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We were blessed to see the new Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S released at the LA Auto Show, and the 911 Cabrio will be introduced at the upcoming Detroit Motor Show next January. Porsche has decided to release pricing ahead of its debut for the Netherlands market, which gives us a general idea of what to expect.
It’s worth mentioning that the Dutch pay hefty taxes on their vehicles – a regular 19-percent tax and an additional luxury tax called BPM. So with that in mind, reports are coming in that the 991 Cabriolet Carrera will start at an astonishing $176,970 based on today’s conversion rates. The seven-speed PDK is listed for $177,440 while the convertible Carrera S starts at $203,300.
Removing the BPM tax from the equation, the Cabriolet should start at around $137,935 in Germany. We’re going to assume North American prices will be less but the Europeans will clearly be paying a premium to enjoy an open-top 911.
[Source: GT Spirit]
Porsche‘s Camp4 Canada will return to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec for another season starting January 31st until February 6th. A new course, dubbed “Camp4S” wil continue from February 7th to February 10th.
Camp4S will expand on the skills taught at Camp4, but will only be offered for one wave. Otherwise, participants can expect a similar experience to ours when we attended Camp4 in February 2011. Of note is the addition of a fleet of new 991-chassis Porsche 911 Carrera S models, and a new off-track base at the Esterel Suites Spa & Lake hotel.
Pricing for Camp4 will be $4,995, with Camp4S pricing to be announced later. The standard course lasts two days, but one day programs will be available for corporate functions. Participants can register at porsche.ca/camp4 or by calling 1-800-Porsche.
What we have here are the clearest photos of the 2012 Porsche 911 – codenamed 991. The photos certainly look part, and according to the Spanish language site where the appeared, the graphic artist at work simply removed the camouflage and photoshopped the cars into a very Porsche-looking backdrop.
According to previous reports, the 991 will be longer, lighter and more powerful than the 997, with an appropriate boost in fuel efficiency to placate environmental types.
Gallery: 2012 Porsche 911
The eagerly anticipated 2012 Porsche 911 has been spied with almost no camouflage, which is a big change.
The new 911 will be a little longer than the last one, by 2.2 inches, but with 4 inches extra between the wheelbase. 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. The car is also believed to be offered with a seven-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.
The Porsche 911 will makes it’s official debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September.
GALLERY: Porsche 991
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There are a few guarantees when it comes to a new Porsche. For one, you can guarantee that it will feature the highest technological advancements that focused German engineering can achieve, all measured by Nürburging lap-slaying metrics.
And you can also guarantee that Porsche will evolve its 911 as slowly as actual evolution, slavishly keeping to tradition: its flat-six engine will be imprisoned behind the rear wheels and that it will look exactly the same as the last one. Because if it didn’t, imagine the wrath of legions of Porsche fans. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria! However, the specs recently released on the next 911—known internally and to enthusiasts as the 991—should appease the masses.
The new Porsche will be slightly longer than the last one, by 2.2 inches but 4 inches in wheelbase. Sources with Porsche’s engineering team believe this is to accommodate a possible hybrid system. But for now, the venerable flat-six gets direct injection and a 3.4-liter, 350 horsepower engine in the base Carrera that’s shared with the Boxster, while the Carrera S gets 3.8 liters and 400 horsepower. The manual transmission gains a cog to 7, and the doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK, in less Germanic terms) will also have the same number of gears.
Performance will be similar to that of the current model, with a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds for the base Carrera and a top speed of 186mph. But what’s more, the 991 will be 12-15% more fuel efficient, and lighter by 55 pounds—so those times may be even more forgiving. According to Porsche, the 991 Carrera ran the Nürburgring in 8:04, and the Carrera S 7:50. Those figures will be the source of much contentious debate when the next 911 debuts in September, though hopefully without ghostly or otherworldly implications.
Look for the 2012 Porsche 911 to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September.
[Source: Car & Driver via TeamSpeed]