Porsche announces winter driving courses for the all-new 911

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 25, 2011

If you are a fan of the recently unveiled 2012 Porsche 911, you will have to know that the German manufacturer will be offering again the extensive range of attractive driver safety training courses and exclusive excursions. Now, all the sports car enthusiasts will have the chance to drive and test the new Porsche 911 in extreme conditions.

The courses will take place the far north of Finland in extreme conditions and participants will learn how to master their vehicles in icy but controlled conditions through three progressive proficiency levels – Precision, Performance and Master.

For the moment, participants will be able to drive the 911 Carrera and the Carrera S, as these are the only new models introduced by Porsche. The 911 Carrera is powered by a 3.4-litre boxer engine delivering 350 hp (~ 257 kW) and can spring 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.

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S is powered by a 3.8-litre boxer engine delivering 400 hp (~ 294 kW) and capable t sring frm 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.

911 Carrera is available for 88,038 euro (including 19 per cent VAT), while for the 2012 Carrera S you will have to pay 102,436 euro (including 19 per cent VAT).

The design and proportions of the new Porsche 911 Carrera evolved along with the progression in automotive technology. Compared to its predecessor, the new generation Porsche 911 Carrera features a wheelbase that has been stretched by 100 mm (3.94 inches). At an overall length of under 4.5 meters (176.81 inches), the new Porsche 911 Carrera is around 56 mm (2.20 inches) longer than the previous model, while its front and rear overhangs are now shorter by 32 mm (1.26 inches) and 12 mm (0.47 inches) respectively.

Its length and max width of around 1.8 meters (71.18 inches) makes it the new most compact sports car in its class. Its roofline, meanwhile, is around seven and six millimeters lower than that of the previous model and of the Carrera S, respectively. Despite this, maximum headroom is still the same. In fact, Coupé models with an electric slide/tilt type sunroof, boasts of 15-mm expanded headroom. Compared to the previous model, the new generation 911 Carrera features a revised, wider front end with new headlights as well as larger side air intakes.

Its sides are accentuated by newly styled larger alloy wheels as well as more convex windscreen. The rear end, meanwhile, features a wider, variably extending rear spoiler that -- along with an array of other aerodynamic optimizations -- helps lower aerodynamic lift and retains a good Cd value. In addition, the rear end of the new 911 Carrera features redesigned narrower LED lights.

Interestingly, nearly 90 percent of the components of the new Porsche 911 Carrera have undergone redesign or redevelopment. As it is, the Porsche 911 Carrera is setting new standards in Porsche Intelligent Performance thanks to its innovative aluminum-steel lightweight body as well as a collection of new components and functions that further improve its overall efficiency and driving dynamics. Backed by new suspension systems, the 911 Carrera offers better driving dynamics while boasting of 16-percent lower fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

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