Porsche has just unveiled yesterday in advance of their formal reveal, scheduled for the Frankfurt auto show in September its new sporty icon – the 2012 911 (991) Carrera.
The newest 911, known as the 991 model, includes many big changes over the previous version, the 997. It is a step forward in performance.
The basic 991 Carrera gets a “downsized” 3.4-litre flat six engine capable of 350 horsepower, but the Carrera S achieves 400 hp from a 3.8-litre, which gets better fuel economy and substantially better performance – zero to 100km/h is now achievable in 4.1 seconds when equipped with Porsche’s automatic transmission and launch control.
Porsche designers added 100mm to the wheelbase and lowered the whole body on its 20in wheels, and widened the wings and front track. While quite a bit heavier than the original, the new 911 is nearly 100 pounds lighter than the 997. More changes that are mechanical include the use of Start-Stop as well as an electromechanical steering for the first time on the 911 as Porsche aims to reduce its overall CO2 rating.
Also contributing to efficiency is the world’s first seven-speed manual gearbox, which we’d imagine would keep you quite busy behind the wheel but if that’s too much effort Porsche’s familiar PDK double-clutch automated gearbox is also available.
The 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S can be ordered as of now starting from 91,041 USD for the 911 Carrera and 107,796 USD for the 911 Carrera S (GCC). First deliveries can be expected in the first quarter of 2012.