2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S at Nurburgring: 13 Seconds Faster Than Predecessor, Fast as GT3

by Ron Grant

The German car maker Porsche has always managed to significantly improve its new generation vehicles when compared to the outgoing models. The new generation of Porsche 911 is no exception considering that it combines very well the economy and performance, but all these are just technical data on paper. Not anymore because the new Porsche 911 has proven its capabilities on track managing to leave far behind its predecessor.

The 2012 Porsche Carrera S achieved a lap time around the Nurburgring of 7 minutes and 40 seconds which is 13 seconds faster than the old model. With this time, the new generation Carrera S is as fast as a Porsche 911 GT3 around the ‘Green Hell’.

“We had several workshops and we laid out all the parts on the table and discussed them and compared with motorcycle parts and why are they so light and we are heavy and then change them again,” said August Achleitner, the man who designed the model.

Refresher: The 2012 Porsche Carrera S takes its power from a 3.8-litre boxer engine that produces 400 HP. With this power it takes 4.3 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 Km/h (4.1 seconds with the Sport Plus option in the Sport Chrono Pack), and its price tag starts at 96,400 USD.  

The car that setted this time was equipped with the PDK dual clutch automatic transmission and Porsche‘s new Dynamic Chassis Control system which is a hydraulically activated anti-roll bar system. Looking at the numbers, it’s interesting to think that only 15 more horsepower and a wight loss program have translated to 13 seconds round the track. The conclusion? The new suspension must be much better than the old one!

For more technical details and prices of 2011 Porsche Carrera and Carrera S, click here.

Source: Go Auto

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