Porsche Announces Frankfurt Offensive

This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show promises to be the best one ever, but the car that’s at the top of our to-see list is the all-new 911 Carrera. It might only be an evolution that comes from 50 years of putting the engine in the wrong place, but it brings so many little changes that add up to a big picture to impress everybody.

Among the biggest changes brought about by the new 2012 generation, we’d like to mention a downsized engine for the base Carrera, the introduction of a seven-speed manual gearbox that will save you money at the fuel pumps. The car is more elegant, has a longer wheelbase for extra room inside, is lighter and even comes with the same sort of interior layout as the Panamera does.

Yet this sportscar is not the only thing that the Stuttgart is going to bring the crowds in this year, as a number of other debut are scheduled, chief among them being the Panamera Diesel. This model makes a lot of sense to us, as adding an even more frugal engine means it’s a much better GT. Going straight to the official figures, we’ll remind you this 250 horsepower model is capable of only consuming 6.3 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres based on the NEDC with optional low-friction tyres.

Other impressive models to bear the Porsche badge include the new 911 GT3 RS 4.0, a limited production model that will be limited to just 600 cars in total. The most impressive thing about it is that its 4.0-liter engine isn’t just a bit bigger, but also manages to put out 500 hp, which was enough for a Nurburgring lap time of 7:27 minutes.

The Cayman S Black Edition will also be pulling in the crowds in Frankfurt. It’s powered by a 3.4-litre flat-six engine with power output increased by 10 hp to 330 hp. Impressive stuff, but we’re holding onto our money for the new 911.
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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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