Confirmed at last: the next generation Porsche 911

Porsche has finally revealed official pictures of the next generation of 911.

The German performance car maker has leaked pre-production images, videos and all manner of snippets of information about the new model over the previous months, and now we know what the finished item will look like.

Broadly speaking, the new 911 is very similar to the previous 997 model, but there are a few subtle differences.

It's lower, wider, lighter and more muscular than before, but the biggest change is at the rear - the taillights are now much neater and slimmer, with a hint of Aston Martin about them.

As always, the new 911 will be powered by a flat-six engine. The entry-level Carrera model you see in the pictures has a 3.4-litre unit with 345bhp and it's capable of 0-62mph in a mere 4.4 seconds (depending on what options you choose) so it's faster than the outgoing version.

It's also cleaner and more economical, with 194g/km of CO2 and 34.4mpg.

A more powerful Carrera S will also be available, with a 394bhp 3.8-litre engine. The extra power shaves 0.3 seconds off the 0-62mph time, but it's still capable of 32.4mpg and 205g/km.

The fastest 911's come with Porsche's PDK double clutch gearbox but this version will be also available with a seven-speed manual transmission - a world first.

Porsche will reveal the new 911 in the metal at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show and it goes on sale in the UK in December. Prices start at £71,449 for the entry-level Carrera model and £81,242 for the Carrera S.


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