The next 911

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The Porsche 911 is probably one of just a handful of cars that have graced the streets almost unchanged. You can look at an early example and clearly see the lineage without too much effort.

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Porsche 911 by Larson.

An unusual strategy these days since we are all hungry for something completely new each year. But while it has remained true to its roots, it has also grown, enhanced and reinvented itself countless times, making this car one of the best ever engineered.

Last December, I wrote a short observation of the state of the Automotive industry from my personal perspective, and in it, I mentioned my hopes for the next 911. The article was called Automotive recap for 2010 and in it, I too wondered was was next for this great halo Porsche.

I own a 911, so I am quite aware of the magic of this car. Granted, it's a 996 - not the best ever made in my view - but a 911 never the less.

Perhaps because it is from this generation that I was wanting something a little more "revolutionary", instead of the customary "evolutionary" avenues the brand has done in the past.

That, and the comparisons to the competition like the Audi R8 and the Aston Martin Vantage V12 led me to feel that the 911 was feeling a bit "old", especially in the interior.

So it was no surprise when we saw the renderings from Larson of the next generation vehicle, codenamed the 991, which is expected to be a bit larger than the current model, both in length and width.

The most striking part of this new 911 is the rear (by Larson/AutoBild), which we like very much. While the front's headlights seem a bit more upright, it looks very much like the current model. The roof is all glass and the rear view mirrors now sit on the door panel.

The interior's vast improvement now looks more like the direction taken in the Panamera and the new Cayenne. We don't have an image of the details, but there is one in the March issue of Road & Track magazine.

(source: Larson and Road&Track)

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Porsche 911 by Larson.

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Porsche 911 Cabriolet by Larson.

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March 2011 issue of Road & Track magazine.

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