2012 Porsche 911 is 13 seconds faster on the Nurburgring than the previous model

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 21, 2011

As you may know already, Porsche unveiled this summer the all-new 911, a new version of the most popular sports car found on the market. The new car showed a new design for the exterior and the interior as well as new engines. For the moment, the German manufacturer unveiled the Carrera and the Carrera S versions of the 911, but engineers are currently working on all the versions offered by the previous versions.

The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera is powered by a 3.4-litre boxer engine delivering 350 hp (~ 257 kW), enough to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds when paired with the PDK, and in just 4.4 seconds when using the Sport Plus.

The car still offers a fuel consumption of just 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres (~ 34 mpg imp.) and 194 g/km CO2, with 1.6 l/100 km (~ 6 mpg imp.) less than its predecessor. The 911 Carrera S is powered by a 3.8-litre boxer engine delivering 400 hp (~ 294 kW) and can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just in 4.3 seconds and in just 4.1 seconds when using the optional Sport Chrono package.

The 911 Carrera S has a fuel consumption of 8.7 l/100 km (~ 32 mpg imp.), when paired with the PDK. It is obvious that the new car was hardly improved and as a result, the 2012 Porsche 911 is 13 seconds faster around the Nurburgring than the previous model.

According to GoAuto, the car managed to lap the well known race track in 7 minutes and 40 seconds, which means that the vehicle is as fast as the previous generation 911 GT3.

The difference between the latest generation of Porsche 911 Carrera and the old version is like morning and night. How come? Nearly ninety percent of the components are totally new. We cannot expect anything less from Porsche.

Still, the latest 911 Carrera is quite practical even for everyday use. The Intelligent Performance improves CO2 emissions and saves on fuel by at least sixteen percent.

Aside from the highly advanced technology, Porsche redeveloped and redesigned the coupé with new improved suspensions, more efficient drivetrains and lighter weight.

The new car has longer wheelbase by 10mm and 56mm overall length for the body. However, the overhangs are shorter by 12mm at the rear and 32mm at the front. Out of all these changes, the new Carrera is still one of the compact cars in the segment. As a whole, the new 911 only measures 4.5mm (or less), with width of up to just 1.8metres wide.

If we will compare the new generation of Carrera with the former model or even that of the Carrera S, the roofline is significantly lower by six to seven millimetres. What’s so amazingly good about this, the lower roof still offers the same amount of headroom or even better by 15mm. And the coupé even has a new sunroof to go with it.

More than anything, the Porsche 911 has the new unbeatable style. The side view shows the coupé’s sportier identity with its larger alloy wheels and bigger side air intakes. On the other hand, the windscreen’s convex shape, wider front end, extended rear spoilers and narrower taillights increase the 911’s powerful presence on the road.

The new Carrera is built with super lightweight aluminium for superior driving dynamics. Porsche improved the Carrera’s aerodynamics for a similarly impressive lift and coefficient of drag. Besides, the designers employed Porsche’s Intelligent Performance as a standard feature.

For the first time however, the German car manufacturer offers the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) on the new 911. The purpose of this is to improve tracking and stability as well as allow the vehicle to adjust to different loads.

Likewise, the PTV works on vehicles with 7-speed PDK dual clutch automatic transmission. This electronically controlled torque-vectoring unit is built-in with fully variable, rear differential lock. Therefore, the new Porsche Carrera provides better precision for a more agile performance anywhere you drive.

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