The new 911. Featuring a water-cooled flat-6 engine for
the first time in the 34 year history of the 911 line.
A completely redesigned car that some argue shouldn't bear
the name 911. Others feel it is the perfect 911. I'm
going to wait a few months until I form my opinion, but
I can say now that I certainly don't like the new
styling. Sharing half its parts with the Boxster doesn't
help set it apart; blurring the once-distinct line between
various models. The engine is of course completely different,
and is the handling and general nature of the car, but the
appearance is quite odd for a 911, that's for sure.
However, let's face it. Porsche has proven to be
a company that makes correct decisions. One of the
remaining few truly great sports car companies of the world.
They've been around for 50 years so I doubt they'll change their
philosophy any time soon; it's worked so far to make them
champions of the track and the public road.
But it is with some skepticism that I watch the introduction
of this new line. If they had just ended the 911 series with
the last evolution (tpe 993), and called the new machine
something else, I would have been perfectly happy...
Rear-mounted, water cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder
engine with aluminum-alloy block, heads, and pistons.
Dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder with VarioCam
variable valve timing system. 3.4 litre displacement pushes
out a powerful 296 hp at 6800 rpm and 258 ft-lb of torque.
Features a Bosch Motronic engine management system.
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Features hydraulically assisted force-sensitive rack-and-pinion
steering, independent MacPherson struts in the front,
and 4-wheel cross-drilled brakes with aluminum-alloy 4-piston
calipers. Bosch ABS 5.3, 12.53in in the front, 11.78in rear
diameter. Cast alloy 7Jx17 front and 9Jx17 rear wheels standard.