The first official photos of the all-new 2012 Porsche 911 surfaced online ahead of 2011 Frankfurt Motorshow debut.
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Although the new Porsche 911 (Series 991) looks similar to the outgoing 911 (Series 997), but it is reported to be about 5.5 cm longer than the current version, with the wheelbase (the distance between front and rear wheels) stretching slightly to offset the extra body length. The car’s roofline is lower than the current model by 1.1 cm.
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The new 911 features a more rounded look than the current one, with a more raked windscreen, bulbous new all-LED headlights, and a smoother front bumper with larger intakes and integrated LED daytime running lights.
The rear wheel arches have been pumped to give it a wider look, and the side mirrors are now mounted on the doors. The rear end of the supercar has been significantly re-sculpted, with restyled, slim-line LED taillights, and a smoother bumper bar aiding the streamline effect.
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Inside the car, the 911 inherit some design and features from the Porsche Panamera, including new Burmeister stereo systems, satellite navigation and restyled center console.
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The entry-level 911 Carrera features an all-new 3.4-litre direct injection 6-cylinder engine with power figures jumping to 261kW (from 254kW) but torque dropping to 380Nm (from 390Nm). The more powerful Carrera S is fitted with a larger 3.8-litre 6-cylinder that produces close to 300kW of power.
Both new engines will be available mated to a new 7-speed manual transmission or Porsche’s 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.
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