There's much new technology in the new 911, not the least of which is the first seven-speed manual gearbox ever. The H-pattern shifter fits neatly in a cabin that's as simple and clearly organized as any 911, despite the presence of a big LCD touchscreen and the evident influence of the Panamera and its dozens of buttons, here flanking the 911's wider center console.
The seventh-generation 911 is a bigger car, and carries its weight low--actually, it's about a hundred pounds less than the outgoing version. The 991 version is 3.9 inches longer and sits much lower, and also has a wider front track.
Powertrains at launch will include a 350-horsepower flat six engine, and an S version with 400 hp. Automatic and dual-clutch transmissions--the awesome Porsche "PDK" in action--will be offered, and of course we expect the model range will spill out over the coming years with Cabriolet, Carrera 4, Turbo and 4 S versions.
We'll bring you more when we get in our first new 911 for a road test. Meanwhile, for more pictures of the 2012 Porsche 911, click over to our mega-gallery of new photos.