2012 Porsche 911 (991) shows up in official video

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 1, 2011

Porsche has not made nearly as much effort in promoting the new generation of 911 sportscar as the Toyota has done for the Camry. So far, Porsche has only revealed a teaser video of a heavily disguised 911 Carrera S being driven through the Arctic. It is reminiscent of how Ferrari marketed the FF.

Porsche has recently shown a first preview that many regard as underwhelming considering that rivals like the BMW 1-Series M Coupe and the Aventador have had very dramatic videos to mark their entry to the market.

It’s likely because Porsche has a lot of confidence in the model. In this short clip, the flat-six 3.8-liter engine of the Carrera S made a distinct metallic sound while it delivers 400hp. This is 15hp higher than the previous generation. What makes this feat more impressive is that the new aluminum-steel body is lighter by up to 45 kg (99.2 pounds).

As a result of the modifications, the car is now faster and is more economical. A PDK transmission is available as an extra. With this equipment, the Carrera S can accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.3 seconds. But when equipped with the Sport Chrono package, it could sprint as fast as 4.1 seconds. It has CO2 emissions of only 205 grams/km.

Interestingly, around 90 percent of the components of the latest generation of the Porsche 911 Carrera, have been redesigned or redeveloped. Moreover, the Coupé promises to provide a much improved Porsche Intelligent Performance by featuring a new lightweight aluminum-steel body, more drivetrain efficiencies and new suspension systems. This improvement was evident in its improved dynamics, lower fuel usage (up to 16 percent) and lower emissions.

In terms of dimensions, the new Porsche 911 Carrera is around 4.5 meters (176.81 inch) long and 1.8 meters (71.18 inch) wide, which makes it the most compact sports car in its class. Compared to its predecessor, the new 911 Carrera has a longer wheelbase (plus 100 mm or 3.94 inches), shorter overall length (minus 56 mm or 2.20 inches), and shorter overhangs (minus 32 mm or 1.26 inch at the front and minus 12 mm or 0.47 inches at the rear). Moreover, the roofline of the new Porsche 911 Carrera is around 7mm and 6mm lower than that of its predecessor and the Carrera S, respectively.

Despite that, the headroom remains the same while the measurement for the Coupés with a sunroof – featuring electric slide/tilt – surged by 15 mm. Its coupé-like character is augmented by its new side styling, larger alloy wheels and more convex windscreen.

It is fitted with wider front end with larger air intakes and new headlights. On the rear, the Porsche 911 Carrera features a wider, variably extending spoiler that helps lower aerodynamic lift while providing the car with a good Cd value. Accentuating the rear end of the Porsche 911 Carrera are redesigned, narrower LED units. Meanwhile, the 911 Carrera S is fitted, as standard, with Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) that allows for improved tracking and tracking stability and enables reduced sensitivity to load changes. PVT works with a seven-speed manual transmission to serve as a mechanical rear differential lock and variable torque distribution to the rear axle.

Meanwhile, 911 Carrera S models with Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) feature PTV Plus with electronically controlled, fully variable, rear differential lock. Both the PTV and PTV Plus help enhance the car’s agility and steering precision by implementing selective braking to the inside rear wheel. 911 Carrera customers may avail of PTV and PTV Plus as an option. Inside, the cabin of the new 911 Carrera is well inspired by the Porsche Carrera GT.

The current configuration -- the center console rising up to the front and the gear lever or gear selector placed near to the steering wheel -- allows the driver to be more closely integrated with the cockpit. In an amazing manner, the buttons for the most relevant vehicle function and settings are clustered logically on the center console. Likewise, a larger seven-inch touch screen is placed on the center of the redesigned dashboard, allowing drivers to control a number of functions.

Of course, the 911 Carrera is laden with several classic Porsche elements like the five round instruments, the centrally located rev counter and the ignition lock placed on the left of the steering wheel. Front occupants are treated to newly developed sports seats with electric four-way adjustment. Also available are the options sports seat with 14- and 18-way adjustment.

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