I recently had the opportunity to attend a launch party for the brand new Porsche 911 code named 991. The event was held at the beautiful Sundance Resort in Utah. To kick things off guests were invited to drive a Porsche Cayenne S and a Porsche Panamera S in order to show off the stellar AWD system of the Cayenne and also to show the interior of the Panamera. From there we were invited to mingle with other guests while drinks and hors d’ouervres were served.
As the evening progressed the General Manager of Ken Garff Porsche, who hosted the event, introduced the new car with a brief history of Porsche and the 911 and the importance of keeping with Porsche Tradition and the steps taken by the Porsche engineers in doing so. And then, the curtains were pulled.
The new car is stunning! This particular car was the Carrera S version in Agate Gray, which under the spotlight, looked to be the same color as concrete. From its new, bubbly headlights, the triangular taillights the car is definitely 911. The visual differences are subtle to the untrained eye but the Porsche enthusiast will also see the bulging wide-body look fenders. Out back the car has a new spoiler similar to recent 911s which pop up at speed but is much wider and gives the car an even more aggressive look when it is raised. Although the car is stunning, in some ways it reminds me even more of a squashed VW Beetle. I’m not sure if its the bulging fenders, the bulging eyeball headlights, or the combination of the two, but no matter which it is, I love it!
The interior has the standard gauge layout with the big tach in the middle, speedo on the left, a reconfigurable display on the right and then being flanked by the other necessary gauges on either side. The center of the dash has the stopwatch from the Sport Chrono Package and the console was styled heavily after console in the Panamera and Carrera GT. The car featured here had a 7-speed PDK transmission but a manual is also offered with a first of its kind 7-speed.
Now you are probably wondering what about the specs. The “base” model 911 comes with a 3.4L H6 producing 350hp, has the choice of either a 7-speed manual or PDK transmission, and will do 0-60mph in about 4.6 seconds. Price starts at $82,100. The “S” model comes with a bigger, more powerful 3.8L H6 which produces 400hp, has the same choices in transmissions but will now do a Road&Track tested 0-60mph run in 3.5 seconds making it nearly as fast to 60 as the legendary McLaren F1! Its also 14 seconds faster around the Nurburgring than the previous model. The price on this, $96,400.
You can find a gallery of the event here.