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Teased for many months, Porsche recently revealed the all-new 2012 911 and then showed us just how different the new shape is with a selection of impressive photos. Set to be officially revealed at the Frankfurt Auto Show we now have the first in-the-flesh pics of Porsche’s best-selling sports car from a private showing at the Porsche Museum.
Adding luxury, performance and even fuel economy the new Carrera comes powered by a 3.4-liter flat-six engine with 350-hp, allowing for a 4.4 second 0-60 mph time (4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package). Carrera S models get a 3.8-liter flat-six with 400-hp, good for a 4.1 second 0-60 time (3.9 with the Sport Chrono Package and PDK).
Longer by 3.9-inches, the new 911 also has a shorter overall height.
Fuel saving technologies such as a start/stop system, brake energy regeneration and a world’s first 7-speed manual transmission help improve fuel economy. Also helping are better aerodynamics and a 100 lb weight savings over the outgoing model.
On sale in February, Carrera models will start from $82,100, with Carrera S models priced from $96,400.
GALLERY: 2012 Porsche 911
While the reveal of an all-new Porsche 911 is certainly huge news in the auto industry, it’s perhaps less thrilling knowing that the car isn’t some dramatic new design, but just a new rendition on the classic lines of the German sports car. Then again, these photos might change your mind.
Porsche has just released a selection of high-gloss pics, highlighting the car’s longer and lower shape, with a more pointed front end. It’s still undeniably a Porsche, but it’s nice to see the German sports car maker has finally loosened the handcuffs on its design department – if only slightly.
The car itself has a lower overall height and is longer than the outgoing 911 by 3.9-inches. New Carrera models get a 3.4-liter flat-six engine with 350-hp, while the Carrera S is powered by a 3.8-liter version with 400-hp. Carrera models are capable of a 4.4 seconds 0-60 time, or 4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package. Carrera S models can hit 60-mph in just 4.1 seconds, dropping that time to 3.9 seconds with an optional Sport Chrono Package.
Priced at $82,100 for the Carrera, Carrera S models start at $96,400. Look for more details from the ar’s official reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month.
GALLERY: 2012 Porsche 911
Eager to know what the next-generation Porsche 911 will look like ahead of its Frankfurt Auto Show unveiling? Wait no longer!
Caught gassing-up in Stuttgart, Germany just over a month ahead of the car’s official reveal, the new shape varies little from the previous model (as expected), although the longer overall size is unmistakable.
Stretching 2.2-inches longer than the current model, the 991 version promises a wheelbase that is longer by 4-inches. The growth of the car has been linked to accommodate a possible hybrid system. The base 911 while come with a 3.4-liter flat-six and 350-hp. The Carrera S will pack a 3.8-liter cranking out 400-hp. And perhaps most exciting of all is the addition of a new 7-speed manual transmission.
Performance numbers will be somewhat similar to the current model, with a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds for the base Carrera topping out at 186 mph. Impressively the 991 will be 12-15 percent more fuel efficient and weigh 55 pounds less. Porsche has stated the the Carrera completed the Nürburgring in 8:04, and the Carrera S in 7:50.
With how relaxed Porsche now is with driving the uncovered cars in public, look for official press pics and info soon – possibly this week.
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