Porsche reveals full 911 details

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Porsche has finally revealed full details of the long-awaited new generation of the iconic 911 sports car.

While the looks of the new 911 Carrera are not drastically altered, it will come with a radical new seven-speed manual gearbox as standard, with Porsche ditching the six-speed version seen on most cars.

The intention, says Porsche, is to make the most efficient sports car possible; as well as the usual impressive 0-62mph acceleration times, one of the most eye catching figures is the claimed fuel consumption of 34.4mpg – a 6mpg improvement over the old car – and a 194g/km CO2 rating.

But this impressive economy doesn't prevent the new car from being faster than its predecessor, and the entry-level model with the PDK automatic gearbox is 0.3 seconds quicker to 62mph, taking 4.6 seconds – 4.4 if you press the Sport Plus button on the optional Sport Chrono Pack.

This is largely due to the new 345bhp 3.4-litre flat six engine, which sees power boosted by 5bhp over the outgoing 3.6-litre version of the old car. Meanwhile, the Carrera S also gets a boost in power, from 380bhp to 395. This means it too is faster than the last car with 62mph coming in 4.3 seconds, or 4.1 after hitting the Sport Plus button.



The boost in pace will also have been helped by a reduction in weight, with the new car featuring an all-new aluminium steel body that helps shed up to 45kg.

The looks appear largely unchanged over the old car, with the same basic shape remaining, with minor alterations to the rear lights and spoiler, a shorter front and rear overhand and a lower overall roofline.

Porsche will debut the new car at the Frankfurt motor show in September, and has announced it will cost from £71,449, with the Carrera S from £81,242.