After few leaked photos, Porsche has finally unveiled the all-new 911 (991) and announced that the vehicle will be unveiled next month at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. As expected, the 2011 Porsche 911 (or the so-called 991) is with 45 kilograms lighter than the current model and has a longer wheelbase (with 100 millimetre or 3.9 inches).
The first model revealed by Porsche is the 911 Carrera, which is powered by the 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.
Still, the 911 Carrera can 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 2011 Porsche 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.
This means a 14% drop or 1.5 l/100 km (~ 5 mpg imp.). The 911 Carrera S with PDK 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.
In addition to the longer wheelbase, the 2011 Porsche 911 offers greater agility, precision and driving stability are based, among other things, on the wider front track, the new rear axle and new electro-mechanical power steering. For the first time, the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active roll stabilisation system is available for the 911 Carrera S.
For those who don’t know, this system reduces the system reduces lateral inclination when cornering and keeps the tyres in the optimal position relative to the road surface. This means that the maximum cornering speeds are increased. Regarding the prices, the 2012 Porsche 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).
With the latest Porsche 911 Carrera S having a new design for its exterior, the designers at Porsche made sure that the interior would complement this using the Porsche Carrera GT’s architecture as a basis.
The cockpit for instance, has a motorsport feel to it considering that the driver is closely integrated to it even more. This is the result of having the gear selector, or gear lever, mounted higher and placed nearer to its steering wheel. It helps that the center console now rises to its front. On this same console, the vital settings and function buttons needed to run the 911 Carrera are housed in a logical grouping. The dashboard meanwhile has been redesigned and in the middle of which is the 7-inch touchscreen that the driver can use to manage various functions.
Even with these changes, the design team made sure that it continues to have the classic Porsche feel to it like the ignition lock being located on the left of the steering wheel. Another example is the five round instruments and the rev counter placed in the center. In the interior as well are the seats for the driver and the passenger in the front having electric four-way adjustment. Offered as options are the 14-way adjustment sports seat and an 18-way adjustment version.
What makes this new 911 Carrera S unique is that it will mark the introduction of the Porsche Torque Vectoring or PVT. Fitted as standard, it allows for tracking stability and enhanced tracking in addition to having lower sensitivity for load changes. When combined with the manual 7-speed transmission, it makes up a mechanical differential lock for the rear and the variable torque distribution to its rear axle. For models that have the Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, or PDK, they will be equipped with the PTV Plus.
This feature has a fully variable differential lock in the rear which is electronically controlled. Be it the PTV or PTV Plus, by having braking interventions on the rear wheel’s inside, steering precision and agility are improved. These two features are offered for the 911 Carrera as an option.