2012 Porsche 911 configurator goes online in the UK

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 16, 2011

This weekend, watch out for the official arrival of the new Porsche 911 Carrera at all Porsche Centres in the UK. This sports coupe is a totally new generation model. To mark its launch, Porsche is calling on fans to use the car configurator on porsche.co.uk to create the 911 of their dreams.

Those who will participate are advised to really make it awesome because one participant’s design will be chosen at random and this car will be built to his or her exact specifications.

The deadline of entries is on the midnight of Jan. 31, 2012. The winner will be asked to go to the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone where the ‘perfect 911’ will be handed over during next summer on a half-day program. Using the new Porsche 911 configurator is already a wonderful experience in itself. Very realistic images are created with the use of the newest 3D computer modeling.

Viewers get the chance to consider the various color combinations and explore in detail the available optional dynamic and cosmetic features that are being offered.

The configurator also allows anyone to compute the personalized finance examples as soon as the car specification is configured. There are other exciting options, one of which is to play with the engine sound of the car.

One thing that makes the 911 Carrera unique is that it is a sports car that has been fitted with the auto start/stop function, a first for Porsche. With this, the 911 Carrera is able to save as much as, under the New European Driving Cycle, 0.6 liters for every 100 kilometers. Paired to this function is the manual transmission and the Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, or PDK.

Speaking of transmissions, it will be the first passenger car to have as standard the manual seven-speed transmission. This same transmission is mainly inspired on the 7-speedPDK module, which is typically offered as an option. Because of how the first six gears have a close ratio, it ensures that the driver can attain that excellent acceleration capability.

In addition, because of the quasi-overdrive qualities of the seventh gear, it enhances fuel economy. As if that is not enough, having a joint thermal management system for the transmission and engine plus the recuperation of the on-board electrical system improves the fuel economy of the new 911 Carrera by an additional 0.35 1/100 kilometers.

By utilizing a cooling design, it ensured that there would be no need for ventilation openings on its underbody which also provides aerodynamic benefits and thus increases performance. In terms of design, the stylistic evolution of this new offering is clear no matter where one looks. Its front end for example has not only been redesigned and made wider but is fitted with new headlights with the side air intakes now larger.

On the rear, the variably extending spoiler is now wider as well, highlighting the fact that the 911 Carrera does have power output that is greater. Rounding off the look of the rear are the lights that are not only narrower and redesigned but they also utilize LED technology.

Looked at from the side, it has a new style with the windscreen now being more convex and with larger wheel. These ensure that the 911 Carrera gets a livelier stance and a quality comparable to a coupe.

These design changes when combined with the various optimized aerodynamic features result in reduced lift but with still excellent cd value. With an advanced lightweight body made of aluminum-steel mixed in with different functions and new parts, it helps in both driving dynamics and efficiency. Indeed, the new 911 Carrera is able to bring in new standards when it comes to Porsche Intelligent Performance.

For models with the PDK transmission, it will also be a first for a sports car which is the sailing function. What this does is that depending on what the situation is, once the driver takes the foot off the accelerator, the engine of the 911 Carrera is automatically disengaged from its transmission.

It thus continues to move while the engine is idle. This function, on a daily drive, allows the new model to save fuel by as much as 1liter for every 100 kilometers. This is significant especially when running at high speeds as it can improve fuel economy.

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