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Porsche Unveils The 2012 911 In North America

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On: Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 3:02PM | By: Peter C Sessler

Porsche Unveils The 2012 911 In North America

Porsche fans who attended the Rennsport Reunion IV last week got an extra bonus. The race event held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, was the first event in the Rennsport series. The Rennsport series was the first to be held on the West Coast, and it attracted the largest crowd in event history—this was the largest gathering of Porsche fans. Fans got to see lots of Porsches—indeed, they got to see some of the most successful Porsche racing cars in the history of the marque.

It was also an opportune time for Porsche to release the new 2012 911 Carrera for the first time in North America. This was the thoroughly redesigned car, known internally as the 991. If you were expecting a “new” Porsche, well, you should know by now that Porsche doesn’t really redesign the 911. In fact, the first 911 released in 1965 bears a strong resemblance to the “new” 911. Of course, the new car boasts reduced weight, increased power, and some of the latest technology inside and out, but in terms of looks, the new 2012 911 is very, very similar to the 2011. However, this is a good time to increase prices, so expect that.

The base model 911 Carrera has a 3.4 liter engine that pumps out 350hp, while the Carrera S model engine has a rating of 400hp from its 3.8 liter motor. The aluminum/steel composite body loses about 100 lbs (45kg) weight than the 2011 model, and this improves rigidity and reducing front and rear lift. A new seven-speed manual PDK double-clutch transmission, with start/stop functionality, and improved cooling improves efficiency and emissions when compared to the 2011 model. The wheelbase is increased by 3.9 inches (this is substantial for Porsche) allowing for more interior room. Additionally, the car has a wider track, a new rear axle, and new electro-mechanical power steering. The Carrera can be equipped with the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, which is an active roll stabilization system. 0-60 times are 4.4 seconds for the standard Carrera and 4.1 seconds for the Carrera S; with the optional Sport Chrono package launch control, 0-60 times are reduced to 4.2 seconds and 3.9 seconds for the base and S models.

Externally, the car has new LED head and tail-lamps, and the side mirrors are now mounted on the upper surface of the doors. The interior has a multifunction LCD display as well.

The MSRP for the new car is slated to be $82,100 for the Carrera, and $96,400 for the Carrera S.

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