No surprises with the brand new Porsche 991

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by Apocalypse, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. Apocalypse

    Apocalypse New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2011
    Messages:
    53
    Likes Received:
    0
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    OK, now that we've got the internet flame of ‘it's the same as the old one' doused out, let's look at how the new Porsche 911, which they call 991, is totally different from the 997, which was the one before, and after the 996. Yes, there has been many a neun elf and all have had one aim in life; to be the best 911 ever.
    This one has its work cut out. And it always starts at the same place — style.
    A 911 must have certain peculiar technical features untouched, of course, but the design that resulted with the rear-engine layout in the Sixties must somehow also stay the same, according to purists.
    Porsche's design department has, therefore, had it easy tucking it in every now and again, but this 991 could well be the most radical departure from the norm yet. Although ‘radical' is a word that carries a lot of weight, remember this is a 911 we're talking about.
    First up is a trip back in time and to the 964's upright front headlamps, which flow naturally into a higher front fender line to the waistline. The roof stays true to tradition but flattens the whole car, narrowing its glasshouse. We'll see what that does to the famed 911 visibility.
    The rear wings are pounced further out — the track is wider in the new car as well — and there's a sense that the rear overhang is longer with the gentler curve of the roofline into the engine cover. And obviously you didn't miss the 918 Spyder taillights… As far as Porsche styling goes, this is radical, people.
    Now, underneath the new sheetmetal is a 100mm longer wheelbase and an overall lower body on larger wheels (Carrera and Carrera S get up to 20in rims). Porsche engineers dabbled with lightweight construction to come up with a mix of aluminium-steel construction to reduce the total mass by 45kg while increasing chassis rigidity over the 997.
    Inside the designers took the Cayenne and Panamera as inspiration with a new tunnel console littered with Porsche's one-button-one-command viewpoint. The dash itself is still traditionally upright and shallow and the binnacle houses five round instruments, of which one is a high-resolution multi-function screen. But despite the big changes in style, dimensions and interior design, Zuffenhausen is most vocal about the lowered fuel consumption across the range, with technology such as auto stop-start, thermal management, electrical system recuperation, as well as the world's first seven-speed manual transmission.
    In the GCC a double PDK unit is standard. The steering system is a new electro-mechanical set-up, and Porsche is quick to counter our ‘steering feel' doubts by promising typical precision and response while increasing efficiency — no cumbersome pump to sap power and fuel.
    Porsche designers added 100mm to the wheelbase and lowered the whole body on its 20in wheels, and widened the wings and front track.
    And sitting out in the rear is also a new 3.4-litre flat-six engine pushing 350bhp in the base rear-drive 991 Carrera, while the S gets a 3.8-litre boxer packing 400bhp. Both models are naturally quicker than their predecessors, with the Carrera S reaching 100kph from rest in 4.1 seconds.
    Porsche went on to ensure the new 991 generation thrills in the turns too, with better longitudinal and transverse dynamics through the longer wheelbase, a new rear axle and active control systems such as Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC).
    Place your order for a Dh334K Carrera or a Dh396K Carrera S today, and you'll be on the road in Q1 2012.
     
  2. Dhhawal

    Dhhawal New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    Messages:
    1,292
    Likes Received:
    26
    could somebody please tell porsche to make something new..these old looking cars a getting to be a lil annoying..!
     
  3. Apocalypse

    Apocalypse New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2011
    Messages:
    53
    Likes Received:
    0
    ^^^^ right
     
  4. Codename.47

    Codename.47 Guest

    I second that
    lets write a letter to Porsche from Cartalk
     
  5. GTD

    GTD Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2011
    Messages:
    187
    Likes Received:
    7
    if u want porsche to even consider the possibility of taking the letter seriously then we need to build this site as a community first. You think porsche cares about what a forum with 100 members say about their cars?
     
  6. GTD

    GTD Super Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2011
    Messages:
    187
    Likes Received:
    7
    Bro, can you please quote the above guy instead of typing those pointers. They just break the flow of the conversation. Thanks in advance.
     
  7. Codename.47

    Codename.47 Guest

    I think the Sales figures gives them the heads up anyways
     
  8. Dhhawal

    Dhhawal New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    Messages:
    1,292
    Likes Received:
    26
    Porsche i think have resigned themselves to the fact that they are going to be known for their engineering prowess and not for their car designs which is why they don't remodel their cars..the 911 is a good looking car..but because its been around for so long(albeit with a few changes), the new design hasn't differed much from the first one, apart from it, look at the other cars in their range, the cayenne: crammed with technology, sport car like behaviour with real world off road ability..which is very rare, but even it borrows design cues from the 911..and it looks really horrible, the panamera: possibly the only four door sports car with real world passenger housing capability(others assume that people sitting in the back are only going to be four feet tall), but then again you look at it..and you're forced to look away

    @GTD, rahul i think was just being a bit enthusiastic..but i agree, Porsche doesn't care what the world thinks about its attitude towards designing cars..much less a forum on the internet with people who don't own one ;), that is the Porsche way..!
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2011
  9. Codename.47

    Codename.47 Guest

    i think you are right
    no one of us owns one
    also it looks like an old mans car .Youth are more attracted towards GTRs , Ferraris and Lambos and some like R8 audis ..

    thats why they kept the design like 911 cuz its same generation people buying it :p
     
  10. Dhhawal

    Dhhawal New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    Messages:
    1,292
    Likes Received:
    26
    yep...its the 'mid-life crisis' sports car :D
     
  11. Codename.47

    Codename.47 Guest

Share This Page