Monday, August 29, 2011

Garage Preview: Porsche Introduces 7th-Generation 911

The completely redesigned 7th-generation Porsche 911 Carrera recently made its world debut. At first glance, the vehicle looks the same as the 2011 model. However, the wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer and the height has been reduced, emphasizing the wider front track. The side mirrors are now mounted on the upper edge of the door, which also helps highlight the new design line and gives the visual impression of width.

Moreover, the 911 Carrera will be equipped with a new 350-hp, 3.4-liter boxer engine, while the 911 Carrera S will be outfitted with a 400 hp, 3.8-liter boxer engine, pushing out 15 extra horses than the previous model.

Just as one would expect from the German automaker, Porsche designers created an interior reminiscent of the Carrera GT. The driver is now even more closely integrated within the cockpit thanks to the rising center console and high-mounted shift lever or gear selector located close to the steering wheel. 

Also this Porsche will have two features to improve gas mileage: an Automatic-Start-Stop function and the world’s first seven-speed manual transmission. 

And for those looking to get behind the wheel, they'll have to wait until next year. The first new 911 models will arrive in U.S. dealerships beginning in February of 2012. The new 911 Carrera Coupe will have a base MSRP of $82,100, while the 911 Carrera S Coupe’s base MSRP will be $96,400. Prices do not include the destination cost.  However, when spending this much money, who is really concerned about desination costs or car insurance, for that matter?

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