Porsche 911 configurator makes a dreamy distraction

September 5th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Calling all dreamers out there, the new 2012 Porsche 911 configurator has just gone online so you can build your personalised car online and drive it in your imagination.

As you’d expect the new 911 is available from new in a wide range of exterior colours, interior trim specifications and wheel options. It’s best to pretend money is no issue and up-spec your virtual 911 as far as you can go – and that is pretty far. Exterior colours include new hues like ‘Cognac Metallic’ and the rather dubious ‘Lime Gold Metallic’ which come at a premium. If they are too much you can stick to traditional colour combos like a Guards Red exterior and beige leather interior.

Other options include detailing like coloured centre caps on the 20-inch wheels, a rear windscreen wiper, sunroof, black instrument dials and all manner of performance upgrades. Continue reading “Porsche 911 configurator makes a dreamy distraction” »

New 2012 Porsche 911 gets screen time in first official TV ad (+video)

August 31st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The all-new 2012 Porsche 911 has been big news in the past weeks with specifications, photos and info slowly released (read news). But until now, we haven’t seen the latest incarnation of this iconic sports car in action.

The first of many TV ads has been released on YouTube and shows an inspiring view of the new 911 Carrera S. There’s various angles, aural delights and plenty to give Porsche fans a feel for the new 911.

Check out the video below. Continue reading “New 2012 Porsche 911 gets screen time in first official TV ad (+video)” »

2012 Porsche 911 gets officially revealed

August 24th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

After plenty of rumours, spy shots and leaked photos, Porsche has officially unveiled it’s 2012 911 (991) model.

While it may look very similar the new 911 has grown, with a wheelbase 100 mm longer than it’s predecessor. It also has a wider track at the front and a body made of aluminum-steel for reduced weight and greater rigidity. Standard wheel fittment is 20-inch rims and the side mirrors have moved to the top of the doors.

In the cockpit the reworked interior combines elements of the Porsche Panamera with the outgoing 997 model. The major changes here include a more pronounced, downward sloping centre console and entirely new switchgear.

The official word on power figures pegs the 3.4 litre boxer engine in the entry-level Carerra at 257kW. The higher-spec Carrera S uses a 3.8-litre motor that’s good for 294kW. Torque figures haven’t been released. Continue reading “2012 Porsche 911 gets officially revealed” »

First official photos of 2012 Porsche 911 now online

August 18th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Following teaser videos and plenty of spy shots the first press photos of the new 2012 Porsche 911 have been leaked on to the Internet before the model’s official debut at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

As expected the all-new 911 (code name 991), has a very familiar look and shows only subtle styling changes from the outgoing 997. Porsche purists will be kept happy with the iconic model’s classic lines and proportions being kept intact.

The most obvious cosmetic changes are the LED running lamps and revised air intakes at the front, the door-mounted wing mirrors on the flanks and the thinner LED tail lamps that grace the 991’s sculptured rear end.

Away from the design, the most significant changes come with the new 911’s increased size. The car is about two inches longer than the current model with a four inch longer wheelbase.

In terms of power the new entry-model Carrera will use a 3.4-litre direct-injected flat-six, producing 261kW, the Carrera S will be powered by a 3.8-litre flat-six engine producing around 300kW. Both engines will be mated to either a seven-speed manual or a PDK dual-clutch transmission. Continue reading “First official photos of 2012 Porsche 911 now online” »

Porsche profits up a massive 59 percent

August 2nd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Despite the global recession and continued economic uncertainty, the world’s premium car brands are enjoying big sales and profits. The reason comes from the emerging markets such as China and Russia where expensive luxury and performance cars are in hot demand.

Ferrari, Bentley and Mercedes-Benz have all announced record profits recently, and now Porsche is joining the fray with the announcement that its profits are up a staggering 59 percent compared with the same period last year.

In the first half of 2011, Porsche was busy generating an operating profit of $1.54 billion USD. There was a 26.3 percent increase in sales to 56,272 vehicles, and with the all-new 2012 Porsche 911 expected later this year, sales figures are expected to continue to climb. Continue reading “Porsche profits up a massive 59 percent” »

2012 Porsche 911 teased in video before Frankfurt debut

July 20th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche fans can begin counting down to the release of the next-gen 911 which is scheduled for a September debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Porsche is in the final stages of testing its new sports car and has released the first official video of the new 911 shot during hot weather testing in South Africa.

Although the 911 is still partially disguised in the clip, its obvious that this new model will look like the many before it. The 911’s evolution looks set to continue without major disappointment or radical new design cues.

That said, the next 911 will be slightly bigger, roomier and on a longer wheel base than the current version. The engine will also continue to slowly creep forward. The new 911 will be made available with more fuel efficient and greener engines which include a smaller displacement 3.4-litre flat-six producing around 260kW for the Carrera /4, and a larger 3.8-litre flat-six producing around 300kW for the Carrera S/4S. Continue reading “2012 Porsche 911 teased in video before Frankfurt debut” »

Porsche marks 10 year stay in China with exclusive 911 Turbo

June 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It’s been 10 years since Porsche first set up camp in the growing Chinese market and to celebrate, it has built a special edition 911 Turbo S.

There isn’t much in the way of mechanical mods with the special machine using the Turbo S’ 395kW, twin-turbo flat-six, mated to Porsche’s PDK sequential gearbox. However, the appearance package is quite distinctive with a bespoke Gold Bronze Metallic paint job set off with flat black and carbon fibre trim. Filling up the wheel guards are retro-inspired 19-inch black Fuchs-style alloys lifted off the 911 Sport Classic.

Interior tweaking includes a gold commemorative plaque, and plenty of black Alcantara fabric with contrasting gold stitching. Deluxe.

If you really want to get one of these special 911s, tough luck. Porsche is panning on building just 10 examples, and naturally, they’re all heading to China.

Next-gen Porsche 911 range getting KERS system as standard

May 18th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

According to recent reports, Porsche has confirmed that its much-anticipated next-generation 911 model will include a KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) as standard on every model in the range.

Porsche’s KERS system will be sophisticated and retain energy during braking and store it in a dedicated flywheel system. Then, when the driver is ready, the stored energy can be released and generate faster acceleration for the sports car. What began suspicions of a KERS system being included in the 911 was a dramatically increased wheelbase over the current model. An extra four inches have been added to the wheelbase with a total vehicle length increase of 2.75 inches. Which is the extra length required to fit in the new flywheel technology. Continue reading “Next-gen Porsche 911 range getting KERS system as standard” »

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