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2012 Porsche 911 To Get More Alterations Than Expected

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On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 5:38PM | By: Chris Weiss

2012 Porsche 911 To Get More Alterations Than Expected

New reports indicate that the 2012 Porsche 911, which we're expecting to see for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show next fall, will get more significant updating than originally believed. The car is rumored to have a completely new set of dimensions in addition to smaller, more efficient engines. However, since it's a 911, it should look exactly the same.

The latest word out of Germany brings some hard numbers to the new dimensions of the 911. The 2012 model gets run through the stretcher for an additional 56 mm of length. The wheelbase is also 10 mm longer. Meanwhile, Porsche smacks the roof down by 11 mm, giving the car a slightly lower profile.

Despite the extra length, the new 911 will weigh about 45 lbs. less than the outgoing model. The width is the only major measurement to remain the same from the last-generation 911, but the Carrera version will be 60 mm wider in back.

Following the lead of other Porsche models before it, the 911 will get more efficient thanks to slightly revised engines. On the entry level model, the 3.6-liter V6 shrinks ever-so-slightly down to 3.4 liters. It'll put out 345 horses and power the base 911 to 62 in 4.8 seconds on the way to a 180 mph top speed. The Carrera S version will get a revised 3.8-liter V6 engine worth 395 horses. That model will hit 62 in 4.5 seconds with a 188 mph top speed. Overall, the new engines are expected to boost the 911's fuel economy by about 13.5 percent.

The new engines will also be delivering torque onto a redesigned rear axle. The base 911 will wear 19-inch wheels while the Carrera S will have 20s.

There's plenty of time between now and September to find out any additional details.


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