I am not a “Porsche guy.” I have, like many, always admired the car, but I’ve never been a rabid fan. Mostly, the cars were always to touchy and too small for my taste. But it seems like someone in Germany has been listening to my complaints because the new 991 body style is longer, wider and easier to drive than any previous Porsche. For 2012, the 911 has been completely redesigned from the ground up.
At first blush, it feels more like a two-door Panamera. I haven’t spent more than 30 minutes in the car so these are obviously just first impressions, but so far, so good.
The car I tested had an MSRP of $123,000 and change. It was a well-equipped model with the lovely and smooth PDK transmission, sun roof, nice radio, etc.
The car will eventually be available in both a cabriolet and a turbo. There is also a manual seven speed gear box coming later this year.
The new 911 is longer, lower, wider, 100 lbs. lighter, faster and more efficient than previous models. The weight loss is largely due to more aluminum inside. On the “S” model you get big, beautiful 20″ wheels and the interior as well as the exterior have a few nicer features such as exterior mirrors now located on the upper edge of the doors as opposed to the mirror triangles.
The car I tested made 400 HP and did a 0-60 time of under 4.3 seconds. Top speed is 188 miles per hour. According to Porsche, lap times at the famed Nurburgring are about 13 seconds faster in the new car, which is nothing short of astonishing.
The new wider body makes for improved driving dynamics. The car feels like it’s better balanced. While it’s completely subjective, I think the car just LOOKS better too. There are some interesting color combinations that I’d like to see in person, but I’m leaning toward the silver or white exterior with red interior and black wheels – all options that are worthwhile in my opinion.
There are cool systems such as the Automatic Start/Stop function, engine and transmission thermal management, electrical system recuperation, the world’s first seven-speed manual transmission and–in conjunction with PDK–the ability to ‘sail’ or coast. The new electro-mechanical power steering offers the typical Porsche precision and helps to increase efficiency and reduce fuel consumption.
What surprised me is how well the car just “felt.” If you’re not a car person – then that quote means nothing to you. But if you ARE a car person you know what I mean. I found myself doing lots of unnecessary (but legal) u-turns just because this baby can turn on a dime. I also had fun playing with the rear spoiler which automatically deploys at speed but can be manually lowered or raised as needed.
The new 911 Carrera Coupe has a base MSRP of $82,100, and the 911 Carrera S Coupe starts at $96,400 (excluding destination fees).
Highly recommended and coming to my garage soon.