Porsche announces a world premiere for the 2011 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 4, 2011

At the Porsche press conference in the Convention Centre on November 16 at 12:05 p.m. (PST), Porsche AG, Stuttgart, will launch two new stars for the Los Angeles Auto Show 2011. Porsche will be unveiling the new 911 Carrera on the American continent. It is also set to introduce a model that has dynamic looks and stunning performance, exuding pure driving pleasure.

The rest of Porsche programme is highly appealing as well. Guests to the event will be able to see a cross-section of the product portfolio with the hybrid versions of the Cayenne and Panamera placing on a persuasive performance with their integration of outstanding efficiency and very low emissions and the two seater, mid-engine Cayman and Boxster sports vehicles thrilling with their unbending sportiness.

Meanwhile, the new 911 Carrera is being released into the US market as a completely redeveloped generation with a wheelbase of 100 millimeter longer.

Making the new generation more comfortable, lighter and even sportier is the all-new lightweight and innovative aluminium-steel body. The first seven-speed manual transmission in the world is provided as standard with the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), also with seven speeds available as an option.

New systems of active control enhance the driving dynamics to an extraordinary level. Once again, the new 911 Carrera brings the performance and efficiency standard higher. All Coupés get by with significantly less than ten liters of fuel per 100 kilometers.

Emissions and fuel consumption are at most 16% lower versus that those in its predecessor. The new generation begins with the 911 Carrera, run by a 350 hp (257 kW), 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine. On the other hand, the 911 Carrera S is powered by a 400 hp (294 kW) flat engine and 3.8 liter displacement.

As the new 911 Porsche Carrera is equipped with Porsche Intelligent Performance, it’s expected to establish new benchmarks. Utilizing the lightweight aluminum-steel body and mixing it with a wide range of new functions and parts result in the 911 Carrera having excellent driving dynamics balanced with efficiency. It will be the first passenger car to be fitted with the manual 7-speed transmission as standard.

This particular transmission was founded on the module of the 7-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), offered as an option. Since the first 6 gears have a close ratio, the driver is able to undergo outstanding acceleration. Meanwhile the 7th gear offers quasi-overdrive qualities to deliver enhanced fuel economy. The changes on its style are evident no matter what angle it is viewed from.

Its front end has been redesigned and is now wider with new headlights put in while the side air intakes have been made larger. Placing a spoiler in the rear that is variably extending helps highlight this model’s increased output.

When viewed from its side, it also sports a new design and by having the windscreen become more convex with the alloy wheels now larger, it results in the new 911 Carrera having a livelier and coupe-like quality. These different changes, combined with the features optimized for aerodynamics, ensure that good Cd value is maintained while lift is lowered.

Rounding up the rear profile are the rear lights that use LED technology and that are made narrower. Another feature that makes the 911 Carrera unique is that it is the first sports car to be fitted with the auto start/stop function.

This function is mated as standard not only to the manual transmission but the PDK as well. In terms of the New European Driving Cycle, this function allows savings of as much as 0.6 liters for every 100 kilometers.

However with the joint thermal management system utilized for the engine and transmission combined with the on-board electrical recuperation system, fuel consumption is lower by an additional 0.35 1/100 km. The 911 Carrera comes with a new cooling design which makes use of ventilation openings found in its underbody. This not only improves aerodynamic benefits but also enhances performance.

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