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Old 08-23-2011, 12:21 AM   #1
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2012 Porsche 911 revealed


Things happen in an orderly fashion in Germany. And so they do with the unveiling of new cars. The Porsche 911 most of all.

Every few years, Porsche makes enough substantial changes to its 48-year-old rear-engined sports car to categorize it as a new model. Then it begins rolling out one version after another until a couple dozen are out there, and the process starts all over again.

You may call it Sisyphean, but Porsche calls this progress. And even this process follows in an orderly fashion. So with the initial images already leaked out online and the new model's debut scheduled for the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, it only follows in typical Teutonic logic that Porsche now release the first batch of official photos and information on its new staple model.

The first model of any new generation of 911 is always the base Carrera, and so it is with the new 991 model. The biggest change is to the length, growing nearly four inches in wheelbase over the model it replaces yet hunkering down a bit lower. The side mirrors have also moved from the bottom-front corner of the side window frames to the top of the door itself. Otherwise, the lighter and more aerodynamic aluminum and steel body looks, well... like a 911. And that's the way Porsche (and, judging from its sales over the past 48 years of production, its customers) like it.

The interior, however, is substantially changed to a more enveloping environment familiar to anyone who's sat in a Panamera or Carrera GT.

Though the derivatives promise to come, as they always do, in droves, the new 911 is being initially launched in Carrera and Carrera S trims, packing a 3.4-liter flat six with 350 horsepower and a 3.8-liter unit with 400 hp, respectively.

Features like stop-start and a groundbreaking new seven-speed manual transmission improve fuel consumption and emissions figures while also returning smashing performance figures even at what will become the bottom end of the lineup: acceleration ranges from 4.4 seconds to 60 for the 911 Carrera down to 4.1 for the Carrera S with the PDK dual-clutch gearbox. Just wait until the new Turbo comes along.

The latest 911 will be available at U.S. dealerships starting in February 2012 with a base MSRP of $82,100 for the Carrera and $96,400 for the Carrera S, plus destination charges and before dipping into what will doubtlessly be an extensive list of options. We'll have more from the floor of the Frankfurt show in a few weeks, but for now you can scope out first official images in the high-resolution gallery and check out the official press release below.
source: autoblog

I think it looks good, especially the interior. And you have to love the 7 speed manual.
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