Porsche has released the first official photos of the 2012 911. Casual observers (and indeed, some seasoned car guys) would never notice, but the 911 is all new for 2012. In typical Porsche fashion, the exterior design is a slight evolution of the iconic 911. Anyone with eyes will recognize this as a Porsche, which is the way it should be.
Gorgeous good looks aside, (Sure, it’s an evolution, but it’s an evolution of one of the most gorgeous car designs ever to grace the roads) there are some new goodies that you can’t see. For starters, the German engineers put the 911 on a diet. The 2012 911 weights 99 lbs less than the 2011, thanks in big part to an aluminum-steel body.
HCP 2012 Porsche 911 Specs
- 350 HP 3.4 liter flat six
- Available 400 HP 3.8 liter flat six (Carrera S)
- Seven speed manual transmission (dual-clutch PDK auto available)
The Carrera S can do the 0–60MPH sprint in 4.3 seconds. Yikes. The “base” 911 can do it in 4.6, which isn’t exactly a snail’s pace. Along with all that power, Porsche is expecting a 34 MPG highway rating.
Ridiculous power. Fantastic acceleration. Sublime handling. Amazing good looks. Porsche price tag. Yeah, you had to know that was coming. The base Carrera will start at a cool $82,100, which is up $4300 from last year. If you absolutely must have those extra 50 horses, be prepared to drop an additional $14,300 for them, as the Carrera S starts at $96,400.
HCP 2012 Porsche 911 Gallery
- Are you fricking kidding me? ↩