Porsche unveiled the new 2012 911 Carrera for the first time in North America last weekend, at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV event, held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The thoroughly redesigned car, known internally as the 991, boasts reduced weight, increased power, and some of the latest technology inside and out, but will also come with an increased price when it reaches dealers in February.
The new base model 911 Carrera has a 3.4-liter engine producing 350hp, while the Carrera S model produces 400hp from its 3.8-liter motor. The new aluminum/steel composite body loses around 100 lbs (45kg) lighter than the 2011 model, while improving rigidity and reducing front and rear lift. A new seven-speed manual PDK double-clutch transmission, start/stop functionality, and improved cooling add up to increased efficiency and reduced emissions compared to the 2011 model. Handling is boosted by a 3.9 increase in wheelbase, a wider track, a new rear axle, and new electro-mechanical power steering. The Carrera S also can be equipped with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, an active roll stabilization system. 0-60 times are also improved, 4.4 seconds (claimed) for the standard Carrera and 4.1 for the Carrera S, or, when using thee optional Sport Chrono package’s launch control, 4.2 seconds and 3.9 seconds for the base and S models.
The styling is refreshed inside and out. The cockpit caters to the driver with a short distance between the high-mounted shifter and the steering wheel, a large centrally-mounted tachometer, and a multifunction LCD display in the cluster. Externally, the car receives new LED head- and tail-lamps, and the side mirrors are now mounted on the upper surface of the doors.
When the new 911s arrive in the US, they will carry MSRPs of $82,100 for the Carrera, and $96,400 for the Carrera S.