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NEW 2012 Porsche Carrera

Posted: August 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Fast, Faster, Fastest, Favorite New Thought, Grilled, porsche | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on NEW 2012 Porsche Carrera

At nearly 50, the Porsche 911 Carrera is apparently younger than ever. The completely redesigned seventh-generation sports car icon is stepping into the limelight with its sleek and stretched silhouette, exciting contours and precisely designed features. Yet from every angle it is unmistakably a 911, holding true to the Porsche 911 Carrera ‘evolution, not revolution’ design philosophy.


The iconic brand-defining Porsche 911 Carrera has finally been redesigned. The latest incarnation will be seen for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera is lighter, more economical, more powerful, cleaner, oh and orders are being taken from September 1, with deliveries beginning December 3. After 48 years, the 911 remains a rear-engined, boxer six with vague styling similarities to the 956 and Volkswagen Beetle DNA, but the 911 name still represents excellence, performance and a badge of success.

The 100 mm or 3.9 inch longer wheelbase and reduced overall height underpin the fresh, athletic yet elegant appearance. When viewed from the front, the eye is drawn to the 911’s trademark wide-arched fenders, emphasizing the wider front track. The side mirrors are now mounted on the upper edge of the door, which also helps highlight the new design line and gives the visual impression of width.

The new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera seems lower, flatter and longer than the current 911, though in reality, the wheelbase is just 100 mm longer. The new aluminum and steel body is largely responsible for the car’s 45 kg weight reduction, though, truth be known, many of the people who will buy this car might be carrying that much extra weight on their person – the biggest advantage will be the increased rigidity of the new body. When combined with the greater structural rigidity and optimized aerodynamics – including a wider, variably extending rear spoiler – the new 911 Carrera’s front and rear lift has been reduced to near zero while retaining the Cd value of 0.29.

Setting the standard in its class, as it has for generations, the new 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S raise the performance and efficiency bar yet another notch. All versions get by with significantly less than 10 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (official U.S. EPA fuel mileage estimates are TBD) and fuel consumption and emissions are up to 16 percent lower in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) when compared with the predecessor. This is achieved through systems such as the Automatic Start Stop function, engine and transmission thermal management, electrical system recuperation, the world’s first seven-speed manual transmission and – in conjunction with the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) – the ability to ‘sail’ or coast. The new electro-mechanical power steering offers not only Porsche’s typical precision and feedback but also helps increase efficiency and reduce fuel-consumption.

For example, the 911 Carrera with the new 350 hp, 3.4-liter boxer engine and optional PDK consumes 8.2 l/100 km based on the NEDC – 1.6 l/100 km less than its predecessor.

The 911 Carrera S with its 400 hp, 3.8-liter boxer engine – 15 hp more than before – achieves 8.7 l/100 km in the NEDC when paired with the optional PDK transmission. This represents a fuel consumption decrease of 14 percent or 1.5 l/100 km.

One of the interesting aspects of the new 911 is its aerodynamic optimization with a wider, variably-extending rear spoiler. Just as F1 cars can reduce their drag coefficient (Cd) for passing, both new 911 Carreras can reduce high speed lift while retaining efficient aerodynamics.

One of the many interesting aspects of the new 911 Carrera is the pricing which it will command in various markets around the world.

The announced pricing in some of the markets for which the car is destined is wildly disparate, for example: The Carrera S – the one to want – will land in Australia late March 2012 at a cost of $US241,500. The SAME car will arrive in the US January 2012 and cost $US91,000, please don’t get us started. There’s a heap of good stuff to say about living downunder, brilliant place to live, unless of course you own a Porsche, that feeling of being fiddled with never really goes away!

Of course, it’s easy to moan a bit about pricing, end of the day the 911 Carrera S is by far still one of the most desirable autos on the tarmac.

The 911 Carrera S with PDK accelerates from 0 to 60 in 4.1 seconds. Using the Launch Control function of the optional Sport Chrono Package cuts that to 3.9 seconds. The 911 Carrera with PDK needs only 4.4 seconds to sprint from a standing start to 60 mph (4.2 seconds when using the optional Sport Chrono Package’s Launch Control function). Top-track speed for the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera is 188 mph and 179 mph, respectively.

The new 911 Carrera and Carrera S have made some major advances in reducing fuel consumption and emissions thanks to an array of systems standard in the new car, such as auto start/stop, thermal management, electrical system recuperation, a seven-speed manual transmission or the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission, and electro-mechanical power steering.

Handling has been further improved in a number of different ways on the new Porsche’s with the technological gem of the bunch being the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) which gets its first public outing on a production Porsche on the Carrera S.

PDCC is an active roll stabilization system which reduces lateral inclination when cornering, enabling the tires to remain in an optimal position relative to the road surface and hence able to transmit higher lateral forces. Porsche claims that cornering speeds have been increased by PDCC, with faster lap times resulting from the system as well as greater passive safety due to increased traction when it is most needed.

The new 911 offers both better longitudinal dynamics and unprecedented top performance in terms of transverse dynamics. In addition to the longer wheelbase, the greater agility, precision and driving stability are based, among other things, on the wider front track, the new rear axle and new electro-mechanical power steering. Depending on the model, there are other standard or optional active control systems available that can help further enhance the overall driving dynamics. That is especially true for the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active roll stabilization system, available for the first time on the 911 Carrera S. The system helps reduce lateral roll when cornering and helps keep the tires in the optimal position relative to the road surface.

The new 911 further extends the span of seemingly contradictory attributes such as performance and efficiency, sportiness and every day practicality that have always typified the Porsche 911. That makes the 911 Carrera more of a 911 than ever. The new Porsche 911 Carrera celebrates its world premiere at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

To complement the modern exterior design, Porsche designers created an interior reminiscent of the Carrera GT. The driver is now even more closely integrated within the cockpit thanks to the rising center console and high-mounted shift lever or gear selector located close to the steering wheel. As with the exterior, classic Porsche elements abound inside. Present is the instrument cluster with five round gauges – one of them a high resolution multifunction screen, and of course the central tachometer and the ignition lock to the left of the steering wheel.

The first new 911 models will arrive in U.S. dealerships beginning in late January 2012. The new 911 Carrera Coupe will have a base MSRP of $82,100, while the 911 Carrera S Coupe’s base MSRP will be $96,400 (excluding destination). Both models will include substantial additional equipment when compared to the previous models.

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