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First Drive: 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S front

The flat six of the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S holds a monstrous wail that invades the cabin as we watch the rpm needle stretch into the upper echelons of the center pod—it feels as though the gear will never end. We are putting down all of the engine’s new, round 400-hp figure as the digital display surpasses 130 mph. There is no drama—no more than at 70 mph—and cabin noise seems limited to the deeper-than-we-remember-for-a-911 exhaust note just behind our right shoulder. Our attention is on the road, but it is somewhere soon after 135 mph when we become suddenly aware of the resulting prison time if caught doing nearly double the posted speed limit on the long stretch of open highway. We snap off the throttle, but the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S we are piloting doesn’t slow down in a dramatic fashion. Its rpms don’t drop. In fact, they hold near the boiling point as it waits for our next input; it is ready to conquer the next stretch of highway.

A turn off presents a sweeping corner, and we allow the car to enter at a conservative momentum. We push deep into the throttle early—a trademark ability with the rear engine—to exit the corner with tremendous speed. We feel the car get a little loose underfoot, but it holds its line. Forced to withdraw to the congesting traffic just ahead, we slow and mundanely slide into a place in line, providing a chance for our heart rate to lower.

It is exhilarating. It is beautiful. It is the new 991.

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2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S rear

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 2/14/2012 at 5:46 AM
Categories: Porsche
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