The all-new Porsche 911 Carrera is ready to conquer the hearts and minds of North American driving enthusiasts as it makes its first U.S. appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show following “Best of Show” accolades at its global debut in Frankfurt this past September.
With its sleek and stretched silhouette, pulse-pounding contours and precisely designed features, it’s immediately evident that the new 911 has been redesigned from the ground up, but remains every inch an embodiment of 911 Carrera evolution. Longer, lower, wider and 100 lbs. lighter than the previous 911, the seventh generation is athletic, elegant and iconic – a perfect blend of modern design, intelligent engineering and everyday driving magic.
The many innovations of the new 911 Carrera include aluminum steel composite construction that combines with structural rigidity and exceptional aerodynamics to create a sports car that delivers standard-setting performance and efficiency, as it has for generations.
Like every 911 before it, it also continues to raise the bar in virtually every area of performance and efficiency, including fuel economy. While U.S. EPA fuel mileage estimates are still to be determined, fuel consumption and emissions are up to 16 percent lower in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) when compared with the previous 911. This is achieved through systems such as the Automatic Start/Stop function, engine and transmission thermal management, electrical system recuperation, the world’s first seven-speed manual transmission and – in conjunction with the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) – the ability to ‘sail’ or coast. The new electro-mechanical power steering offers not only Porsche’s typical precision and feedback but also helps increase efficiency and reduce fuel-consumption.
The Porsche 911 Carrera is equipped with a new 350 hp, 3.4-liter boxer engine while the 911 Carrera S features a 400 hp, 3.8-liter boxer engine – a 15 hp improvement versus its predecessor.
Both models offer significant performance improvements. 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.
Already legendary for its precision feel and road-holding prowess, the new 911 writes a new chapter in agility and precision handling. Porsche engineers achieved even higher driveability targets with the 911’s wider front track, a new rear axle and new electromechanical power steering. Depending on the model, a multitude of other standard or optional active control systems are available to help further enhance the overall driving dynamics. That is especially true for the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active roll stabilization system, available for the first time on the 911 Carrera S. The system helps reduce lateral roll when cornering and helps keep the tires in the optimal position relative to the road surface.
The first 911 models will arrive in U.S. dealerships beginning in February of 2012. The new 911 Carrera Coupe will have a base MSRP of $82,100, while the 911 Carrera S Coupe’s base MSRP will be $96,400 (excluding destination).