• bob

    Did I miss something in the article?  I didn’t really see the specs of the car.  Power?  Acceleration?

    • Anthony

      Just hit the specification button at the top of the review and you will have access to all the specs and numbers to all the 911 variants.

      • Guest

        No sorry, I very strongly disagree with you. Because having to pressing buttons to find out information like these while reading an article disrupts my focus.

        Us readers are humans beings, not robots.

        • Tom

          And the spec’s are wrong.

  • Golfschwein

    Nice in metallic brown, a bit like my old Pop’s HR Premier.

  • Mwan3708

    Kevin, great article. I too share your passion for 911′s. 
    When you said: my favourite ‘normal’ 997-generation car was always the standard 3.4-litre one. Did you mean 3.6-litre?

    • Kevinhackett

      Yes I did – well spotted :)

  • Ima_Hogg

    My favourite Supercar I would have one in black. I’m glad Porsche didn’t stuff up the awesome steering.

  • Roadtard

    I like that red colour.  Looks good enough to eat.

  • gt86.com.au

    A real masterpiece.. shame about aussies getting ripped off. If they were priced here same as overseas there would be MANY more on the roads.. I guess at least for those stupid enough to pay double than what it is really worth gives them a sense of rarity/exclusivity..

    • Dave S

      Why do people always want to compare pricing in other countries? It has nothing to do with us, where their revenue goes. No need to mention the US and their health system. Expensive cars in australia, but would not want to live anywhere else.

      oh, new porsche 911 looks good too

      • Ripoff Oz

        I was not aware that Porsche, or VAG had anything to to do with the US or Australian Health System. I feel Porsche should be able to rippoff Austraians as much as they like, but we should be free to buy cars from any country they want.

    • Cranky

      Agreed GT. 

      These start at around $95,000 in the US, so paying nearly triple the price here to get into the entry model is just wrong. Funny – if there was a similar markup on iPads here in Aus so that they start at AU$1500, there’d be blood in the streets (well, at least a lot of screaming of corporate thieves), but  we’re not supposed to question markups on cars. 

      This sounds fair to me. Allow some slop for our ‘special’ taxes, smaller market, Aussie wage system etc, and I’m sure not too many people would argue that ~AU$130,000 entry model (40% markup on US prices) would be fair. I think I could even convince the Mrs that we need one at that price! 

      But the current ~300% markup is gouging, plain and simple. Where’s the ACCC when you need them?

      • Powerrrrrr

        rolling around in their large bribes, so they look the other way. its about time our costs are bought in line with other countries. Easiest way is to take away their excuses for high costs. if they say its our laws and regulations, lets bring them in line with other countries.

        Such as, allow us to drive left and right hand cars.
        Match our safety regulations with that of europe. (why do we need to be so special)
        Allow us to import cars newer then 1988. if they are so worried. even make it a 5 year lag time. (id be happy bringing a reasonably costed 997 or 5 series etc).

        Stop protecting the local car industry. if they want to compete, they need to lift their game. 

      • diesel

        100% agree – if Apple let the Aussie dealers mark-up prices by 300%, then there’d be blood on the streets. What options are there? “Grey imports”? problem is the Aussie resale market doesnt like them and thinks they’re stolen or “cut n shuts”. “Greys” are very common in Europe, so perhaps Oz will catch-up??

    • Thrillhouse

      What a surprise, another whinge about Australian car prices. This problem is very easily overcome: work harder or move overseas.

      • diesel

        obviously you’re a hard worker and have recently purchased a brand new Porsche in AUD?

      • Al

        Most of the people in Australia who can afford this car, don’t work hard. They just have the brazenness to let other people work FOR THEM…

  • john

    Can’t wait too read more reviews on the latest 911. Very good effort by porsche to move the game along on the exterior and interior fronts. I don’t know about the latest fad with fake exhaust ducting into cabins which BMW and porsche among others are now doing. The engine should be able to sound natual inside without needing any enhancements like subwoofers etc. Also I think the fussy writing on the back of the car is OTT. Just Carrera or Carrera S would be sufficient because we all know it is a porsche 911. To be contrarian maybe the next Boxster and Cayman are going to go up in size and look very 911ish (just like currently) to people so they are just fixing the problem now in contemplation of the future so their top model is not confused with its lesser brethren!

  • Guest00

    Daylight robbery.

  • DAVIDZ

    “the 911 still has no real peers”

    NONSENSE…..

    3 letters, GTR

    • Jamie

      You just don’t get it at all do you Davidz?
      It’s not all about brute force & speed.
      The 911 has many outstanding qualities that harmonise to create an ICON.

      • DAVIDZ

        Actually, YOU don’t get it
        The 911 is decades old, designed with crayons etc
        The GTR is age of the micron, ANYTHING the 911 can do the GTR can do better and for half the coin

        • Richard Joash Tan

          YOU REALLY DON’T GET IT!!
          DESPITE BEING DECADES OLD, THE 911 IS DESIGNED BY PASSION WHILE THE GTR IS DESIGNED BY TROLLS WHO WANT TO DO BULLS*&T THINGS!!

    • Imo

      Yeah. The 911 is the great all rounder with many talents. The gtr is too track focused & everywhere else it’s a dog…

      • Aa

        They just $$love$$ people like Jamie and Imo :))

      • DAVIDZ

        The GTR being a product of the new century would easily be more user friendly, easy to get in/out, normal back seat, normal boot, normal drive position [not a hotted up VW]
        99.94% of GTR’s are used as everyday cars, as per above VASTLY easier to live with than a cramped ancient 911

        • Richard Joash Tan

          99.9 percent of 911s are used as everyday cars and EASIEST to live with than the BULLS**T GAS-GUZZLING GTR

  • Aa

    How much is the GTR/911 in the US and in Aust? Just curious …

    • John

      Nissan GTR   in Aus $169kAUD, in US $92kAUD
      Base Carrera in Aus $223kAUD, in US $70kAUD
      Carrera S      in Aus $263kAUD , in US $92kAUD
      Hope that helps!

      • Looking For A Good Business

        An extra A$94k to transport a car from the US to Aust, good money. I will be switching to the car transportation business tomorrow!!! 

      • Tony121

         how about comparing to a country a little closer to home – NZbase Carerra = A$176Carerra S = A$198… and that includes NZ’s higher 15% GST rate…

        It’s got nothing to do with std spec either… so why so cheap when
        comapred with Oz?, because NZ doesnt have a stinking luxury car tax –
        Canberra thieves! Then, Porsche dealer thieves ;0)

        • diesel

          is it permissable to “grey import” from NZ?

  • Asdf

    Lord Willing, my middle life crisis comes early and I can afford one of these before I am 35.

  • Buzz_79

    horrid colour combo on the first car pictured – but i guess brown on tan is how the old toffees who can afford these things like them (noted as also lacking a clutch pedal)

    some nice subtle aeshetic improvements otherwise.

  • Tony121

    how about comparing to a country a little closer to home – NZ
    base Carerra = A$176
    Carerra S = A$198
    … and that includes NZ’s higher 15% GST rate…

    It’s got nothing to do with std spec either… so why so cheap when comapred with Oz?, because NZ doesnt have a stinking luxury car tax – Canberra thieves! Then, Porsche dealer thieves ;0) 

    • E36 Fan

      I hate the self entitlement in the kind of thinking that Porsche has no right to set a price significantly above it’s costs.

      Intrinsic economic features of the Australian market partially behind the high price are:
      - relatively limited factory allocation of the product (means buyers effectively bid against each other for a scarce good)
      - the willingness of prospective buyers to pay (enough buyers see value in the product at the set price to clear the supply)
      - inelastic demand (Porsche can raise the price with minimal drop off in demand)
       
      Then you’ve got to rightly figure the extra taxes, and the higher costs of living and doing business in Australia than America or NZ (e.g. compare the astronomical cost of leasing a dealership in a well healed suburb like Camberwell to a similar one in the USA or NZ).

      Don’t get me wrong I wish I could afford a 911, but don’t hate on companies that have a great concept, work hard to deliver a great product and then rightly want to profit from it. 

  • Vic

    All valid points E36. However, you have left out the most valid reason..
    High luxury car tax.. I agree with all your other points too..

  • Chucky

    Luxury car tax only accounts for a small part of the difference. The main reason it costs so much more is because thats the price Porsche feels it can charge and get away with.

    Allow parallel importation of new cars and then watch prices plummet across the board, even with the luxury car tax.

    Personally I think that the least they could do is increase the standard specification significantly so that at least you have a better idea of what you are paying for, instead of having to find that despite the ridiculous prices you still need to add 10s of thousands of dollars to the price to make it feel like it you are not buying a poverty spec model.

  • Stu

    Have never really thought the interiors were very special .The tan version is creepy.

  • Prospector

    Well, Ferdinand’s original design, was for the rear axle to be behind the motor, thus providing a more balanced design, aka the boxster. Anyone, that has tried to corner a 911 at 10/10ths will know and understand, that this cannot be done on a bumpy, off camber wet corner, or even a normal corner for that matter. One has to judiciously balance the car, in order to ensure the arse doesn’t spin out. I have owned a 911 (95 turbo), and after driving a new nissan GTR the other day, (have also driven the latest  911GT3RS), anyone here that tries to compare is wasting their time, one is an iconic sports car, the other is so fast, particularly when cornering, it’s ridiculous. The porsche is good at making drivers feel like they have accomplished something, after conquering a corner, the GTR astounds a driver at just how much faster the corner can be taken..

  • nickdl

    Sounds like someone didn’t drive the manual…

    Or did you? Anything to add about the transmission. I’m sure that while the seven gears would initially be confusing, an owner would get used to, and eventually master the transmission, just like the rest of the modern 911 “takes years to master”.

  • Blackdisc234

    too big, too much bling, too much dumb stuff (electric steering, electric park brake, stupid pdk shifters), too much money

Porsche 911 Specs

CARRERA S : 3.8L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 7 SP AUTO DUAL CLUTCH - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 2D CABRIOLET
Car Details
Make
PORSCHE
Model
911
Variant
CARRERA S
Series
997 MY12
Year
2012
Body Type
2D CABRIOLET
Seats
4
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
3.8L
Cylinders
INLINE 6
Max. Torque
400Nm @  4600rpm
Max. Power
261kW @  6600rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
173.4W/kg
Bore & Stroke
96x82.8mm
Compression Ratio
11.8
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
7 SP AUTO DUAL CLUTCH
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
0
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
64
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
10.1L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1505
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1300mm
Length
4427mm
Width
1808mm
Ground Clearance
96mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:0  Unbrake:0
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.9
Front Rim Size
8x19
Rear Rim Size
11x19
Front Tyres
235/35 R19
Rear Tyres
295/30 R19
Wheel Base
2350
Front Track
1486
Rear Track
1516
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Standard Features
Comfort
Automatic Air Con / Climate Control, Power front seats
Control & Handling
19 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Sports Suspension
Driver
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Satellite Navigation
Entertainment
CD with 6 CD Stacker, Radio Compact Disc Player, Sound System with 13 Speakers
Exterior
Electric Top, Fog Lights - Front, Power Mirrors
Interior
Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Comfort
Heated Front Seats
Control & Handling
Performance Brake Package
Engine & Transmission
Diff Locks
Exterior
Hardtop, Metallic Paint Special
Interior
Aluminium Trim, Carbon Fibre Trim
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  30,000 kms
Warranty
24 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
8-G-21
Country of Origin
GERMANY