Manama. Porsche Centre Bahrain, Behbehani Brothers W.l.l, celebrated the arrival of the new 911 Carrera and Carrera S Coupé with a thrilling reveal show at The Gulf Hotellast night. The icon, highly anticipated by sports car aficionados and now available in its seventh generation, has undergone a complete re-design.
Approximately 800 guests were invited to be part of the exclusive gala event and see live the new 911 generation reveal. With an incredible 3D show demonstrating the 48-year history of the 911 series, the involvement of regional racing heroes from the Porsche owned GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, a high-tech product presentation and a virtual tour on the famous Nordschleife of the Nürburgring, the audience’s emotions rose high before the cars appeared surprisingly from literally beneath all guests.
The new 911 Carrera, many said could never be bettered, features now a flatter, stretched silhouette, exciting contours and precisely designed details. Its wheelbase is now 100 millimetres longer, sits lower to the ground and consequently offers even better handling dynamics for more driving pleasure of 911 connoisseurs.
George Wills, Managing Director of Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE, says: “This is a moment which marks a new era for our brand. The 911 Carrera is the re-definition of what a sports car should be. No fewer than 90 per cent of all components are either new or have been fundamentally revised. The aim of building ‘the best 911 ever’ has been fulfilled - proven by the new lap time of just 7 minutes 40 seconds on the famous Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit – 14 seconds faster than the previous model.
“With a history spanning five decades, the new 911 remains unmistakably Porsche’s iconic sports car”, added Wills.
Offering a blistering top speed of 289 km/h for the standard version, it is the first passenger car in the world to feature seven-speed manual transmission. It is also the first sports car equipped with an auto start/stop function; electro-mechanical power steering and a new ‘coasting function’, in vehicles equipped with the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK). The new electro-mechanical power steering offers even better precision and response, while increasing efficiency and reducing general fuel consumption.
The athletic 350hp 3.4-litre boxer engine on the 911 Carrera consumes a mere 8.2 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres that’s 16 per cent less over its predecessor. And with an emission level of 194 g/km CO2, it is the first Porsche sports car to make it below the 200 g/km mark.
The Carrera S, featuring a 3.8-litre boxer engine, produces 400 hp and manages to accelerate from nought to 100km/h in 4.3 seconds. Pressing the ‘Sport Plus’ button on the optional Sport Chrono package cuts that to 4.1 seconds.
The all-new, lightweight body is an intelligent aluminium-steel construction, providing an overall weight reduction of up to 45 kilogrammes, and significantly greater rigidity. Aerodynamic optimisation measures, including a wider, variably extending rear spoiler, means the lift of the new 911 Carrera is further reduced.
But not only on the outside, has the iconic sports car been transformed. Porsche’s Design team from Weissach created a completely new interior based on cues from the Porsche Carrera GT. The driver is now even more closely integrated with the cockpit thanks to the centre console rising up to the front with the high-mounted shift lever located especially close to the steering wheel in typical motor sport fashion.
Morgan Sunderland, Brand Manager of Porsche Centre Bahrain, said: “There has been such excitement surrounding the release of this 911. We have had a great deal of interest, and I fully expect we will be working extremely hard throughout 2012 to meet customer demand. With the nearly endless options available through Porsche Exclusive and Porsche Tequipment, each one of the Porsche 911 Carrera models you will see in our market will be as individual as its owner.”
With the new 911 Carrera the span of apparently contradictory attributes that have typified the Porsche 911, such as performance and efficiency, sportiness and everyday practicality has been even further extended.
First deliveries of the new Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S Coupé start on 11th of February 2012. Basic retail prices in Bahrainare as follows:
911 Carrera Coupé 34,600 Bahraini Dinars
911 Carrera S Coupé 41,000 Bahraini Dinars
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