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Porsches going lighter!

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Porsche

will launch a cascade of new models over the next two years. The new

911, codenamed 991, is on a new platform with a lot of aluminum that

will be shared with the Boxster/Cayman family. Due to difficulty and time consuming nature to build both platforms( old and new) together , the production unit wants to get rid of old models as soon as possible.

As expected the Performance will increase in new Turbo Porsche 911 due to 100 pound weight loss. A

wider front track and longer wheelbase, is expected.

Porsche

will build the new Boxster and Cayman at the Karmann plant and at

Zuffenhausen and follow the 991 launch in very quick succession. Expect

the Boxster to be at the Geneva show in 2012.

Evolution

remains the Porsche way. The new Boxster looks much like the current

one. Width is basically unchanged to keep weight in check.

An

aluminum bodyshell should save about 50 pounds. Power will rise, with

the Boxster S taking the engine from the run-out Boxster Spyder, a

3.4-liter 320-horsepower unit, with seven-speed PDK or a seven-speed

manual derived from the PDK box.

 The base car will use a

2.7-liter engine downsized from the 2.9 and add the direct-injection

system from other Porsches to find a handful more ponies than the

current 255. Efficiency measures such as start-stop and the lighter

weight will improve real-world fuel efficiency by about 15 percent. The

roomier cabin uses higher-quality switchgear derived from the Panamera

and 2011 Cayenne.

Senior

management of Porsche hints a four-cylinder engine being developed

for the baby Porsche roadster that will be related to the VW roadster

and Audi R4. The four also will go into the Boxster, though not at

launch.

The

second-generation Boxster was a modified version of the first. This one

has an all-new platform, and sources say the body will be a lot more

rigid, to the benefit of handling. A wider front track will add grip,

and the longer wheelbase should improve the ride and stability.

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( source - Motor Trend)

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