By Lawrence UlrichPosted 02.03.2012 at 11:09 am 14 Comments
Since unveiling the 911 Carrera in 1963, Porsche has built many dozens of variations, ranging from convertibles to racing editions to subtly tweaked versions distinguishable only to board members of the Porsche Club of America. Full-blown generational revamps have been rarer. When the seventh Porsche 911 arrives this month, 90 percent of the vehicle's components will be new or redesigned. The result is a car that corners more evenly and consumes less gas, yet is substantially quicker than its predecessors.
The first real seven-speed transmission and several other nice features
By Jon Alain GuzikPosted 11.29.2011 at 1:06 pm 8 Comments
Since its début in 1963, the 911 has inspired lust and desire in the hearts of gearheads the world over. Since then, the 911 has kept its basic Teutonic DNA intact -- rear-engine, nimble and small, a sports car meant to be flogged to the limits, yet ready for everyday driving. From the classic air-cooled era models -- 1963 to 1998 -- to the liquid-cooled versions from 1998 onward, the Porsche 911 has gotten better and better as the years progressed.
It was a scant few years ago that we were testing the brand new 911, codenamed 997. The 997 had more power, thanks to all-new direct-injection engines and a kick-ass dual-clutch transmission with the longest name in the history of transmissions -- the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, or, PDK for short. It was the ne plus ultra in the history of the model -- for a time.
That's all history, thanks to the brand-new and better than ever 2012 Porsche 911, designated the 991.