The new 911 will make its world premiere at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Auto Show, on September 13. And while the new 911 Carrera looks similar to its 997 predecessor, its a completely new generation of the iconic coupe that has been around since its launch in 1963.
True to the 911 tradition, the unmistakable silhouette catches the eye while incorporating new contours and precisely designed details. The wheelbase is 4” longer for improved stability and greater interior space; front and rear overhangs are shorter, maintaining the compact footprint; the stance is emphasized by the lower roof line and a wider front track increases on-road dynamics.
The rear-mounted, flat-six-cylinder engine is an equally symbolic component of the 911 identity; and behind the rear axle lies an uprated range of powerful and efficient ‘boxer’ engines.
The 911 Carrera is powered by a new 3.4-liter engine developing 350hp, and the Carrera S features a 400hp version of the familiar 3.8-liter.
These new engines offer performance improvements for both models. The 3.4-liter Carrera with PDK accelerates from 0-62mph in 4.6 sec, 0.1 sec quicker than the prior model. Pressing the Sport Plus button on the optional Sport Chrono Pack cuts that to 4.4 sec.
The 3.8-liter Carrera S with PDK can accelerate from 0- 62 mph in 4.3 sec (Sport Plus 4.1 sec), 0.2sec quicker than its predecessor.
Principle among the innovative steps forwards is the all-new, lightweight body, featuring aluminium-steel composite construction. It is responsible for a significant proportion of the weight reduction of up to 99 lb.