Porsche’s 2012 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S make their official world debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, but you can see the 911 Carrera S on the road in the video below. At first glance, the 2012 Porsche 911 looks a lot like the 2011 version, until you view them side by side. The new car is longer, wider, and just a bit shorter, which gives it a lower center of gravity and allows for slightly better weight distribution. It’s shed some 100 pounds since last year, and both versions get more powerful engines for 2012.
The 3.4-liter flat six in the base 911 Carrera now puts out 350 horsepower, which is five more than last year, while the Carrera S makes an even 400 horsepower, or 15 more than last year. To put that in perspective, the 2012 Porsche Carrera S is now faster than the higher-strung 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS. In fact, if you equip the base Carrera with the PDK transmission and the Sport Chrono kit, it will match the 0-60 time of last year’s Carrera GTS. Both engines are more fuel efficient, too, but no one buys a new Porsche 911 if they’re concerned about fuel economy. More power and more fuel economy? Now that’s what we call progress.
Both cars will hit Porsche dealer showrooms in February of 2012, with the Carrera model starting at $82,100 and the Carrera S model starting at $96,400.