2012 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S Photos, Specs Revealed

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S Photos, Specs Revealed

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

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