2011 Los Angeles Auto Show: 2012 Porsche 911 Debut

By Joel Arellano | November 14, 2011
What's New "The more things change, the more they stay the same." That was our thought after we first laid eyes on photos of the all-new 2012 Porsche 911 and that thought remains when we looked at the real deal at the LA Auto Show. At first glance, Porsche's signature sports car looks little changed from the prior model. But once you take a step back you can see that it's longer between the wheels, making it more spacious than any other 911 before it. The biggest changes, though are under the hood: the 2012 Porsche 911 is not only more powerful, but also gains in fuel economy. Yes, Virginia: Porsche has gone green.
Porsche also revealed the 2012 Panamera GTS at the show. This new edition expands the model choices from seven to eight and slots neatly between the Panamera S and Panamera Turbo models. Finally, jaws dropped when the execs revealed a teaser of the upcoming Porsche Performance Center ala driving school located in Southern California. You can bet the competition's going to be fierce to get enrolled at that place. Who It's For Porsche rarely makes dramatic changes to its 911 and the sports car's ardent fans love it that way. Yes, the 2012 Porsche 911 and 911 S have more space. Yes, there's the segment first seven speed manual transmission. Yes, there's electric power steering, a first for Porsche and a contributor to the 911's fuel economy. Style-wise, the 2012 Porsche 911 continues on with the long hood, round headlights, and canyon-carving prowess. Expect major competitors, from the Nissan GT-R, Audi R8, to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, returning to the drawing boards as they scratch their heads figuring how to match the 911's same, yet different, prowess. Key Features Porsche refines its offerings instead of reinventing them and the 2012 Porsche 911 continues this trend with:
  • The industry's first seven-speed manual transmission.
  • Two engine choices: a 3.4-liter flat-6 with 350 horsepower, or a 3.8-liter flat-6 with 400 hp.
  • "Coasting" mode puts automatic-equipped 911s into neutral when decelerating without using the brakes.
Pricing of the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera starts at $83,050 which includes the $950 destination charge. The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S starts at $97,350 including the destination charge. The automaker has not released pricing of the 2012 Porsche Panamera GTS at the time of the post.
What We Think Porsche 911 is the standard other automakers benchmark when designing their sports car, and the 2012 model continues to hold its placement in the front of the pack. However, expect the competition to continue to inch closer and closer: as recent BMW and Mercedes-Benz sales can attest, holding first place continues to get harder as automakers revamp their vehicles to the top of their class.