Porsche unveils new 911

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23 Aug, 2011 Updated Tue 23 Aug 2011 16:20 CEST
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An icon of German automotive engineering, the Porsche 911, is being reborn. The legendary sports car is bigger, pricier, and more fuel-efficient.


Just days before the 911’s debut at the 64th Frankfurt International Motor Show, Porsche on Tuesday released the technical details.

Starting at basic ticker price of €88,037, the car will cost nearly €2,500 more than its predecessor. However, thrifty drivers can save at the pump since the new model burns 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres – 1.6 litres less than before. At current petrol prices in Germany, a proud 911 owner would drive off the price hike after 100,000 kilometres of cruising on the autobahn.

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Despite its improved fuel efficiency, the most affordable Carrera model packs 350 horsepower and clocks 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds.

The wheelbase has been extended 10 centimetres longer and the new 911 is also wider than before. But the car's overall profile is lower and generous use of aluminium means it's 45 kilos lighter than its predecessor.

Completely new roll stabilization will ensure that the car doesn’t tilt so much while taking fast curves, keeping greater tyre contact with the road.

Porsche is hoping the changes will revitalize the 911 line. Although the sports car, first introduced 48 years ago, remains the carmaker’s most famous model, it has been displaced by the Cayenne SUV as Porsche’s bestseller.

“From the very first glance it remains unmistakably a 911,” Porsche said in a statement. “True to the 911 tradition, the distinctive Porsche design language with its tendons and muscles exudes power and elegance.”

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2011/08/23 16:20

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