David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/14/12 12:00 a.m.
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A new epoch has arrived as Porsche has released the next generation of their iconic 911—the new chassis number is 991. For the 2012 model year, the 911 gets a lower, wider stance along with a longer wheelbase. Purists, however, have no need to worry: The rear-mounted flat-six engine remains. Horsepower and fuel economy are both up.

The 911 has always allowed buyers to choose from a staggering list of options, and that tradition continues. Our Carrera S test car, for example, had enough extras to boost the price from its $96,400 base to $130,140. Don't want to spend that much? One staffer built a pretty sweet Carrera for $88,000 and change. That still broke his budget, but it shows that a new 911 doesn't have to top six figures.

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