Frankfurt motor show 2011 - Porsche 911

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The Porsche 911 is larger, lighter and faster in its latest incarnation, which makes its public debut at Frankfurt.

Everything is new but, as ever, the 911’s styling has evolved subtly.

Porsche says that the 911’s ‘compact exterior dimensions have been retained,’ although hasn’t released details of the new model’s dimensions.

The proportions have changed slightly: the wheelbase is 100mm longer, for ‘improved stability and greater interior space,’ while there are shorter front and rear overhangs and a lower roofline.

At the front, there are familiar round headlights and slim indicator lamps at the top of each air intake. There’s a lower-slung look than before, though; an impression enhanced by a wider front track.

The profile and side windows appear all-but identical to the current car’s, but the side mirrors are now mounted on the door, rather than at the front of the windows. The biggest changes are at the rear, with slimmer tail lamps and a wider bootlid that allows for a larger pop-up spoiler.

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The new body is stiffer than before and, thanks to the use of more aluminium in its construction, lighter by up to 45kg.

As ever, the 911 has rear-mounted six-cylinder engines. The latest units are more powerful, but also more efficient, with fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for all versions that are up to 16% lower than the current car’s. A start-stop system and energy recuperation system now come as standard. There’s also a seven-speed manual gearbox, which Porsche claims is a world first.

The entry-level Carrera model has a 3.4-litre, 345bhp engine, whereas the Carrera S has a 395bhp 3.8. With the optional PDK semi-automatic gearbox the Carrera has CO2 emissions of 194g/km – the first 911 with CO2 emissions below 200g/km.

As with its exterior, the 911’s cabin isn’t a major departure from the current car’s. Porsche says that it takes its cue from the Carrera GT, with a design that mixes elements of the current car with Porsche’s newer models like the Cayenne and Panamera.

The new Porsche 911 is available to order now, with first customer deliveries expected in mid-December.

The 911 Carrera starts at £71,449 and has standard equipment that includes leather trim, xenon headlights and satellite-navigation.

Carrera S prices start at £81,242. Extra standard equipment includes Porsche Active Suspension Management and Porsche Torque Vectoring.

Porsche is expected to roll out more 911 derivatives, starting in 2012. Four-wheel drive, Cabriolet, Targa and Turbo models are all expected.

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