2012 Porsche 911 Carrera review notes – Autoweek

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2012 Porsche 911 Carrera notes

The 2012 Porsche 911 is definitely larger than its but its styling retains many of the that have come to the 911 Photo by Porsche.

Purists may at the updated Porsche 911 Carrera, but the performance and modernity of the car make it a joy to Photo by Porsche.

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EDITOR WES I wish Porsche made a touring coupe, like the 928 was or the Panamera would be if it came in a A car that’s more luxurious and that could take on, the Mercedes-Benz CL-class. Porsche 911 would argue this car is to be that.

It’s true it’s a bigger car inside and out but as as this latest 911 is changed, the is still unmistakably 911; to my eye it looks a lot wider, especially in the end.

Climb aboard and one it’s bigger inside by a margin. In fact four of and three kids aged ranging in height from to 6’1#8221;#8212;did short stints. It S-class comfortable, but doable.

levels seem up and materials The dash/center console looks from the Panamera (with a lot buttons and switches). So, if you like you’ll like this.

The feels too light at first and at low Firms up nicely at speed but of the 911 feel#8212;some of the delicacy or maybe the I’m looking for is tactility#8212;is now. Some people not like that.

I thought the car felt plenty light on its and like it was ready to spring out of a at any minute.

The engine feels and sounds different now, more refined I guess#8212;though at it pops and crackles, which I was cool. The ride (suspension set in is fine, never harsh, over some road this particular car had a rather rattle coming from the door. That’d be a bummer if it my $100k. Oh, another thing annoyed me: This car has auto When you sit at a light in neutral the clutch out, the engine off.

Push in the clutch and it starts up. Two It’s not a smooth system but quite intrusive, and twice it fire when I pushed in the I had to re-twist the key.

It’s and a little softer but mostly it feels like a 911 to me, which is a thing for many buyers. To me Maybe I’m getting Climbing in and out of this car is a chore; the though bigger, feels and tight to me (and I’ve lost weight lately), and I know, driving it feels a chore to me, not a joy.

That be blasphemous to the Porsche slappies out but there you have it.

Like I wished Porsche made a GT

DIGITAL EDITOR ANDREW I’m in the rather odd position of experienced very few different 911 For better or worse, my only benchmark for the new 991 Carrera comes driving my own 911SC. Is the steering as as the manual rack-and-pinion in my ’81?

The extra pounds are apparent as on the new model.

But otherwise, this Porsche 911 Carrera feels a direct descendent of my old Targa. but not overpowered, stiff-riding without the crap out of the occupants, and with same glorious mechanical I’ve come to love. I the car has grown, but the cockpit actually smaller due to the lower seating and higher console/dash.

I also the fact that the pedals are from above instead of from the floor, and that I see any hint of an engine if I pop the back

It’s there, though: into the flat six, it howl through the entire through all seven perfectly ratios on the manual gearbox, and all is with the world. The 911’s is alive and well.

Purists can but I like my daily driver to cold air conditioning, hot heat and a to ending up backward in the weeds if overcooked in a sweeping bender. Raw is what my 30 year-old Porsche is

The words of auto writer Duchene, upon driving his 911, come to mind: I get it; this is really all you need in a Duchene was referring to an ’80s-vintage but his comments are just as easily to the shiny new 991 sitting at your Porsche dealership.

SENIOR EDITOR RORY CARROLL: To be clear, this new 911 is a very car. It’s fast, efficient and good looking. lighter than the one it replaces being larger in every dimension.

The weight loss is a thing, and I suspect we’ll see automakers looking to add lightness to new to aid with fuel economy now they’ve exhausted just every other strategy.

said, visually, the car looks Like London’s Battersea Station. it seems inconceivably as if it were an optical illusion. parked next to my 1984 the new car looked like a bright Hindenburg.

As long as you only it next to gigantic cars, it pretty good, except the You’d need to park it to a donk to make those look reasonably sized.

all that new girth adds up to a that is tiny, and far less than those of previous The original design mandate of adults, two kids and two golf seems to have been with #8220;two adults and two balls.”

Getting into the car is stepping into a TARDIS, in reverse. So big on the outside, yet so small How do they do it?

I didn’t get to take the car to the track, but the control/stability control made sure I wasn’t going to any fun driving on public roads, is probably for the best.

The shifter is nice and the engine provided power. Judging just by the the car makes at speed, with the up, I could have been that this new 911 was a silent EV, and a 997 generation 911 was driving somewhere If there is one thing to change, that stupid tube is supposed to sanitize the engine and pipe it into the passenger

It is the honest-to-goodness worst feature I every experienced in a car, and I own a Just rip some of the sound out of the firewall instead of inventing a new instrument.

Maybe if the engine had audible, I wouldn’t have something in the passenger door every time the car went a bump. In a rawer, more car, this would been forgivable. But, Porsche seems to have all their eggs in a leather-lined basket, it’s annoying.

For I’d want more noise, and less 1988 Excel noise#8212;but, I’m the Porsche dealer would be all too to take a stab at fixing it for And by fixing it, I mean stuffing a piece of foam in the area of the

As potential sports-car buyers grown up, the 911 and most other cars have followed getting softer and more I’d like to think Porsche and its competitors aren’t behind young enthusiasts who may not be enough to buy (or more likely a 911 at the moment, but may be in a position to buy one down the I’d really like to that.

While this 911 and other modern sports are undoubtedly very good, hope that Porsche remember that even the old and among us once bought cars#8212;at least in part#8212;because cars helped them with a younger, more version of themselves.

On paper, the 991 looked a lot like to me. In person, it’s a car that has me forward to the harder-edged 991s are sure to be waiting just the horizon. Let’s hope Porsche sees those 991s as a way to connect with a more vital version of

EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER There has certainly been a lot of und Drang about the new 911, and I in behind the wheel with a lot of I was a big fan of the previous-gen car, and well, is a 911. It needs to be great.

And I found, I really liked. OK, the car is and it’s noticeably bigger. of seat travel for more and while I was alone in the car the whole it feels like a lot more room as well. And as far as a comfortable car, well, this is comfortable.

With the adjustable dial in just how much you to shake your bones and on out.

The console, as Wes noted, is a version found in the Panamera and featuring far fewer buttons#8212;which is And about the automatic stop/start, a switch that you can turn it off if you want to save fuel. nearly every Porsche ever driven, the clutch is perfect, right where it to be, and the precision of the seven-speed manual is also spot-on.

It’s a joy to run up and through the gears.

The boxer six is a pulling strongly from low and with the sport button on, it sounds terrific. The powerband is and long, and I found myself into it often, just to the exhaust note.

And now to the much-derided It’s very light at low but does seem to firm up the you go. And really, I had no problems, and no complaints.

Does it feel like you a direct link to the front Maybe not as close as a couple of ago, but pretty damn

The 911 has grown up and gotten a little civilized with age. that what we are all supposed to do?

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TEST EDITOR JONATHAN I didn’t walk away the best feelings after a 2012 Carrera S with the PDK earlier this year. just seemed off to me about the car spending a boatload of time in versions of the 911 over the years. As people have mentioned, the 991 is and features a more luxurious which is typical for new models.

every generation of a vehicle, almost always getting a bit and plusher, because those are that regular consumers improvements.

However, from a standpoint, I was a lot more troubled. The power steering bothered me for its of feedback and …-spot on center communicative steering has in the past one of the 911’s strong suits. And the ZF-built dual-clutch sequential gearbox is better than it’s still nowhere as as an old fashion manual gearbox.

But this base Carrera car that has new seven-speed manual the new car finally began to speak to me. As I through the seven cogs the weekend, some of the shortcomings bugged me in the Carrera S with the PDK as apparent. Maybe it was because I was matching revs and concentrating on into the correct gears, but I some of the behind-the-wheel excitement was always present in the 997.

question, the 991 is a capable performer massive grip available for maneuvers thanks in part to the Pirelli rubber at the corners. the car where you want it is a cinch, but the steering still has the numb feel that does up when you add more angle, as points out. The body nearly flat, side-to-side transitions are easily handled and little dive under

Though I will say the biggest to the 991 is the ride quality. Being to handle bumps and potholes as as this car can on 20-inch tires is short of impressive.

So thank manual gearbox, for helping me the 991 a little bit more than I previously. I was able to really the boxer six-cylinder’s stellar response, power and exhaust a bit more. Yes, the decreased from the steering wheel is a downer, but it’s something just have to live

Strangely, the electric steering in the new feels better. No matter, now I need to get into a Carrera S three pedals to see if I can begin to the newest generation 911 even

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera

Price: $83,050

As-Tested $100,690

Drivetrain: 3.4-liter H6; seven-speed manual

Output: 350 hp @ rpm, 288 lb-ft @ 5,600 rpm

Weight: 3,042 lb

Fuel (EPA/ AW ): 22/18.6 mpg

Options: Plus package including seats ($4,650), black-leather ($3,690); 20-inch Carrera wheel ($2,730); Bose package including Bose sound system with 12 active subwoofer, eight-channel Bose Centerpoint, SurroundStage, satellite radio receiver, HD receiver, six-disc CD/DVD ($2,420); PASM ($2,090); front and rear ($990); steering wheel ($615); steering plus ($270); wheel caps with crest ($185)

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