New 911 on the blocks
Focus is on emissions and fuel economy, writes Paul Gover
ANEW Porsche 911 is just over the horizon. Testing of prototypes in Europe points to a preview sometime next year, even with the rollout of the 997 continuing with everything from the GT3 to the ultimate GT2 RS. Cars have been caught by Carparazzi in both winter testing in Scandinavia and hot laps at the Nurburgring, where a radical new hybrid 911 racer — using a kinetic energy recovery system developed by Williams F1 — l e d the Nurburgring 24-hour race a fortnight ago.
The new 911 is the 998 series and European sources hint at a first public appearance towards the end of next year, probably at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This would indicate Australian sales sometime in the first half of 2012.
Development of the 998, says Carparazzi, is focused on improving the car’s efficiency.
The 997-series 911 has a new engines so there will be no change in capacity for the 998, just more work on emissions and fuel economy. The car is also likely to be lighter, with more aluminium in key areas, and to have the latest paddle-shift PDK gearbox.
Porsche tries to disguise the 998 test cars with fake air vents in the rear wings, hoping to distract with talk about something on the GT2 turbo front.
But the car is definitely the new model, with a slightly lower line and what looks like a longer wheelbase. There is a major movement for the Tokyo Motor Show next year which changes location and date from its traditional October running at the Makuhari Messe on the outskirts of Tokyo. The show will run from December 2-11 and will be held at Tokyo Big Sight. Ferrari is celebrating the 60th birthday of its grand prix team. It made the milestone on May 21, the anniversary of Enzo Ferrari’s team entering the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix. Since then the Italian team has competed in 799 grands prix, for a record of 211 wins, 15 drivers and 16 constructors world championships.