What is it? Longer, lower, and wider than the outgoing 911, the redesigned model sticks with the same iconic shape, while delivering more power, better fuel economy, and checking in at 100 lbs. less.
Two 911 models will be offered, both with the Carrera designation. The base model gets a 350-hp, 3.4-liter six-cylinder boxer engine, while the Carrera S uses a 400-hp, 3.8-liter six-cylinder. Matched with a seven-speed manual transmission, Porsche says the base model will accelerate from 0-60 mph in as little as 4.2 seconds, while the S will do the same in less than 4 seconds. EPA fuel mileage numbers have not been released, but Porsche says both emissions and fuel economy have been improved by up to 16 percent in European models.
Other changes to help with fuel efficiency and reduce weight include automatic engine start-stop to conserve fuel when sitting at traffic lights and such, greater use of aluminum in its construction, electro-hydraulic power steering, and a coasting feature in conjunction with the seven-speed manual transmission.
What is new or notable? The seven-speed manual is the first one seen in a production car.
CR's take: The latest incarnation of the 911 looks worthy of wearing the badge, delivering increased performance and efficiency at the same time.
When will it be available? February 2012.