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3.4-litre (350hp) or 3.8l (400 hp) flat-6 with 7-speed gearboxes
New Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S
Lighter with more power and lower fuel consumption

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S: front-side view.

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S: rear view.

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S: profile view.

911 Carrera S: 3.8-litre flat-six boxer engine (400 hp).

20 September 2011: The all-new Porsche 911 Carrera celebrated its world premiere at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show (public days 17 to 25 September).

The all-new lightweight aluminium-steel body construction helps achieve a weight reduction of up to 45 kilograms (with other technical measures), reducing fuel consumption and emissions by up to 16 per cent than with the previous model.

With  around 90 per cent of all components either redesigned or redeveloped, the new 911 Carrera consumes with its new 350 hp (257 kW) 3.4-litre boxer engine and the optional Porsche PDK gearbox (Doppelkupplungsgetriebe), 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres  (28.7 US mpg, 34.48 mpg imp.) based on the NEDC. That is 1.6 l/100 km less than its predecessor. At 194 g/km CO2, it is also the first Porsche sports car to make it below the 200 g/km mark.

The 911 Carrera S gets the 400 hp (294 kW), 3.8-litre boxer engine, where fuel consumption (also with the optional PDK) is reduced by 14 per cent, or 1.5 l/100 km, to 8.7 l/100 km  (27 US mpg, 32.5 mpg imp.) despite 15 hp (11 kW) more power. CO2 emissions are 205 g/km.

 Body

The body is 56 millimetres (2.20 inch) longer overall, while the overhangs are shortened by 32 millimetres (1.26 inch) at the front and twelve millimetres (0.47 inch) at the rear. With an overall length of just under 4.5 metres (176.81 inch) and a maximum width of approximately 1.8 metres (71.18 inch), the 911 Carrera remains the most compact sports car in its category.

 

Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupé

Power Unit

Water-cooled flat-six engine

Capacity

3,800 cm³ / 231.9 cu in

Max. output

294 kW / 400 hp/394bhp
at 7,400 rpm

Max. torque

440 Nm/325 ft lb at 5,600 rpm

Drive

Rear wheel drive

Transmission

7-speed manual; PDK (option)

Wheels & tyres, front

8.5 J x 20 on 245/35 ZR 20

Wheels & tyres, rear

11 J x 20 on 295/30 ZR 20

Track, front

1,538 mm / 60.55 in

Track, rear

1,516 mm / 59.69 in

Top speed, km/h

304 (302)

Top speed, mph

188.9 (187.7)

0-100 km/h

4.5 (4.3) s *(4.1 s)

0-200 km/h

14.4 (13.9) s *(13.6 s)

Curb weight (DIN)

1,395 (1,415) kg

Max permissible

1,830 (1,850) kg

Drag coefficient cd

0.29

Fuel consumption and emissions
Urban

13.8 (12.2) l/100 km

Equivalent to 17 (19.3) US mpg
Equivalent to 20.5 (23.1) UK mpg
Extra-urban

7.1 (6.7) l/100 km

Equivalent to 33.1 (35.1) US mpg
Equivalent to 39.8 (42.2) UK mpg
Combined

9.5 (8.7) l/100 km

Equivalent to 24.8 (27) US mpg
Equivalent to 29.7 (32.5) UK mpg
CO2 Emissions

224 (205) g/km

Source: Porsche AG / conversions: autopressnews.com. Technical data may vary depending on the specific country. Values in brackets refer to vehicles with PDK transmission. *Together with the optional Sport Chrono Package

 

The 100 millimetre (3.94 inch) longer wheelbase sits on up to 20-inch wheels. The roof line is around seven millimetres lower than that of its predecessor (Carrera version) and around six millimetres for the Carrera S. However, Porsche adds that the maximum headroom remains virtually unchanged. For Coupés with a sunroof, which for the first time is of the electric slide/tilt type, headroom has even increased by 15 millimetres.

The revised, wider front end includes new headlights and larger side air intakes while the wide-arched wings emphasise the wider front track. The remodelled exterior mirrors are now on the upper edge of the door.

On the side, the new styling brings larger alloy wheels and a more convex windscreen. The wider, variably extending rear spoiler emphasises the new 911 Carrera's greater power output.

The German luxury sports car maker says that all 911 Coupés get by with significantly less than ten litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (23.5 US mpg, 28 mpg imp.), as fuel consumption and emissions are up to 16 per cent lower compared with its predecessor.

 Prices

The new 911 Carrera can be ordered from this month (deliveries from 3 December 

2011). It is launched in two versions with prices starting in Germany at 88,038 euro for the 911 Carrera and 102,436 euro for the 911 Carrera S, including 19 per cent VAT and market-specific equipment.

The main specifications of the first two models are:

 911 Carrera

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera: front-side view.

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera: rear-side view.

911 Carrera: new 3.4-litre flat-six boxer engine (350 hp).

350 hp (257kW) water-cooled, 3.4-litre flat-six boxer engine; rear-wheel drive, seven-speed manual transmission, optional seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK); acceleration 0 – 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, with PDK in 4.6 seconds (4.4 seconds with Sport Chrono Package); top speed 289 km/h (179.6 mph), with PDK 287 km/h (178.3 mph); fuel consumption (NEDC) 9.0 l/100 km, CO2 212 g/km; with PDK 8.2 l/100 km; CO2 194 g/km.

 911 Carrera S

400 hp (294 kW) water-cooled, 3.8-litre flat-six boxer engine; rear-wheel drive, seven-speed manual transmission, optional seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK); acceleration 0 – 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.5 seconds, with PDK in 4.3 seconds (4.1 seconds with Sport Chrono Package); top speed 304 km/h (188.9 mph), with PDK 302 km/h (187.7mph); fuel consumption (NEDC) 9.5 l/100 km; CO2 224 g/km; with PDK 8.7 l/100 km; CO2 205 g/km.

Porsche says that the electro-mechanical power steering system only requires power when steering, saving at least 0.1 litres per 100 kilometres.

 

Porsche 911 Carrera Coupé

Power Unit

Water-cooled flat-six engine

Capacity

3,436 cm³ / 209.7 cu in

Max. output

257 kW /350 hp/345bhp
at 7,400 rpm

Max. torque

390 Nm/287 ft lb at 5,600 rpm

Drive

Rear wheel drive

Transmission

7-speed manual; PDK (option)

Wheels & tyres, front

8.5 J x 19 on 235/40 ZR 19

Wheels & tyres, rear

11 J x 19 on 285/30 ZR 19

Track, front

1,532 mm / 60.31 in

Track, rear

1,518 mm / 59.76 in

Top speed, km/h

289 (287)

Top speed, mph

179.6 (178.3)

0-100 km/h

4.8 (4.6) s *(4.4 s)

0-200 km/h

16.2 (15.7) s *(15.4 s)

Curb weight (DIN)

1,380 (1,400) kg

Max permissible

1,795 (1,815) kg

Drag coefficient cd

0.29

Fuel consumption and emissions
Urban

12.8 (11.2) l/100 km

Equivalent to 18.38 (21.0) US mpg
Equivalent to 22.07 (25.2) UK mpg
Extra-urban

6.8 (6.5) l/100 km

Equivalent to 34.6 (36.2) US mpg
Equivalent to 41.5 (43.5) UK mpg
Combined

9.0 (8.2) l/100 km

Equivalent to 26.1 (28.7) US mpg
Equivalent to 31.4 (34.4) UK mpg
CO2 Emissions

212 (194) g/km

Source: Porsche AG / conversions: autopressnews.com. Technical data may vary depending on the specific country. Values in brackets refer to vehicles with PDK transmission. *Together with the optional Sport Chrono Package

 

On the gearbox side, the world’s first seven-speed manual transmission is featured as standard. It is based on the module of the optional seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK). The seventh gear’s quasi overdrive also helps reduce fuel consumption.

According to Porsche, the “sailing” function, which makes its very first appearance in a sports car with the optional PDK transmission, can save up to one litre of fuel for every 100 kilometres in everyday driving. If the driver takes his /her foot off the accelerator, depending on the driving situation, the engine is disengaged from the transmission; the 911 Carrera continues on its way with the engine idling. This function taps additional potential fuel economies at higher speeds.

Additional systems and functions such as auto start/stop, thermal management and electrical system recuperation further enhance the new Carrera’s efficiency.

The 911 Carrera is the first sports car that Porsche has equipped with an auto start/stop function, saving up to 0.6 litres per 100 kilometres based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). It is standard with both the PDK and manual transmission.

Porsche adds that the joint thermal management system for engine and transmission and on-board electrical system recuperation reduce the new 911 generation’s fuel consumption by a further 0.35 l/100 km. As the new cooling design dispenses with ventilation openings in the underbody, it also brings aerodynamic advantages.

 Interior

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera: dashboard and centre console.

Centre console with the high-mounted gear selector.

Inspired by the Porsche Carrera GT, the interior architecture features the centre console rising up to the front with the high-mounted shift lever or gear selector located especially close to the steering wheel. Classic Porsche elements remain with the instrument cluster and its five round instruments – one of them a high resolution multifunction screen, the central rev. counter and the ignition lock to the left of the steering wheel.

Both driver and front passenger are seated on newly developed sports seats with electric four-way adjustment. Additional sports seat versions with 14 and 18-way adjustment are also available as an option.

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera: driving seat, steering wheel and console, side view.

Newly developed sports seats with electric 4-way adjustment.

Standard or optional active control systems include the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active roll stabilisation system. Available for the first time on the 911 Carrera S (as an option), it reduces lateral inclination when cornering, keeping the tyres in the optimal position relative to the road surface.

Making its debut in the 911 Carrera S as standard, the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) enhances tracking stability with reduced sensitivity to load changes. With the seven-speed manual transmission, the system comprises a mechanical rear differential lock and variable torque distribution to the rear axle.

With the Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) gearbox, the higher-performance PTV Plus comes with the electronically controlled, fully variable, rear differential lock.

Both PTV and PTV Plus further improve agility and steering precision by means of selective braking interventions applied to the inside rear wheel. PTV and PTV Plus are also available for the 911 Carrera as an optional extra.

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