The 2012 Porsche 911 has been soaking up its share of plaudits, now its ready to soak up its share of your bank account. The "longer, lower, wider, 100-pounds lighter, faster" 911 has finally reached dealerships in its two initial guises: 350-horsepower Carrera and 400-horsepower Carrera S.

The entry model will need $82,100 of your hard earned cash, which is a $4,300 premium over the 2011 Carrera MSRP. It takes another $14,300 to affix an S to the rear end. Those prices don't include the $950 destination charge, but you wouldn't let such a tifle stand between you and history anyway, right? You'll find a press release with a few more details after the jump, then we can all turn our attention to the 911 Turbo.
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New Seventh-Generation Porsche 911 On-Sale Now
2012 911 Carrera and Carrera S are ready to conquer the hearts and minds of sports car enthusiasts


ATLANTA, Feb. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Porsche Cars North America today announced that the new Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S models have arrived in Porsche showrooms around the country. The latest generation of the iconic Porsche 911 is on-sale now.

Following its media introduction last fall, journalists world-wide have titled this latest 911 as the best yet. All early indicators point to it remaining every bit the icon it has been since its 1964 debut.

"Whether this will be a customer's first or just their latest Porsche 911, it's going to be the most invigorating ownership experience yet," said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. "The 911 Carrera and Carrera S are the ultimate choices for drivers who want the fun and excitement of a true benchmark-setting sports car week in and week out, not just for show or play during the weekends."

For 2012, the 911 has been completely redesigned from the ground up. The newest incarnation applies singular balance to the priorities of a new era, preserving the classic 911 lines, yet revisiting every inch for advances in power and fuel economy. While still instantly recognizable as a Porsche 911 at a glance, 90 percent of the 2012 911's components are either new or fundamentally revised.

Longer, lower, wider, 100 lbs. lighter, faster and more efficient than previous models, the 911 is the perfect blend of modern design, intelligent engineering and performance DNA.

In addition to aesthetic improvements, both new models offer significant performance enhancements. The 2012 911 Carrera is equipped with a new, 350-horsepower, 3.4-liter boxer engine that provides five more horsepower (HP) than the outgoing 3.6-liter engine, while the Carrera S features a 400 HP, 3.8-liter boxer engine--a 15 HP improvement versus its predecessor. The 911 Carrera with Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) accelerates from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds, while the Carrera S sprints from zero to 60 in a mere 4.1 seconds. That time is reduced even further to 3.9 seconds when equipped with the Sports Chrono Package Plus. Top-track-speeds for the 911 Carrera and Carrera S are 179 and 188 mph, respectively.

As with every generation, the new 911 Carrera continues to raise the bar in both performance and efficiency. This is achieved through systems such as the Automatic Start/Stop function, engine and transmission thermal management, electrical system recuperation, the world's first seven-speed manual transmission and--in conjunction with PDK--the ability to 'sail' or coast. The new electro-mechanical power steering offers the typical Porsche precision and helps to increase efficiency and reduce fuel consumption.

The new 911 Carrera Coupe has a base MSRP of $82,100, and the 911 Carrera S Coupe starts at $96,400 (excluding destination fees).

Visit http://www.porsche.com/usa/ for the new Porsche On-Line configurator.

About Porsche Cars North America
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars, the Cayenne SUV and Panamera Gran Turismo. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 196 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand's 63-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency. At the core of this success is Porsche's proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.


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      larshafner
      • 2 Years Ago
      the sportscar by which all others are being measured and it has become a sexy a$$ machine too!
      TexRob
      • 2 Years Ago
      New rear is super sexy IMHO. I like this new model, good improvement on the design all around.
      ShutoSteve
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just went and sat in one two days ago here in Toronto. Excellent car, but it feels bigger on the inside - and I personally liked the smaller, tighter feeling of the 997.
      chirowolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the upgrades, but almost $100K for an S model is just too much for me. Maybe I will just have to set my sights lower and look at a Cayman S. Ok screw the budget. Bring on the V12 Vantage.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        ShutoSteve
        • 2 Years Ago
        I've been waiting since 1995! Join the queue!
        • 2 Years Ago
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      Yaro Park
      • 2 Years Ago
      How much do you think prices on used 2005-2006 997 and 1998-2004 996 will drop in a year because of new gen will be floating around???
      jamiescale
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the first 911 I've actually wanted....I think it looks great (altho not 100% on board w/ front fascia LED integration) ...I can't wait to see them in person around town as I continue to not be able to afford one.
      TBQ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Didn't the Turbo used to be a hair over $100,000? Now a Carrera is that much? Proof positive the rich are getting richer.
        action3500
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TBQ
        A) Turbo was $120K+ for a long time. B) Base Porsche cars come without wheels or steering wheel. Nicely equipped 911 will always be $100K+, with average 911 Turbo being in $150k territory.
        Noah
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TBQ
        I would like to applaud Autoblog for hiring Ben Bernanke to post as TBQ with his in-depth knowledge of economic indicators. I was not personally aware of a consumer product being offered for sale as a marker of our growing economic inequality, but that's why Autoblog has hired Ben Bernanke to set us all straight. In other news, I went down to my local 7/11 to buy a Butterfinger bar and a RedBull. This is clearly an indication that the poor are indeed getting poorer.
        mrpinto
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TBQ
        Lol, TBQ, meet inflation. The CEO's and finance types your bitching about earn so much that a 911 is a drop in the bucket - at 80K or 100K. They'd barely notice the difference. Inflation is 3-5% a year, plus whatever variations in currency exchange rates. That adds up over a few years to be a real deal.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      The front end of this car looks like a squished VW Beetle.
        Sukairain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        Minor Correction: The front end of the car STILL looks like a squished VW Beetle.
        mrpinto
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        Haters gonna hate. The 911 and Beetle have a shared heritage. Their cousins. The design teams for both have stuck to their respective roots. Basically, if at any point a 911 *DOESN'T* look like a "squashed beetle" then some designer at VW or Porsche has ****** up and abandoned their machine's classic style. A 911 is always going to look like a 911. From the 60's to now. That's what a brand is. You see a car with that stance and profile and you know you're looking at the winningest track car of all time. You see one that's a bit taller and rounder and you know you're looking at it's friendly, cheaper cousin.
          mrpinto
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mrpinto
          Ugh, "they're" cousins. No edit on the comments...
      • 2 Years Ago
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        ShutoSteve
        • 2 Years Ago
        Newsflash Dan - You use a stove? You use a fridge? You buy stuff with plastic? I'm sure as hell willing to bet your computer isn't made out of industrialized metal. You produce waste? You wash your hands? You take a dump? You eat? You wear clothes? All those things are done/used in the form of harming the environment far worse then the combustion engine does. The scale of the combustion engines damage on the environment is far lower than with plastics/factories/ships/planes, etc. You need to wake up - The combustion engine isn't killing the environment. You are. And so are we. Now live with it buddy, and take your spewn out sh!t elsewhere.
        Noah
        • 2 Years Ago
        Your song and dance may have been funny the first time, Dan... but you need to choose your audience a little better. I'll buy an electric vehicle when the market is more mature. The Leaf and Tesla S aren't really calling my name.
      TBQ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Has anyone ever driven a new 911? They seem to be a dime a dozen around here, somewhat of a cliche car for 30-somethings that make good coin. I assume the guys buy them for flash, but to be honest, they don't even get the best spots at valet, i.e. nobody really even cares about them. My girlfriend thinks they look like VW Bugs (yes, I know the history). If I was spending upwards or over $100,000 on a flashy sports car, I'd want something that is appreciated by a larger audience. Audi R8 please.
        waetherman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TBQ
        I think the main reason that people buy Porsches is to drive them, not to be seen in them. There are plenty of cars that are flashier or go faster, but I'd wager few that are better to drive at that price.
        me
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TBQ
        A regular 911 isn't even that flashy, especially in a low key color. I am sorry your girlfriend has poor taste in cars.
          TBQ
          • 2 Years Ago
          @me
          I wouldn't call any 2-seat Euro exotic "low-key," especially when that car is a $100,000 Porsche. It's not as flashy because it's so popular. It's basically become a right of passage for flashy middle aged guys.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TBQ
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          TBQ
          • 2 Years Ago
          $40,000 is a big chunk of change. Did you look at anything else? Curious what sold you on the Porsche.
        mrpinto
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TBQ
        Man, a bunch of things here... 911s aren't really that flashy. You buy them because you've driven one. Driving one makes it really hard to settle for less. Now instead of "less" you could go "more," but the "more" cars (like the R8) are usually less reliable, more expensive, don't have back seats, have lower ground clearance, etc. For many (myself included), the 911 is a great balance between performance, practicality, and affordability. I travel a lot with my wife and dog and gear (I'm on a traveling sports team). For me, that eliminated a bunch of nearly comparable cars that have only two seats: faster corvettes, R8s, etc. I manual is a must for me, so the GTR is out, and just about everything made by Mercedes. What's left? I looked at an M3 but liked the 911 better. I was going to look at the Audi S4, but couldn't find one in my area with a manual. The 911 is an absolute blast to drive. It's reliable, it's proven, it has a stick shift, a seat in the back for my dog, a reasonable ground clearance, and brings a smile to my face whenever I turn it on. Asshats like you can judge me for having one, but I give literally zero *****. If you want an R8, buy one. If you think I'm trying to impress you, or girls, or my peers, or whatever, fine, think that. You'll be wrong, but somehow I don't think it'll be your first time in that territory. Cheers.
      ChadP
      • 2 Years Ago
      350 hp not enough at that price point.
        me
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ChadP
        The car does not weigh that much, it does not need 999 hp like a Camaro or Mustang to be quick.
        mrpinto
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ChadP
        I'd try driving one before being so confident in that assessment. The traction from having an engine over your rear wheels can make a difference. Even so, a Porsche will NEVER be competitive in a $ per HP sense. If HP is what you want, buy American. You get a Porsche for the driving feel, not the HP. It's a track car, not a drag racer.
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