The next generation Porsche 911 may only be unveiled for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in September, but Porsche is planning a major brand attack over the next few years.

The next generation Porsche 911 may only be unveiled for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in September, but Porsche is planning a major brand attack over the next few years.

Codenamed the 997, left-hand-driver versions are said to be going into production in August. The 997 is just one of a new breed of Porches due out over the next three years. More than 10 new Carrera variants, stretching from the Carrera 2 to a GT2 replacement, are planned for the period.

The 997 has been labelled as being evolutionary and greater resembles a major facelift than a brand new car. Inspired by the 993 of the mid-90s, the 997's most obvious changes are external.

Oval headlights set will once again be set apart from the indicator signals and fog lights.

New mirror housings, Cayenne-style pull-out door handles, altered taillights and revised tail pipes are visible. Three large air ducts mimicking those of the 996 Turbo provide additional cooling for the car's front-mounted radiators. Wider front and rear fenders complete the 997's well-formed appearance.

Inside, the 997 received a Cayenne-inspired cabin and dashboard, with instruments housed under a single binnacle.

For the first time on the 911, buyers will be able to order a six-speed Tiptronic with steering-wheel-mounted shift buttons, or a dual-clutch gearbox. A revised six-speed manual gearbox is standard.

reported that the new body comes with an updated version of the 3,6-litre flat-six cylinder engine used in the current 911 version. Power has been upped from 235 kW to 257 kW and the top speed is expected to push 290 km/h.

However, a more powerful S version is also waiting in the wings.

The 911 S has been modelled to imitate the Boxster S and comes with bulkier exterior styling, an engine with more bite and higher levels of standard equipment.

Direct injection is planned, along with a ten per cent improvement in economy and power. Capable of producing just under285 kW it is unlikely that this car will available before a facelift for the 997, planned for 2007.

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