Is This The All-New 2012 Porsche 911?

It turns out that we won’t have to wait until next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show after all – official photos of the next 991-generation 2012 Porsche 911 have hit the web. Guess what? The new 911 looks very much like, well, a 911.

Leaked a month before the car’s actual debut, these photos -- which appear to be the official Porsche-commissioned press shots -- clearly show that the 991’s design is a very evolutionary take on the current-gen 997’s look. LED running lights above the lower air ducts return, as do the timeless circular headlamps, althoughthe latter are now slightly more flush with the fenders.Trapezoidal lower air intakes ducts help to draw in cooling air along the bottom of the front fascia, and there seems to be a larger opening for the front trunk.

In profile, it is clear that the 991 has been stretched – it’s been known that the car has grown 2 inches in length – with a longer rear quarter window and what appear to be lengthy overhangs. Out back, the taillights have shrunken and continue to be full-LED affairs. The new retractable rear spoiler takes up a large chunk of the real estate above the bumper cut-line (which itself aligns with the top of the taillights), and a wider hood for the engine compartment can be seen too.

The interior draws straight from the Panamera’s playbook, and incorporates a sloping center console, a navigation screen placed low in the dash, and buttons galore. In true 911 fashion, there is a large center-mounted tachometer flanked by four additional gauges.

Though images have surfaced at this time, technical specifications have not. Expect to see power come from either a 3.4-liter flat-six in the Carrera that is good for 350 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque – the red car in the photos. The Carrera S should pack a 400-hp 3.8-liter flat-six that churns out 325 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options will both come in seven speeds, be it for Porsche’s dual-clutch PDK, which gains an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, or a traditional manual transmission.

We have yet to get final confirmation from Porsche that these are, indeed, shots of the final car, but they seem pretty close to the test mules that we have spotted in the past. Expect more photos and details on the all-new 2012 Porsche 911 to emerge in the next few weeks.


The first thing that poped in to mind seeing the new one was " NOOOOO". Its an Panamera Light. And thats no good.
Trevor M
Agreed with Robert. The flow is GONE. This is a major backfire, worse than the 964, and on the same level as the 996 styling misfire. As a long time owner of multiple 911's classic and contemporary, I hereby give this a thumbs down. I would give it two thumbs down, but the interior is a success. 7 gears manual? RIDICULOUS. It's a money-saving move so they can use the PDK box. The font end is too short from the side view. The styling is too fussy from the rear and the flow is gone. The current 997 was a knock it out of the ballpark success and the biggest selling 911 for many reasons. This does not work like the 997 does. Nope. Fail. Porsche, you have dropped the ball. First with nonsense like the hunchback Panaramadingdong monster, and then the loss of autonomy to Audi. Now this. Porsche is doomed. What a dark day.
I don’t like it. From the front it’s fine. But the LED lights in the bumper are sure to break at the first fender bender or flying rock from the road. I particularly don’t like the side and rear views. The classic 911 lines are broken by the front lights which look like frog eyes and that hideous horizontal rear treatment. It interrupts the traditional flow of the engine cover. The whole design just looks too busy. The interior looks nice. Engine choices sound good too. The seven speed manual is laughable. I like shifting myself in a sports car but I want to enjoy the drive not feel like I’m in a row boat.

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