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New 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera - Web Exclusive

The 911 Carrera is powered by a new 3.4-liter engine developing 350hp, and the Carrera S features a 400hp version of the familiar 3.8-liter.

Greg Emmerson
Aug 23, 2011 SHARE

The new 911 will make its world premiere at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Auto Show, on September 13. And while the new 911 Carrera looks similar to its 997 predecessor, its a completely new generation of the iconic coupe that has been around since its launch in 1963.

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True to the 911 tradition, the unmistakable silhouette catches the eye while incorporating new contours and precisely designed details. The wheelbase is 4” longer for improved stability and greater interior space; front and rear overhangs are shorter, maintaining the compact footprint; the stance is emphasized by the lower roof line and a wider front track increases on-road dynamics.

The rear-mounted, flat-six-cylinder engine is an equally symbolic component of the 911 identity; and behind the rear axle lies an uprated range of powerful and efficient ‘boxer’ engines.

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The 911 Carrera is powered by a new 3.4-liter engine developing 350hp, and the Carrera S features a 400hp version of the familiar 3.8-liter.

These new engines offer performance improvements for both models. The 3.4-liter Carrera with PDK accelerates from 0-62mph in 4.6 sec, 0.1 sec quicker than the prior model. Pressing the Sport Plus button on the optional Sport Chrono Pack cuts that to 4.4 sec.

The 3.8-liter Carrera S with PDK can accelerate from 0- 62 mph in 4.3 sec (Sport Plus 4.1 sec), 0.2sec quicker than its predecessor.

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Principle among the innovative steps forwards is the all-new, lightweight body, featuring aluminium-steel composite construction. It is responsible for a significant proportion of the weight reduction of up to 99 lb.

The body structure also delivers greater rigidity, and aerodynamic optimization – including a wider, variably-extending rear spoiler – has reduced lift while retaining an impressive overall drag factor.

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In addition to the longer wheelbase, greater agility, precision and stability are also thanks on the wider front track, new rear axle and electro-mechanical power steering.

Depending on the model, there are other standard or optional active control systems available as well that further enhance the 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 familiar athletic appearance of the 911 is given further dynamism with a longer wheelbase, reduced height, and up to 20” diameter wheels. Seen from the front, the eye is drawn to the trademark wide-arched fenders, emphasizing the wider track and making the new 911 Carrera adopt a sporting stance.

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The redesigned exterior mirrors are now mounted on the upper edge of the door and not on the mirror triangle as before. Not only is this aerodynamically advantageous, it emphasizes the new design line.

To complement the exterior, the Porsche designers created an interior which takes its cue from the Carrera GT. The driver is now more closely integrated with the cockpit thanks to the center console rising to the front with the high-mounted shift lever located close to the steering wheel in motorsport fashion.

Setting the standard in its class, the new 911 Carrera and Carrera S raise the performance and efficiency standard to new levels. Fuel consumption and emissions of all versions are up to 16 per cent lower compared with its predecessors. Among other things, this is achieved by systems and functions such as auto start/stop, thermal management, electrical system recuperation, the world’s first seven-speed manual transmission and – in conjunction with the PDK – a ‘coasting’ function that decouples the engine for enhanced fuel efficiency when the throttle is closed.

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The new electro-mechanical power steering system also helps reduce fuel consumption. For example, the 911 Carrera with the new 350hp 3.4-liter direct injection engine and optional PDK returns 28.6mpg Combined (US) based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) – 6mpg less than its predecessor. Also, at 194 g/km CO2, it is the first Porsche sports car to sit below 200 g/km CO2.

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