Officially revealed to the public just a few weeks ago, the Porsche 911 in its sixth generation, known internally as 991, is not only set to spawn all of the usual derivatives, but will be staying with us for an extended period of time.
According to CAR, the next variant to arrive in 2011 includes the 911 Cabriolet. A year later in the end of 2012, the all-wheel drive variants, the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, will arrive in coupe and cabrio guises. Debuting in 2013, the notorious 911 Turbo boasting 520bhp (527 PS / 387 kW) will be followed by the Cabrio Turbo in 2014. But not to get ahead of ourselves, 2013 has another important arrival in the form of the 911 GT3. Towards the end of 2014, the 911 Targa goes back to its roots with a new removable roof panel. No more sliding glass roof.
Although Porsche is still undecided, the raked-screen Speedster could emerge around this time. However, the big unsurprise is the realization of a 911 Hybrid. Also with no planned time frame, the 991 has been engineered with consideration to a conventional plug-in hybrid system. Although encouraged by the success of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car, a road-going version becoming reality remains to be seen.
But not to worry as there will be many more variants (e.g. GT2, RS) and special editions to emerge. Especially, since the 991 is expected to hang around for two seven-year lifecycles. That's 14 years of 991 product still to come.