The new 991-generation Porsche 911 is perhaps the most controversial entry in the series yet, as it represents a gain in dimensions as well as a shift toward Porsche’s new electro-mechanical steering setup. Porsche-philes everywhere have debated the implications of these changes, but is there really all that much to get upset about? Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago gets behind the wheel of a 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet to find out.
In Carrera S trim, the new 911 makes 400 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque from its 3.8-liter flat-six engine. Though the car adds nearly four inches to its wheelbase and two inches to its overall length, weight has actually been reduced from the previous model. As a result of the increased dimensions, the engine now sits further inside the car, which helps to improve handling. After a brief rundown of the changes made from the last generation, associate road test editor Carlos Lago takes the Porsche to the track to run it through a variety of tests.
During acceleration runs, Lago comments that the Carrera S might hit 60 mph before you can say the full name of Porsche’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, Porsche Doppelkuplungsgetriebe (or PDK). If the car's 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds doesn’t impress you, the Carrera S also completes the quarter-mile in 12.1 seconds at 116.0 mph.
After the handling and braking tests are completed, Lago seeks out some curvy backroads to test the new 911 in the real world. Once on the road, he talks about what the latest set of changes mean for the storied nameplate. Check out the full episode below to hear what he has to say.