One of the perks of this job is having a new car delivered to my house nearly every week. This time it's the gorgeous new 2012 Porsche 911 in Carrera S trim in a stunning Guards Red. Something very strange happened when the delivery driver handed me the keys.
The new 911 is faster than any plain Carrera S to come before it. Now Tiff Needel at Evo Magazine wants to know if the Porsche can finally beat its supercar-killing rival — the recently-updated 2012 Nissan GT-R.
The best auto brand identity videos mix heritage, history and heart with cool techno-wizardry. This just-posted video introducing the new Porsche 911 and the development of its brand identity does all that and more. In a word, it's amazing.
No manufacturer wants to release an underdeveloped car. Strenuous testing plays a major role in the development of any new vehicle. Porsche's program for the 2012 Porsche 911 is just a bit more strenuous, and more scenic, than those of most other companies.
Does the 2012 Porsche 911 continue to advance the 911's sports-car capability, while making it accessible to the widest possible pool of potential drivers, and without throttling its famous rear-engined motoring quirkiness? Let's drive the new Carrera S and find out.
Porsche recently held some kind of event in San Francisco that required the street parking of not just the new 911, but its yet-to-be revealed turbo and convertible variations, along with the upcoming Boxster and Cayman — not to mention a much longer parade of older 911s up the street.
The 997's seven years are now officially over. The new Porsche 911 — 991 to Jalopnik readers — is very much like all 911's over the past 48 years. Only a little better at everything.
Yes, it's true. Those pics you saw of the 2012 Porsche 911 are the real deal, as Porsche confirmed this morning. With that confirmation comes copious new details on the new, 991-model Porsche, the most comprehensive update to the rear-engined classic in decades.
A video featuring a 2012 Porsche 911 in full camouflage is a little ridiculous, but Porsche probably didn't realize a dude on Spanish car forum was going to leak the photos early back in 2010 when they were cold-weather testing above the Arctic Circle.
These appear to be the first photos of the 2012 Porsche 911 (Codename: 991), the new, 400-hp generation of Porsche's famous ass-engined sports car.
The final 997 model Porsche 911 cup car will stick around for two seasons while the company devises a new version based on the next-gen 991. The racecar's 3.8-liter naturally-aspirated six is largely the same as the streetable GT3 RS's.
When it leaked that the 2012 Porsche 911 was getting a 7-speed manual transmission everyone immediately wondered how they were going to lay it out. We think we've got an answer.
Specs from the 2012 Porsche 911 either show a slight improvement for the new generation (codenamed 991) or mark the end times. Changes include new transmissions, longer wheelbase, launch control and and a more Panameraesque interior. Oh, and an optional hybrid drivetrain.