Porsche 991 Launch

By | February 19, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to attend a launch party for the brand new Porsche 911 code named 991.  The event was held at the beautiful Sundance Resort in Utah.  To kick things off guests were invited to drive a Porsche Cayenne S and a Porsche Panamera S in order to show off the stellar AWD system of the Cayenne and also to show the interior of the Panamera.  From there we were invited to mingle with other guests while drinks and hors d’ouervres were served.

As the evening progressed the General Manager of Ken Garff Porsche, who hosted the event, introduced the new car with a brief history of Porsche and the 911 and the importance of keeping with Porsche Tradition and the steps taken by the Porsche engineers in doing so.  And then, the curtains were pulled.

The new car is stunning!  This particular car was the Carrera S version in Agate Gray, which under the spotlight, looked to be the same color as concrete.  From its new, bubbly headlights, the triangular taillights the car is definitely 911.  The visual differences are subtle to the untrained eye but the Porsche enthusiast will also see the bulging wide-body look fenders.  Out back the car has a new spoiler similar to recent 911s which pop up at speed but is much wider and gives the car an even more aggressive look when it is raised.  Although the car is stunning, in some ways it reminds me even more of a squashed VW Beetle.  I’m not sure if its the bulging fenders, the bulging eyeball headlights, or the combination of the two, but no matter which it is, I love it!

The interior has the standard gauge layout with the big tach in the middle, speedo on the left, a reconfigurable display on the right and then being flanked by the other necessary gauges on either side.  The center of the dash has the stopwatch from the Sport Chrono Package and the console was styled heavily after console in the Panamera and Carrera GT.  The car featured here had a 7-speed PDK transmission but a manual is also offered with a first of its kind 7-speed.

Now you are probably wondering what about the specs.  The “base” model 911 comes with a 3.4L H6 producing 350hp, has the choice of either a 7-speed manual or PDK transmission, and will do 0-60mph in about 4.6 seconds.  Price starts at $82,100.  The “S” model comes with a bigger, more powerful 3.8L H6 which produces 400hp, has the same choices in transmissions but will now do a Road&Track tested 0-60mph run in 3.5 seconds making it nearly as fast to 60 as the legendary McLaren F1!  Its also 14 seconds faster around the Nurburgring than the previous model.  The price on this, $96,400.

You can find a gallery of the event here.


4 Comments

Chad Waite on February 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm.

I love Porsches, don’t get me wrong. But $82,100 for 350HP…? That’s $234 per horse. That’s a lot of money. For comparison, let’s assume we know the new 650 hp Shelby GT500 Mustang is priced at $60,000. That’s an astonishingly low $92 per horse. Of course it won’t drive as well as the Porsche by a long shot, but 350 HP for the base 991 seems very underwhelming. 

AJ Wilcox on February 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm.

Awesome unveiling party, Chance! Mad props to the dealership for putting on something like that. 

AJ Wilcox on February 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm.

 That’s always been my problem with Porsche. Assuming their base models are decent, paying the many thousands of dollars for their S variant for an extra 20 hp is sad. I guess the idea is it isn’t the size of the engine, but how you use it…

Chance Hales on February 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm.

In this case AJ its a 50HP Difference and a full second faster to 60mph. And Chad, you are so right but Porsche has never been about mad horsepower. I honestly don’t see how the GT500 will put all that power down and be that much faster than the current car. The Porsche has and always will be a benchmark to driving excellence an so will BMW. The Shelby can’t touch that! (and this coming from a Mustang guy)

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