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2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2012 Porsche 911 Review

(0 Stars)  The most highly evolved 911 yet.

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Overview
As this magazine went to press, we had not yet driven the redesigned 911, but based on early reports and nearly half a century of history, we're willing to go on record predicting it will be very good. The new 911 promises its biggest gains yet in refinement and efficiency. The longer wheelbase all but irons out the rear-engined snappiness found in earlier 911s, and the already-posh interior gains a high-tech center console and optional eighteen-way power seats. A smaller-displacement base engine, a lighter body, automatic stop-start and freewheeling technologies, electric power steering, and a seven-speed manual transmission collectively improve efficiency by up to sixteen percent. Power improves by 5 hp on the Carrera model and 15 hp on the Carrera S. That added horsepower, combined with a weight reduction of between 65 and 100 pounds (depending on trim), yields minor improvements in acceleration to 60 mph, to 4.5 and 4.3 seconds, respectively. Based on Porsche's past model rollouts, we expect to see new base and S convertibles join the coupe this year. Those in search of a spicier 911 will still have some choices--sixteen of them actually--as the last-generation's Carrera 4 and 4S, Turbos, Targas, Black Editions, and GTS models all carry over to 2012, albeit in limited quantities. The GT3, GT2, and all their spin-offs are gone for now, unless you manage to snag a leftover 2011.

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2012 911 Carrera S Coupe Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.8L horizontally opposed 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Gasoline direct fuel injection
16.9gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 400 hp @ 7,400 rpm; 325 ft lb of torque @ 5,600 rpm

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'12 Porsche Carrera S Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
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Sunroof
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Headlight Wiper/Washers
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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HID Headlights
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Knee Air Bag
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Limited Slip Differential
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Fog Lights
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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DVD Entertainment
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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