Porsche today released the first official pictures of the new 911. Now the 15th in the 41-year old 911 series, the Type 997 sees a return to the more classic 911 headlight shape. There’s also a wider track, a more emphasised waist, more prominent bumpers and a more aerodynamic rear spoiler.

Two models will be available initially: the 911 Carrera with a 325 bhp 3.6-litre six cylinder boxer engine, and the 911 Carrera S, powered by a new 3.8-litre engine with 355 bhp. Performance is 0-62mph in 5 seconds and a top speed of 177mph for the Carrera, and 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds and 182 mph for the Carrera S.

Both models are fitted with a new six-speed manual gearbox and revised chassis dynamics, which includes active suspension, dubbed “Porsche Active Suspension Management” (PASM), with both normal and sport positions. An additional sports suspension package is available, which lowers the body by 20mm and is offered in conjunction with a mechanical limited-slip differential.

The Carrera features 18 inch wheels as standard (235/40 ZR 18 at the front and 265/40 ZR 18 at the rear), while the Carrera S is equipped with larger 19s – 235/35 ZR 19 (front) and 295/30 ZR 19 (rear).

The new 911 models will be launched across continental Europe on July 17th and will go on sale throughout the UK from September 18th. The car will make its world Motor Show debut at the Paris Salon in September.

Prices are £58,380 for the Carrera and £65,000 for the Carrera S. UK specification for both models includes PSM, as well as full leather interior trim and graduated tinted windscreen.

The current range of four-wheel drive 911 models will continue in production for now.