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At First Glance: All-New 2012 Porsche 911

23 Aug

By Matt McCarron

2012 Porsche 911: Courtesy Porsche North America

After months of partially disguised “spy” photos and unofficial press photos, it’s finally here. Today Porsche officially released the first details and photos of the their most revered vehicle, the 911. After nearly five decades of production the rear-engined Porsche 911 has become one of the most iconic and recognizable automobiles in the world.

Despite having subtle changes over the years the tradition of the 911 has remained largely unchanged. The 2012 911, designated the 991 internally, has stayed true to those roots. Although Porsche says the vehicle is “all-new”, many non-enthusiasts might claim the 991 looks nearly identical to its predecessor the 997. However, a closer look at the new 911 reveals many changes.

2012 Porsche 911: Courtesy Porsche North America

The wheelbase has increased by 3.9 inches, along with a lower height giving the 2012 911 a more aggressive overall appearance. The weight of the body has decreased by roughly 100 pounds thanks to lightweight aluminum-steel composite materials. The new 911 also has a wider front track, new rear axle and electro-mechanical power steering, resulting in greater driving agility, response and dynamics. On top of these features, the new Carrera S also offers Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC).

Another hallmark of the Porsche 911 is the high level of technology incorporated into each generation of the vehicle. The seventh generation is no different. According to Porsche the 991’s fuel consumption is up to 16 percent less than that of the 997. This improvement is made possible via a host of engine management systems, such as a start/stop function and electrical system recuperation. The seven-speed Porsche double-clutch (PDK) transmission also aids in the increased economy by letting the 911 “coast”. In addition to the PDK the 2012 911 will feature the worlds first seven-speed manual transmission.

Rear View: 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera: Courtesy Porsche North America

In terms of performance the new 911 offers more horsepower from a smaller displacement engine. The 2012 911 Carrera is powered by a 3.4-liter flat-six engine, compared with the 3.6-liter in the outgoing model. Regardless of this reduction the horsepower remains unaffected. The Carrera S model still has a 3.8-liter with 15 more horsepower, boosting peak output figures from 385 to 400 hp. These changes enable the 911 Carrera to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds (with PDK transmission). Meanwhile the Carrera S does the same sprint with the PDK in 4.1 seconds.

The 2012 Porsche 911 will make its world premiere at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. beginning in February 2012.

Interior: 2012 911 with PDK transmission: Courtesy Porsche North America

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Porsche GT3 RS 4.0: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better

28 Apr

By Matt McCarron

Porsche GT3 RS 4.0: Courtesy Porsche North America

Car manufacturers often make special or limited production vehicles. However, very few take it to the level and extreme Porsche has. First they released the model 997.2 GT3, then the critically acclaimed and even more extreme GT3 RS. But now they’ve really done it. Porsche has taken the GT3 model line to the very limits of what seems possible with a flat six-cylinder engine, producing what could be, the very essence of a street and track car.

Enter the GT3 RS 4.0. The vehicle, which will be limited to only 600 units worldwide, has the largest displacement engine ever offered in a 911, a 4.0-liter flat six punching out 500 hp at 8,250 rpm and 337 lb/ft at 5,750 rpm. That’s 50 horsepower more than the GT3 RS with a 3.8-liter flat six. In addition to having the largest engine the GT3 RS 4.0 has the most powerful output per-liter of any 911 engine ever produced, with 125 horsepower per liter.

All of this horspower, and a power to weight ratio of just 5.99 lbs/hp allows this special 911 to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, unchanged from the regular GT3 RS. However, while the 0-60 times might be the same, the difference in track times between the GT3 RS 3.8 and 4.0 on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife racetrack are drastic. The GT3 RS 3.8 recorded an official time of 7 minutes and 33 seconds, while the 4.0 lapped the famous “Green Hell” in 7 minutes and 27 seconds. Six seconds might not seem like a lot, but in the world of motorsports it’s a lifetime.

This improvement is possible because of weight reduction. With carbon fiber sport bucket seats, carbon fiber front fenders and luggage compartment lid the GT3 RS 4.0 weighs in at only 2,998 lbs (full tank of fuel). Other cosmetic changes include large rear wing and speical “4.0” badging on the engine lid and lower left-hand corner of the doors. The GT3 RS 4.0 also has a unique gray line, with red accents running from the nose of the hood all the way back to the rear.

The GT3 RS 4.0 is available in Carrera White and will go on sale in the U.S. beginning in late 2011 at a base MSRP of $185,000 (plus destination).

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