Porsche 911 Carrera wins “red dot award: product design 2012” image

The Porsche 911 has become a design classic long since. On the basis of the well-known basic shape, the current Porsche 911 Carrera consistently continues the visual language of the 911.

In the world of sports cars it’s a magical number, the barrier between mere excellence and exaltation.

The Porsche 911 Carrera has been awarded the prestigious “red dot award: product design 2012”.

The design icon wowed the 30-strong international jury of experts with its unique design language combining innovation and tradition, power and elegance. In the course of the competition, the 911 prevailed against more than 4,500 product designs from 58 countries, the German automaker said.

This prize also pays tribute to the life’s work and achievements of Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who died in Salzburg on 5 April 2012 at the age of 76. As the creator of the Porsche 911, he established a design culture at Porsche that has shaped the Stuttgart sports cars to this very day.

The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera is powered by a new 3.4-liter boxer 6-cylinder and generates 350-hp, while the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S is powered by a 3.8 liter boxer making 400-hp. Both the engines are available with a seven-speed manual gearbox or the seven-speed dual-clutch Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) automatic.

With a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds, this is one of the quickest 400 hp cars ever made and, despite the luxury that surrounds you, it feels every tenth of it. If you shelled out for the $2950 Sport Exhaust System (the checkbook is open, so just do it) you hear it too.