Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Porsche AG
Porsche's 911 has in itself become a timeless icon of performance, beauty, and elegance that brings with it a 48-year heritage of five generations and countless race victories. But this year, the 911's throne must be handed over to a new heir when Porsche crowns the latest addition to the Carrera family, the all-new 991.
Staying true to tradition, the completely redesigned 2012 Carrera still takes on the distinctive 911 silhouette. It retains the 911's familiar proportions but with a lowered roofline, wider front track, and a 100 mm streched wheelbase fitted with 10-spoke 20-inch wheels. Its contours are also much leaner, realized through the front and rear bonnet's gentler curves. And if you haven't noticed, the front turn signals now sit on top of the air dams, the side mirrors repositioned on doors, and the tail lights drawn with a smaller taper. Constructed out of aluminum and steel, the all-new body has gone on a stringent diet losing as much as 45 kg in weight, which should help improve the 911's already impressive performance.