2012 Porsche 911 Official Photos Leaked Ahead of Frankfurt Debut

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A set of seven photos coming from have just made our day. How can mere pixels be so important? Well, they reveal in full the most important new car coming from Porsche in a long time. Official photos have squeezed through the cracks in the media defense of the Stuttgart carmaker and are now doing the round on the Internet. Both interior and exterior images of the mighty Carrera are shown here, and it’s not just the new tail light that caught our attention. We’ll start with the exterior, which is of course more of an evolution of the classic shape than a revolution. However, if you look close enough, the changes to the overall proportions become evident. The headlights look more modern than ever, but still have that svelte sportscar look to them. Slight changes made at the front include a new set daytime-running LEDs housed into the front edges. The overall impression we get is of a more purposeful design, thanks to the wider, more squat shape and those humps that flow from the light, which are less evident. Porsche fans will also notice the lower bumper’s lines have changed a bit, especially the middle trapezoidal opening. From the side, the extender wheelbase is evident, which is expected to provide extra interior space, especially needed in the back. The length of the car has also increased by 56 millimeters, while the height is reduced by 11 mm. If this were a Lamborghini we were talking about, the conversation would be dominated by anima references and Stealth fighter lines, but the Germans do their designing using millimeters. Moving on to the shot of the back, the changes brought abut by the 2012 generation of 911 become evident, as the tail has been squashed down fore a more coupe-ish look, leaving us to admire much thinner taillights and a more sloped rear windscreen. Again, this is only for true Porsche fans to enjoy, but we have to report that the engine cover has been changed from a four-tier layout in the old 911 to a three-tier one. We have to admit the rear shot of the car is impeccable and reminds us of the Porsche 918. Two interior shots are available at the moment, and they show clear inspiration from the Panamera, with increased sophistication visible on the new center console. The layout is completely different from the current 911 range. We’ll have to wait a bit more (not a lot - Porsche should be forced to come clean with the details now) before official info arrives, but it’s expected that the engine range will see a 3.4-liter that’s shared with the Cayman replacing the old 3.6-liter. This will be used on the base Carrera and Carrera 4 models, while the 3.8-liter will be kept for the Carrera S and 4S. autoevolution will be attending the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as for first-hand details of the motorized contraptions presented at the event.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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