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Porsche 911/998: First time on video

The new 2011 Porsche 911 Coupe and Cabriolet have been caught on video for the first time. This is the new generation of Porsche's flagship sports car, internally referred to as the 998.

Our spies showed up on the scene while three prototypes were at a fuel stop. They took full advantage, capturing over two minutes of raw video, showing the much-loved car from many different angles. Engineers have been looking into winter performance capabilities of the 998 in the north of Sweden, where extreme weather pushes cars to their limits. Two cabrios and a coupe were being road tested.

The drivers looked to be doing some reconnaissance work of their own, snapping several photos of the spies as they headed back to the highways.

Generational improvements will include raised headlights, new side mirrors placed on the doors, with LEDs expected at both the front and back. Inside, more room will be made at the back, requiring the car to be stretched a bit longer. Power should come from direct-injection engines, with a possible 3.0-liter version coming standard. Customers will have the choice of upgrading to an all-wheel-drive version, or keeping the standard RWD. Transmission choices include a manual transmission, or the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch currently seen on the 2009 model.

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Published Jan 28th, 2009 8:03pm

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Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
*shrugs* you can buy a used Porsche for $30,000 that 99.5% of the public can't tell which Porsche is more expensive/faster/rarer. Why buy the car then?
Jan 29th, 2009 1:38pm
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MTC MTC
The front will definitely look like a Boxster/Cayman with round headlights
Jan 29th, 2009 1:02pm
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BobS BobS
What makes you so sure this is the 998? I suspect it's the 911 Turbo 997.2 undergoing winter testing before introduction in late summer of this year. The Turbo currently on sale is based on the 997.1 design.
Jan 29th, 2009 5:15am
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AG4 AG4
This is a 998. If you compare it to the 997, you will notice the prototypes have a longer wheelbase (compare the space between the doors and the rear wheel arch), it also uses doorskin mounted side mirrors unlike any 997 models. Here's the 997 Turbo Cabriolet: http://img.worldcarfans.com/2007/5/large/2070507.005.Mini4L.jpg Compare it to the 998 Prototype: http://img.worldcarfans.com/2009/1/large/porsche-911-998-carrera-cabrio-spy-photo-at-night_4.jpg http://img.worldcarfans.com/2009/1/large/porsche-911-998-carrera-cabrio-spy-photo-at-night_3.jpg
Jan 29th, 2009 5:52am
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adspirit adspirit
i think this is the 997 turbo facelift not the 998
Jan 29th, 2009 5:08am
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zdenda20 zdenda20
I can actually see the subtle differences, and I like it...looks more aggressive. And why should they change their whole mentality? Each new Turbo that comes out is better than the last one, which was probably the best all-round daily driver. U can drive it to work, when it rains, when it snows...awesome car, hopefully one day, i will be a proud owner!
Jan 29th, 2009 5:02am
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Beetle Beetle
Exactly , why change it if the design still works , Porsche are very clever people , just look at the hedge funds.
Jan 29th, 2009 5:38am
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kimbo kimbo
So it is 997? No wait it's the new one... It doesn't look, it doesn't sound good, and standard 911 is not really fast. Please Porsche, leave 911 and build something exciting, you really can do it - Carrera GT.
Jan 29th, 2009 4:13am
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Geefiasco Geefiasco
Meh, all Porsches look the same. They need a new design team.
Jan 29th, 2009 4:05am
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
i totally agree with you. I mean they can keep some design the same because it is Porsche tradition but they need to start making bigger changes
Jan 29th, 2009 7:36am
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