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Porsche 911 Prototype Up In Flames

Porsche engineers seem to be copying their competitors from Maranello with the development of the upcoming 911. That is, they seem to be copying the first batch of Ferrari 458 Italias, as a 911 prototype caught on fire during testing in southwestern Germany.

According to Auto Express, the 911 Cabriolet prototype was going through routine testing in Steinegg, Germany when it burst into flames. The car reportedly burned for 15 minutes before the fire could be brought under control. Chief commander of the Neuhausen Steinegg fire department Klaus Buchinger said to Auto Express that, “The car has burned like tinder.” Thankfully no one was injured in the fire.

As bad as a burnt-up prototype may be, Porsche’s still got a couple months to work out the kinks on the 991 before the production version makes its debut this September at the Frankfurt Auto Show.  It’s better that it happened with a prototype, rather than with a customer’s car. Porsche took the 911 back to its development center to determine the cause of the fire.

Check out the full gallery of the flaming Porsche over at Auto Express.

Source: Auto Express

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2011 Porsche 911

Fair Market Price $42,929 Carrera Coupe

EPA MPG:

18 City / 25 Hwy

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345 @ 6500

Torque:

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