friday 23rd February
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thiscocks said:
Its not a GT3 if its got a turbo. Why cant they badge it differently? GT5 maybe?
Why? Some GT3 cars have been turobcharged for years haven't they? I don't think there's anything particularly linking GT3 to natural aspiration.

kars

70 posts

99 months

Friday 23rd February
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RamboLambo said:
Because its another German tank.

Can't beat a big naturally aspirated engine in a supercar - Long live the naturally aspirated engine - that will be a Lamborghini then Sir.
Grab a n/a V10 Huracan Performante beast while you still can. Its a dying breed with gen II Huracan due soon and rumoured to be hybrid
Gallardo LP550-2 manual is the last great Lambo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N15v6CTcLN8

Blink982

223 posts

34 months

Friday 23rd February
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Maybe BOTB should use this photo as a competition for spot the difference. I am a huge 911 fan but what's the point in the camo?

GTEYE

1,161 posts

140 months

Friday 23rd February
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I'm waiting for the GT-D...

Leonardo101

15 posts

4 months

Friday 23rd February
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Isn’t it about time Porsche did something radical like putting the 911 to a dignified death.
A truly awful outdated ugly piece of junk!

myhandle

751 posts

104 months

Friday 23rd February
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thiscocks said:
Its not a GT3 if its got a turbo. Why cant they badge it differently? GT5 maybe?
In the original instance, the 911 GT1, GT2 and GT3 were to some degree related to the Porsche cars racing in those categories. Subsequent versions, and the Cayman GT4, are further removed from the racers but the general principle remains. If there was to be a GT5, it would need to be below the GT4 in the range.