After plenty of rumours, spy shots and leaked photos, Porsche has officially unveiled it’s 2012 911 (991) model.
While it may look very similar the new 911 has grown, with a wheelbase 100 mm longer than it’s predecessor. It also has a wider track at the front and a body made of aluminum-steel for reduced weight and greater rigidity. Standard wheel fittment is 20-inch rims and the side mirrors have moved to the top of the doors.
In the cockpit the reworked interior combines elements of the Porsche Panamera with the outgoing 997 model. The major changes here include a more pronounced, downward sloping centre console and entirely new switchgear.
The official word on power figures pegs the 3.4 litre boxer engine in the entry-level Carerra at 257kW. The higher-spec Carrera S uses a 3.8-litre motor that’s good for 294kW. Torque figures haven’t been released.
The Carrera S with the PDK transmission will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds. This figure will lower to 4.1 seconds when fitted with the Sport Plus function in the optional Sport Chrono package. For the standard Carrera the sprint is covered in 4.6 and 4.4 seconds, respectively.
Despite the increase in power both new 911 variants boast improved fuel economy over the outgoing model. The Carrera can achieve a consumption figure of 8.2L / 100km combined and the Carrera S; 8.7L / 100km.
Depending on the model, there are other standard or optional active control systems that can enhance the driving dynamics. Particularly the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active roll stabilisation system, which is available for the first time on the 911 Carrera S. The system reduces body roll during cornering to keep the tyres in optimal position to the road surface, increasing possible cornering speeds.
Porsche’s latest 911 will be shown to the public at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, with European sales commencing in early December followed by New Zealand sales in March 2012. Local specification and pricing will be announced nearer to launch.