With a vehicle as iconic as the Porsche 911, even small changes are a big deal. Take this new 2012 model, for example – its design has only been tweaked ever so slightly, and the non-visual modifications include some powertrain tweaks and overall chassis enhancements. We've been gushing over the official 911 details for a while now, but here at the Frankfurt Motor Show, we're finally able to get up close and personal with Porsche's new hotness.

Arguably the biggest bit of news regarding the 2012 911 is its seven-speed manual transmission, available with both the 3.4-liter and 3.8-liter flat-six engines. That, combined with start/stop technology means the new 911 will be more efficient than ever, though its impressive output numbers (350 horsepower for the 3.4-liter mill, 400 hp for the 3.8) mean it'll still be an excellent enthusiast machine out on the road. Porsche claims 0-60 times of 4.4 seconds for the base Carrera and 4.1 seconds for the Carrera S.

This is one car we'll surely be starting at quite a bit during our time here in Frankfurt, so stay tuned for plenty more live shots to come over the next few days. In the meantime, scroll through our high-res image gallery to see Porsche's new icon for yourself.


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      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      funny, i thought the 3.4 was putting out 350 hp.
      axebmw
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's so pretty! I cannot wait until the Turbo comes out!
      joejoe509
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche will always be cool and this is a welcome refresh.
      ffelix422
      • 3 Years Ago
      What I love is that the 911, (with each new design) is becoming a midengined car... And everybody knows. :-)
      John Murphy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh wow! What an amazing difference! I can CLEARLY see the difference between this and the other models! Nice design... Oh wait, sorry, its still the same...
        Hatzenbach
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John Murphy
        most companies have to change their design completely after 5 years, cos everyone got tired of it. The approach of creating a timeless shape and refining it over decades takes a lot more heart, soul and skill than starting from scratch.
          Ernie Mccracken
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hatzenbach
          Either way, still looks ugly to me.
          Imaginary lines
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hatzenbach
          Those company's have to change becasue they mass produce which means thier cars are everywhere hince everybody tired of them.....
        Lloydchiro
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John Murphy
        This guy. The poster boy for internet troll.
      Sims
      • 3 Years Ago
      Goddamn, that's a beautiful car.
      seriousowl
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't understand all the people banging on about how the 991 looks like every 911 iteration before it, accusing the Porsche designers of lazyness. I don't even consider myself a 911 enthusiast but even I noticed the differences between the 997 and the 991 the second I layed eyes on it. The front has different, repositioned LED lights and the "bubble" front lights. The back looks completely different as well, it has that horizontal edge no other 911 had before. If you look at the car in side view the proportions have very much changed and give a whole different impression of balance. If you really think this 911 looks exactly like the models before it you're not really looking.
      mustsvt
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have always had a soft spot for 911s and their iconic shape. I find it interesting though that Ford always takes heat for "retro" styling and a solid rear axle on the Mustang while Porsche hears no such complains about the same basic body shape and hanging the engine on the back on the 911...
        stevenh
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mustsvt
        I think that heat is not for the styling of a Mustang but the low tech 'cart' type rear suspension. Not many cars out there are still using a solid axle especially a performance car, pickup trucks and trailers are the only one using this archaic system because it is cheap and can handle heavy loads
          mustsvt
          • 3 Years Ago
          @stevenh
          That low tech cart type axle doesn't keep the standard Mustang GT from being on par with an M3 on a road course while allowing the hard core drag racers their fix. It can be said a rear engine design is also archaic, but a 911 cannot be a 911 without it.
        Joe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mustsvt
        Hanging the engine over the rear wheels is what makes the 911 a blast to drive. The overall shape and engine placement are the legacy of the 911. They should not change either.
      peakarach1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those new side mirrors are UGLY they should have kept the current one.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      oxygn
      • 3 Years Ago
      This 911 has a severe case of cayman
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