2012 Porsche 911 (991) debuts in Germany [videos]

Launches later this year

Porsche has unveiled the 2012 911 (991) at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Built to usher in a new era of performance, the model has an evolutionary design that is instantly recognizable. Déjà vu aside, the car has a wider track and a wheelbase that has been stretched 100mm (3.9 inches).

Inside, the cabin is significantly improved with higher quality materials and a design that mimics the Panamera. Notable highlights include a sloping center console, additional trim and updated switchgear.

The entry-level Carrera has a 350 PS (257 kW / 345 hp) 3.4-liter engine which enables it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds (4.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package) and hit a top speed of 179 mph (288 km/h).

On the other hand, the Carrera S features a 3.8-liter engine with 400 PS (294 kW / 394 hp). It dashes from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds (3.9 seconds with the SC package) and tops out at 188 mph (302 km/h).

The 2012 Porsche 911 will go on sale later this year and pricing starts at €88,038 (£71,449 / $82,100).

Source: Porsche

World premiere at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show
The new Porsche 911 Carrera: Tradition meets modernity

Stuttgart. At 48, the Porsche 911 Carrera is younger than ever: The completely redesigned generation of the sports car icon is stepping into the limelight with its flat, stretched silhouette, exciting contours and precisely designed details, yet from the very first glance it remains unmistakably a 911. True to the 911 tradition, the distinctive Porsche design language with its tendons and muscles exudes power and elegance.

The 100 millimetre (~ 3.9 inches) longer wheelbase and reduced height combined with the up to 20-inch wheels underpin the athletic appearance. At the same time, the typical sports car compact exterior dimensions were retained. Seen from the front, the eye is drawn to the 911's trademark wide-arched wings. They emphasise the wider front track, so that the new 911 Carrera models sit even more solidly on the road. The remodelled exterior mirrors are accommodated on the upper edge of the door and not as before on the mirror triangle. Not only is this aerodynamically advantageous, it also emphasises the new design line and visual impression of width.

The all-new, lightweight body is an intelligent aluminium-steel construction. It is responsible for a significant proportion of the weight reduction of up to 45 kilograms. Combined with significantly greater rigidity. Aerodynamic optimisation - including a wider, variably extending rear spoiler - enabled the new 911 Carrera's lift to be reduced yet further while retaining a very good Cd value.

To complement the modern exterior design, the Porsche designers created an interior, the architecture of which takes its cue from the Porsche Carrera GT. The driver is now even more closely integrated with the cockpit thanks to the centre console rising up to the front with the high-mounted shift lever or gear selector located especially close to the steering wheel in typical motorsport fashion. Classic Porsche elements are also to be found inside, as they are on the outside: the instrument cluster with five round instruments - one of them a high resolution multifunction screen, the central rev counter and the ignition lock to the left of the steering wheel.

Setting the standard in its class, as it has for generations, the new 911 Carrera and Carrera S raise the performance and efficiency bar yet another notch. All versions get by with significantly less than ten litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (28 mpg imp.). Fuel consumption and emissions are up to 16 per cent lower compared with its predecessor. 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 Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) - sailing as it is called. The new electro-mechanical power steering offers not only Porsche's typical precision and feedback but also helps to increase efficiency and reduce fuel-consumption.

For example, the 911 Carrera with the new 350 hp (~ 257 kW) 3.4-litre boxer engine and optional PDK consumes a mere 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres (~ 34 mpg imp.) based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) - 1.6 l/100 km (~ 6 mpg imp.) less than its predecessor. Also, at 194 g/km CO2, it is the first Porsche sports car to make it below the 200 g/km mark. With the 911 Carrera S as well, with its 3.8-litre boxer engine and what is now 400 hp (~ 294 kW), fuel consumption when paired with the optional PDK is reduced by 14 per cent or 1.5 l/100 km (~ 5 mpg imp.) to 8.7 l/100 km (~ 32 mpg imp.) despite 15 hp (~ 11 kW) more power. That equates to CO2 emissions of 205 g/km.

At the same time there are performance improvements in both models. The 911 Carrera S with PDK manages to accelerate from nought to 100 km/h (~ 62 mph) in 4.3 seconds. Pressing the Sport Plus button on the optional Sport Chrono package cuts that to 4.1 seconds. The 911 Carrera with PDK needs only 4.6 seconds (Sport Plus 4.4 seconds) to sprint from a standing start to 100 km/h (~ 62 mph).

The new 911 doesn't just offer better longitudinal dynamics, however, but top performance at an unprecedented level in terms of transverse dynamics as well. 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 as well that further enhance the driving dynamics. That is especially true for the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active roll stabilisation system, available for the first time on the 911 Carrera S. For example, the system reduces lateral inclination when cornering, the tyres always being in the optimal position relative to the road surface and able to transmit higher lateral forces. Maximum cornering speeds are increased; even faster lap times on racing circuits are possible.

It has therefore been possible in the new model to extend yet further the span of apparently contradictory attributes such as performance and efficiency, sportiness and everyday practicality that has 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. The launch of the new 911 models gets under way on 3 December 2011, the new cars can be orderd from September 1st. Prices in Germany are 88,038 euro for the 911 Carrera and 102,436 euro for the 911 Carrera S, including 19 per cent VAT and market-specific equipment.

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enzo5775 enzo5775
dont you think the old one was better ?
Oct 4th, 2011 7:46am
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GTurbo GTurbo
The 911 design evolution redefined. Ferrari lack such inimitable DNA molecule and Porsche just keep saying, "Here's another one!" Perfection.
Sep 16th, 2011 5:48pm
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kits kits
Totally gorgeous, it's perfect! I agree with first line of cyberac...
Sep 16th, 2011 1:02pm
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StraightSix StraightSix
Most perfect car on this planet.
Sep 16th, 2011 9:23am
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A new Porsche 911 (991) has been unleashed in an evolutionary wonder of subtle yet strong design sense! Kudos to the Stuttgart famous R&D team for such a sportscar! Btw, it reminded me of the old time playing NFS Porsche Unleashed.. ahh.. those days!
Sep 15th, 2011 5:45pm
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Scuderia-Paul Scuderia-Paul
The only element I do not like are the LED lights above the front air intakes as to me it looks like they tried too hard with them - Just keep them the same width as the air intake... The rest of the car looks fantastic and I love the rear. Im not exactly a Porsche fan, although they make wonderful cars, and this new 911 is a Porsche I would actually like... particularly in silver or that navy blue.
Sep 15th, 2011 1:03pm
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khan khan
The rear slightly reminds me of A7
Sep 15th, 2011 10:14am
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cyberac cyberac
It's hard to imagine the next generation of 911 since this 991 design is so gorgeous!! Love the rear of the car. By the way, WCF, you should revise your price number at the end .... €88,038 is WAY more than $82,100. It's more like US$120,780 ... not that I can afford one even if it's $82,000! LOL
Sep 15th, 2011 8:39am
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eddie eddie
I have had a few exotics and it is hard to beat a 911. I have enjoyed there smaller dealerships where it is more one on one
Sep 15th, 2011 7:29am
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Sacto8780 Sacto8780
From what I've read, the first US-market cars won't arrive until around March 2012, about the same time as the new 991-based 911 Turbo....
Sep 15th, 2011 6:47am
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e36mmm e36mmm
My next car hopefully. Been waiting to own a 911 since I was 5 and almost there. This new 991 is just so sexy with wider track and lower roof. For me the rear is the new highlight. Just looks stunning and beautiful. Typical Porsche, never disappoints.
Sep 15th, 2011 3:49am
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coopergt coopergt
wow. Love at first bite.
Sep 15th, 2011 3:19am
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Mr_You Mr_You
So F'in Sexy!
Sep 15th, 2011 2:20am
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carbonjk carbonjk
Porsche 911= epitome of sports car. Absolutely awesome!
Sep 15th, 2011 1:40am
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Dragos_DreS Dragos_DreS
i'm gona be there next week just to see this new 911
Sep 14th, 2011 11:41pm
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progressive progressive
I feel you brother :) This is the closest thing to perfection car can get.
Sep 15th, 2011 1:17am
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