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The brilliant new Porsche 911 coupe has been improved in almost every area

22 Feb 2012

NOW ONLY in its third all-new iteration since 1963, the 911 faces a bright future by achieving a barely believable quinella of better performance, improved driveability, falling fuel consumption, a bigger body, and reduced weight.

The result, predictably enough, is phenomenal, sending the iconic Porsche soaring into the supercar stratosphere with utter insouciance.

But prices have also jumped, while something magical may have also been misplaced…
Model release date: 1 February 2012 to 1 January 2016

Previous model

997 Series II 911 Carrera

Released: October 2008
Ended: February 2012
Family Tree: 911

MORE than just a facelift of the 2004-era 997 – itself a rebodied version of the radically modernised and watercooled 996 – the Series II introduced all-new watercooled direct-injection flat-six cylinder petrol engines that dramatically increased efficiency and performance.

This was especially obvious when mated to the all-new Porsche PDK seven-speed dual-clutch automated gearbox, available for extra cost over the standard six-speed manual, and the long-overdue replacement for the outmoded five-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.

The base Coupe, Cabriolet and new Targa variations used a 254kW/390Nm 3.6-litre unit, but the majority of buyers stumped up for the Carrera S model’s 283kW/420Nm 3.8-litre engine, that pushed the 911 right into supercar territory as far as performance was concerned.

Like before, all-wheel drive versions were also available (known as the Carrera 4). Among the limited editions based on the Carrera were the 2011 Black Edition (based on the entry-level car) as well as the 300kW/420Nm GTS.

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