Just a few minutes ago we presented you some official video teasers of the 2012 Porsche 911 (991). Now the German brand revealed the official details and prices for 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S, ahead of Frankfurt. The new Carrera is priced as we supposed, “slightly higher comparing with the current models prices, which are around $80,000”. For 2012 Porsche Carrera starts from $82,100.
Now, with the initial images already leaked out online and the new model’s debut scheduled for the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, Porsche now release the first batch of official photos and information on its new staple model.
For 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera’s biggest change is the length, growing nearly four inches in wheelbase over the model it replaces yet hunkering down a bit lower.
Still, when viewed from the front, the eye is drawn to the 911’s trademark wide-arched fenders, emphasizing the wider front track. The side mirrors are now mounted on the upper edge of the door, which also helps highlight the new design line and gives the visual impression of width.
Although the exterior is almost the same, the interior, however, is substantially changed to a more enveloping environment familiar to anyone who’s sat in a Panamera or Carrera GT. The driver is now even more closely integrated within the cockpit thanks to the rising center console and high-mounted shift lever or gear selector located close to the steering wheel. As with the exterior, classic Porsche elements abound inside. Present is the instrument cluster with five round gauges – one of them a high resolution multifunction screen, and of course the central tachometer and the ignition lock to the left of the steering wheel.
As for the power and fuel efficiency, for example, the 911 Carrera with the new 350 hp, 3.4-liter boxer engine and optional PDK consumes 8.2 l/100 km based on the NEDC – 1.6 l/100 km less than its predecessor.
The 911 Carrera S with its 400 hp, 3.8-liter boxer engine – 15 hp more than before – achieves 8.7 l/100 km in the NEDC when paired with the optional PDK transmission. This represents a fuel consumption decrease of 14 percent or 1.5 l/100 km.
According to the manufacturer, at the same time there are performance improvements in both models. The 911 Carrera S with PDK accelerates from 0 to 60 in 4.1 seconds. Using the Launch Control function of the optional Sport Chrono Package cuts that to 3.9 seconds. The 911 Carrera with PDK needs only 4.4 seconds to sprint from a standing start to 60 mph (4.2 seconds when using the optional Sport Chrono Package’s Launch Control function). Top-track speed for the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera is 188 mph and 179 mph, respectively.
Finally, the 2012 Porsche 911 will be available at U.S. dealerships starting in February 2012 with a base MSRP of $82,100 for the Carrera and $96,400 for the Carrera S, plus destination charges and before dipping into what will doubtlessly be an extensive list of options.