Although the all-new 2012 Porsche 911 won't get a full reveal until this September in Frankfurt, the factory has just released this early look at some lightly disguised prototypes of this redesigned "991" iteration undergoing final hot-weather and shakedown testing in South Africa. While the video provides little more than some interesting dynamic eye candy, a number of more substantive facts about the latest take on Porsche's iconic rear-engine sports car have come to light over the past several weeks.
For openers, the 2012 Porsche 911 is slightly larger, boasting about four inches of additional wheelbase as well wider track dimensions; however even more extensive use of aluminum promises to help keep curb weights in check on both Coupes and Cabriolets. Expect the base Carrera to come with a version of the 3.4-liter flat-six used in the Boxster S, here tuned to make 345-350 horsepower. The Carrera S will be fitted with a more potent but more fuel-efficient version of the existing 3.8-liter six that should put out around 400 ponies. Backing these engines will be a seven-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox that also brings a new electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential. The new 911 family also will include wide-body all-wheel drive Carrera 4 variations as well as a 911 Turbo that's strongly rumored to arrive packing well over 500 horses. Ultra-spec GT2/GT3 models also are in the works for those who demand their 911s with more overtly competitive edge.
Inside, the 2012 Porsche 911's cabin will be a bit more accommodating thanks to its expanded wheelbase. A closer perusal of the video also indicates that the car's cabin appointments as well as its redesigned center console share a fair amount of design DNA with the latest Porsche Panamera.