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Christopher Bruce2012-05-04 14:54:10

New Porsche 911 Wins Red Dot Design Award

The new 911 will undoubtedly spawn numerous variations including a GT3 and turbo model

The new 991 chassis Porsche 911911 Gen.6 [991 Series]Porsche 911 Gen.6 [991 Series]Germany, 2011 > present110 versions
318 photos
3 videos
has won the red dot award: product design 2012 voted on by 30 international design experts. 

The current 911 was designed by Michael Mauer who used two concepts when penning the design: brand identity and product identity. That means that the car had to immediately appear to be a Porsche, and it had to be immediately clear which Porsche it was.

The design DNA of our products is our most important asset – which is precisely why we are constantly questioning and developing it,” said Mauer. 

Porsche and Mauer say that the important elements of the 911 design include a steeply sloping roofline, a front air intake instead of radiator grill, pronounced shoulders and an ignition on the left side of the steering wheel.

For the new design, Porsche added 100mm to the wheelbase but lowered the height and added 20in wheels. Inside, Porsche moved the shifter higher and closer to the driver. 

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, designer of the original Porsche 911911 Gen.1Porsche 911 Gen.1Germany, 1963 > 198951 versions
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, will also receive a posthumous award for his achievements in design. Porsche died on April 5, 2012, in Salzburg, Austria. His motto was: "A coherently designed product needs no adornment; it should be enhanced by its form alone. Good design should be honest.”

The full list of automotive and transport best-of-the-best winners for 2012 are the Husqvarna Nuda 900 R motorcycle, SmartsmartsmartGermany, 1994 > present13 models
900 photos
4 videos
Ebike, Trophy 20 electric scooter and Renault TwizyTwizyRenault TwizyFrance, 2010 > present24 versions
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. Over 4,500 products from 58 countries were submitted for voting this year. The awards will be presented on July 2, 2012, in Essen, Germany. 

Last year's best-of-the-best winners of the award in the Automobiles, Transport and Caravans category were the BMW 5-Series5 Series Gen.6 [F10]BMW 5 Series Gen.6 [F10]Germany, 2010 > 2016247 versions
475 photos
, Kia OptimaOptima Gen.3Kia Optima Gen.3Republic of Korea, 2011 > present43 versions
60 photos
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and the RhB Zweispannungstriebzug train in the Swiss Alps. 

911 Gen.6 [991 Series]911 Gen.6 [991 Series]
911 Carrera911 Carrera
Flat 6
210 cu in
Top Speed
180 mph
7, Manual
Maximum power
355 hp @ 7400 rpm
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel consumption (combined)
26.13 US MPG
$ 82.100
annual ownership cost
$ 3.371

1 comment

Saw one today, looking good, very modern and with interesting details like the sharp rear lights. You can tell it's a got a longer wheelbase, it sits more "square"
04.05.2012 @ 18:34


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