The Internet does its thing again, revealing facts about an upcoming car. This time the victim is the 2012 Porsche 911.
This leaked info has nothing to do with the way the new 911, or the 991, looks because well, it’ll look pretty much the same as the current model, maybe with a new set of taillights. The leaked documents – ripped from Car&Driver’s article about the car as they were tagging along Porsche engineers in the final shakedown in South Africa – reveal more important facts like the horsepower figures and the onboard electronic systems that make a real difference in how the car feels to drive.
The 2012 Carrera is 2.2 inches longer than the outgoing 997 and has a 4.0-inch-longer wheelbase. It also has shorter front and rear overhangs by 1.3 and 0.5 inch and rides lower by 0.7 inch. The car will also reportedly get a full-length sunroof and more shoulder room for a more airy cabin.
The Carrera gets new 19-inch wheels, while the S gets 20-inch. They are optional on the Carrera. The interior has a new layout similar to that of Panamera and Cayenne with a tall center console, littered with buttons.
As for the engines, the Carrera ditches the 3.8 liter flat-six for the 3.4-liter, direct-injected flat-six from the Boxster S with 350 horsepower at 6400 rpm and max torque of 280 pound-feet between 4400 and 6000 rpm. The Carrera S meanwhile gets the 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection tuned to make 400 horsepower at 7200 rpm. Both cars can be had with ZF seven-speed manual gearbox or the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic.
In terms of electronic driving aids, the new model gets adjustable dampers and dynamic modes, plus launch control system. The Porsche stability system is also revised for this model and apparently can’t be fully switched off and engages when the driver touches the brake!
That’s it for now, but stay tuned for more details.
Source: C&D via Teamspeed