Porsche pulled form-fitting covers off two of its all-new 911 models today at Rennsport Reunion IV, marking the first official unveiling of the vehicle in North America. While we were at the Frankfurt Motor Show in mid-September for the Type 991's worldwide debut, it was an excellent opportunity to check out a few static examples up close and watch some of Porsche's famed drivers take hot laps around the Laguna Seca race circuit in two similar models circling the track.

On display were two of the upgraded 911 S models, fitted with 3.8-liter flat-six engines that produce 400 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque (standard Carrera models have a 3.4-liter flat-six rated at 350 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque). A seven-speed manual is standard in both rear-wheel-drive models, with Porsche's seven-speed PDK automated gearbox optional.

Bigger, better and lighter than its equivalent Type 997 predecessor, the new two-door promises impressive performance. According to Porsche, the 3,075-pound Carrera S will hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with the PDK (with Sport Chrono option), while the 3,042-pound Carrera will need 4.2 seconds to hit the same benchmark. Our first opportunity to drive is just around the corner, and we can't wait to tell you about it.

Check out the photo gallery of the 2012 Porsche 911 above, and look for more coverage from Rennsport Reunion IV over the next few days.


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      lpattis
      • 3 Years Ago
      Need 991 C4S....
      Drakkon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Overall, gorgeous. I really like it. Someone mentioned why buy this when you can have a GTR, one reason is the 991 carrera s laps the ring as fast as the out going GT3 which means very good news for the next gen 911 'performance' models. I have two hairs to split. I would love if they could bring back the more upright headlights of the 964. And what's with all the copy on the read bumper? 'Porsche 911 Carrera S'. Seriously? It like a restaurant that wants to put the whole menu on the sign. Steak, Chicken, Fish, Pasta, breadsticks with every entree....
        Brad
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        Wow, that main picture looks beautiful. But you nailed my exact sentiments on the bumper reading 'Porsche Carrera S'. I would definitely remove Porsche. Oh, I too would like to see a vertical headlight 964 throwback, sort of like what they did with the 997 Sport Classic.
        lewazzinaroillus
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        see comment above by me
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        Should just say Carrera S or 911S. You're right
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Judah Richardson
      • 3 Years Ago
      The new look is *hot*. Haven't been this excited for a new 911 since the 2004/5 model year
      larshafner
      • 3 Years Ago
      never thought that sexy and 911 would make sense together.. but they nailed it with this generation!
      Kiiks
      • 3 Years Ago
      The proportions on the 991 are just... right. The shorter overhangs and longer wheelbase just give it so much presence.
      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 911 body design is simply timeless. Very little tweaking to keep it fresh. At the same time you can imagine how hard it would be to come up with these small changes to an already great design. This is the very best sports car in the world. I love it`s clean design. I`d take a Corvette second as my second choice.
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just saw this: http://www.gtspirit.com/2011/10/15/2012-porsche-911-laps-nurburgring-in-740-similar-to-997-gt3/ Another pretty f**king impressive number for the 991. Eat your socks haters!
      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love it. Now let me get back to work so I can someday afford one.
      Mide
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 20's make the brakes look tiny.
        Mide
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mide
        Overall fantastic look though other than that.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Trent
      • 3 Years Ago
      I honestly do not know what they did but I can't take my eyes off of it. I love the performance figures of the GT-R but this would be my choice all day long. Sex on wheels.
        M.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Trent
        primarily, they lowered it and made it longer, along with a few other minor details. i used to respect the 911, but now i lust after it. well played, porsche.
        lewazzinaroillus
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Trent
        no serious sports car enthusiast pays the slightest bit of attention to the gtr,...the car does everything for you, and needs to cool down after 4 laps,...where's the fun in that?,...porsches go all day every day at the track,...that's why real motor sports enthusiasts love 'em!,...manny tranny,...challenging to drive correctly,...they are THE benchmark in sportscar production for a reason!
        Beastage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Trent
        I don't know exactly what changed, but this looks a lot more classical ...
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