As you may know already, Porsche introduced the all-new 911 (also called 991) at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Honestly to tell you we consider this premiere the most important for 2011 as the new Porsche 911 is definitely the car we want. Moreover, it appears that the 2012 Porsche 911 was Frankfurt’s online superstar, according to a recent Kantar Media Precis study.
With the 911, the German manufacturers dominate when it came to Web coverage of the biennial event. The second important car that had its premiere in Frankfurt was the 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class, followed by the Bmw i3 Concept, the Audi Urban Concept and the Ford Evos Concept.
It appears that Audi and Ford brands were very popular among bloggers but also YouTube users, as the A2 Concept and the Urban Concept ranked No. 2 and No. 5 respectively. The Ford Focus ST and the Evos Concept got the third and fourth spots based on 5,666 social media posts, same study showed. Regarding the car that made us drool, the 2012 Porsche 911, we will tell you what you need to know.
First of all, the new car is with 45 kilograms lighter than the current model and has a longer wheelbase (with 100 millimetre or 3.9 inches).
The 911 Carrera is powered by a 3.4-litre boxer engine delivering 350 hp (~ 257 kW) and capable to offer 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 car is able to hit 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 911 Carrera S is powered by a 3.8-litre boxer engine delivering 400 hp (~ 294 kW) and a fuel consumption of 8.7 l/100 km (~ 32 mpg imp.), when paired with the PDK. It can accelerate 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 2012 Porsche 911 is priced from 88,038 euro (including 19 per cent VAT), while the 2012 Carrera S you is priced from 102,436 euro (including 19 per cent VAT).
One way that the Porsche 911 Carrera is able to set new benchmarks in its segment is through the Porsche Intelligent Performance. Under this, its lightweight body is composed of aluminum steel and then mixed with a number of new functions and components, resulting in better efficiency and better driving dynamics. In addition, it is considered as the first passenger vehicle worldwide to have as standard the manual 7-speed transmission.
Founded mainly on the module of the 7-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, offered as an option, the first six gears have a close ratio which allows the driver to have excellent acceleration capability. Its seventh gear has the quasi overdrive qualities that increase fuel economy. Indeed, that the 911 Carrera has an evolved style is clear no matter where it is viewed from. On the front for example, the front has been redesigned and made wider.
It has new headlights with the side air intakes made larger. The variably extending, albeit wider, rear spoiler highlights this model’s increased power output. Rounding up the rear end are the rear lights which are narrower, redesigned, and utilizes LED technology. On its side, the larger alloy wheels have a new style and with the windscreen made more convex, the model gets a more coupe-like quality. When all of these optimized aerodynamic features are put together, lift is significantly lowered by continuing the excellent cd value.
Since it has innovative technologies fitted inside, the proportions and design were made to match these. In terms of length, the new model is longer by 2.20 inches (56 millimeters), with the overhang at the front shortened by 1.26 inches (32 millimeters) and the one in the rear reduced by 0.47 inch (12 millimeters). One of the clear changes is the wheelbase which is longer by 3.94 inches (100 millimeters).
When compared to the Carrera S, the roof line of the 911 Carrera is lower by 6 millimeters and when matched with the previous model, is lower by as much as 7 millimeters. Though maximum headroom is still the same, its sunroof will be controlled using the tilt/electric slide type. Headroom in fact was improved by 15 millimeters. Since its overall length is at 176.81 inches, almost 4.5 meters, and width is at around 71.18 inches, which is 1.8 meters, the new 911 Carrera is indeed the most compact in its segment.