Porsche has officially released the 2012 911 (991) model.
As expected, the 911 has been stretched some, with a wheelbase 100 mm (10 cm/3.9 inches) longer than it's predecessor.
The new 911 Carrera also comes with a body made of intelligent aluminum-steel for reduced weight and greater rigidity. The car has a wider track at the front and rides on 20-inch wheels.
Under that rear bonnet comes a 3.4 liter boxer engine with 350 PS (257 kW / 345 bhp) for the standard Carrera and a 3.8 liter with 400 PS (294 kW / 394 bhp) for the Carrera S (torque figures were not provided).
The Carrera S with the PDK transmission does the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 4.3 seconds - 4.1 with the Sport Plus function in the optional Sport Chrono package. Those numbers are 4.6 and 4.4 seconds, respectively, for the standard 911 Carrera.
Other technologies available include the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), available for the first time on the Carrera S, which provides an optimized cornering with intelligent distribution of lateral forces.
The 2012 Porsche 911 will make its global debut at the Frankfurt motor show on September 13. The model goes on sale on December 3 but will start taking orders as early as September 1.
Prices in Germany will start at €88,038 for the 911 Carrera and €102,436 for the Carrera S, VAT included. In the United Kingdom 911 models will be in Porsche Centers from December 17, 2011 at £71,449 and £81,242, respectively. Prices in the U.S. are listed at a base MSRP of $82,100 and $96,400 (excluding destination).
See the press release below for full details.