2012 Porsche 911 Carrera Revealed Ahead Of Frankfurt Debut
By: Carl Malek
After many months of teasing – not to mention several spy photos, including our own – Porsche has finally dropped the curtains on the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera (991) ahead of its impending debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.
One of the biggest changes that careful observers will notice on the 2012 Carrera is that it has been stretched in overall wheelbase, which makes the new car about 3.9 inches longer than the old 911 it replaces along with a roof that has been lowered to help create a more aggressive appearance. In addition to the increased length, the 2012 Carrera also benefits from a body that is made from an aluminum and steel composite which not only reduces the car’s weight, but also enhances the aerodynamics of the car as well. Other than the lighter body and a slight repositioning of the side mirrors to the tops of the doors. The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera manages to retain many of the same styling and basic visual elements that have been around since the car’s first generation almost a half century ago.
The interior of the new 911 has also been redone as well, and should look very familiar to Porsche enthusiasts that have spent time behind the wheel of the Carrera GT supercar. The cockpit of the new 911 is now much more driver friendly, with many controls and switches now much closer to the driver thanks to the use of a new center console that rises up towards the front which also helps put the gear shifter or selector much closer to the steering wheel than before. Porsche claims that this was designed to be similar in function to a race car.
As far as performance is concerned, the 2012 Carrera will initially launch with two available power plants. The base Carrera will feature a 3.4 liter rear mounted Boxer engine which is good for a stout 350 horsepower and a 4.6 second sprint to 60 MPH. Customers that opt for the Carrera S model will receive a 3.8 liter variant which makes a much more potent 400 horsepower, and can thunder its way to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds when equipped with Porsche’s optional PDK dual-clutch transmission. The power from both engines is routed to the rear wheels through either the optional PDK transmission or the world’s first seven speed manual gearbox.
In addition to improving the Carrera’s track times, Porsche designers have also claimed that they improved the 911’s fuel efficiency by 16 percent and reduced CO2 emissions by a similar amount. This is made possible thanks to the use of items such as the seven speed manual gearbox, thermal management, engine start-stop technology, and special electro-mechanical power steering tuned for maximum efficiency.
The 2012 Porsche 911 Carerra is expected to begin arriving at dealerships in early 2012 with the base Carrera beginning at an MSRP of $82,100 and the uplevel Carrera S for $96,400before destination charges and Porsche’s considerable option prices costs are applied.