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porsche 911

Porsche’s next 911 marks a big change for the iconic model; Big in terms of size. While it rides on a thoroughly reworked version of the current 996/997 platforms, it will be visibly larger.

The Porsche 911 is set to be unveiled this fall at the Frankfurt auto show and go on sale as a 2012 model, the 911 has a longer wheelbase to accommodate its roomier interior. The cabin’s materials and console layout will be nicer, too, with more than a passing resemblance to the Panamera’s.

Given the next 911’s longer wheelbase, Porsche of Tucson expects a more agile ride without a corresponding sacrifice in dynamic competence. Like every 911 before, the new model will have a rear-engine. Rear-wheel drive will be standard, and all-wheel drive—an option since the 1989 Carrera 4—will be available. The standard engine will be the naturally aspirated flat-six, likely in two displacements. Tucson Porsche buyers shouldn’t expect huge power increases, but Porsche will employ electric-assist steering to aid efficiency and some weight-saving measures such as more aluminum body panels.

The Turbo remains at the top of the portfolio, and there are even plans for a hybrid version. More unexpectedly, Porsche might also offer a turbocharged flat-four. Such a model would be easy to justify historically—the 356 was a four, as was the 912. But a turbocharged four could get awfully close to the naturally aspirated six and dilute the “Turbo” moniker, which is still associated with the top-hole 911s.

Certainly, there will be a coupe and a convertible body along with numerous variations, such as future GT2 and GT3 models. Their successive launches mean that the current 997 and the new 991 will be built alongside each other for a while.

Porsche knows the Cayman’s mid-engine arrangement is dynamically greater to the 911’s, but the latter’s rear-engine layout enables usable rear seats. Plus, it helps to create those classic proportions. With Porsche venturing off into formerly unknown territory such as the small SUV and sedan markets, the classic look provides a tie to Porsche’s past. Heritage is becoming an ever larger part of the 911’s selling proposition as it faces fierce new competition, including everything from the Audi R8 and the Nissan GT-R to boulevard cruisers such as the BMW 6-series and the Mercedes-Benz SL.

To learn more about the latest Porsche 911, contact Porsche of Tucson today.