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Iconic design with a fresh spin; exceptional agility; top-level engine performance; available all-wheel drive; convertible options; surprising fuel efficiency
Porsche redesigned its venerable 911 in 2012, evolving the car from the "997" generation to the "991" generation, beginning with the rear-wheel-drive Carrera and Carrera S models in both coupe and convertible form. This year sees the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S updated to the "991" platform, which means a restyled, mostly aluminum body and 3.9-inch increase in wheelbase over the outgoing model. The new all-wheel drive models are virtually identical in appearance to the 2-wheel drive models. They also share power trains, which this year also means a slight bump in power. Carrera and Carrera 4 models utilize a 3.4L flat-six making 350 hp, up from last year's 345. And Carrera S and Carrera 4S models feature a 3.8L flat-six with an even 400 hp, up from 394 hp. Seven-speed transmissions are now featured, including the standard manual and optional PDK dual-clutch automatic. Adaptive cruise control, new for 2013, is available on the entire 911 range. It regulates speed to control the car's distance to the traffic ahead of it. When paired with the PDK transmission, it adds the Porsche Active Safe system, which senses front end collisions by warning the driver and priming the brakes. Top-of-the-line Turbo and Turbo S models (coupe and convertible) carry on with the previous-generation 997 platform, but are slated for the refresh next year.
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