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Everyone loves free stuff, especially when it’s a free car. It’s even better when that car is a brand new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera. To kick off the 2012 ALMS season, Falken Tire launched a giveaway on its Facebook page where you simply have to “Like” the company and then compete on a Falken-branded racetrack in CityVille for a chance to win the 911.
The launch of the sweepstakes coincides with the team heading to the ALMS season opener at Sebring Raceway in Florida. Falken Tire will be coming with their 2012 Porsche GT3 RSR in the GT Class with veterans Wolf Henzler and Bryan Sellers behind the wheel. The sweepstakes will send on October 21st, 2012 so head on over to their Facebook page and get to liking and playing!
Porsche has just revealed official photos and full specifications on the all-new seventh-generation 911, confirming that it will in fact come with a world’s first 7-speed manual transmission. That add-on is, however, just one small aspect of this entirely new model, which grows in size, while adding performance and efficiency, not to mention a more luxurious cabin.
Starting under the hood, the base Carrera gets a new 3.4-liter flat-six engine with 350-hp, while the Carrera S is powered by a 3.8-liter version with 400-hp (up 15-hp). With a PDK 7-speed dual-clutch transmission the Carrera S can hit 60-mph in just 4.1 seconds, dropping that time to 3.9 seconds with an optional Sport Chrono Package. Carrera models are tested at 4.4 seconds, or 4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package.
Thanks to a weight reduction of 100 lbs, improved aerodynamics, as well as fuel saving technologies such as brake energy regeneration, a start/stop function and the ability of the 7-speed PDK transmission to “sail” or coast, Porsche is promising a 16 percent improvement in fuel economy.
Outside the new 911 gets a sleeker appearance thanks to a lowered overall height, not to mention a length that has grown by 3.9-inches. Inside, the 911 seems to have upped the luxury content considerably, with Porsche integrating some of the techniques first seen on the Panamera, while using a design similar to the Carrera GT.
Set to get its official reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September Carrera models will start from $82,100, with the Carrera S priced from $96,400. Cars will arrive in dealers this February.
GALLERY: 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S
With a planned debut at this Fall’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche has just released some must-watch video of the new 2012 911 undergoing final testing in South Africa.
Previous to this sneak peek, Porsche had released a selection of images, but they didn’t provide near the level of detail as this new video.
When it finally does arrive, look for a car that’s slightly longer than its predecessor with roughly four more inches between the wheels, although just a 2.2-inch increase in length overall. Carrera models are expected to get a 3.4-liter flat-six with 350-hp, while the S model will deliver a larger 3.8-liter engine producing 400-hp. Perhaps the most talked about addition, however, is a 7-speed manual transmission.
Acceleration times will drop slightly, while the new car is expected to post improved fuel economy numbers by as much as 15 percent. Porsche has even boasted the new 911 Carrera can lap the Nurburgring in 8:04, with the Carrera S running the Green Hell in 7:50.
GALLERY: 2012 Porsche 911
Watch the video after the jump: