The return of the 912

Porsche today announced a new model and the return of a well-loved name – 912.

As with the original 912 of the 1960s, this new car has a 911 bodyshell and is powered by a four-cylinder engine. This all-new 2.5-litre unit is essentially a cutdown version of the current 3.6-litre flat-six and features DFI. Power is a modest but acceptable 185bhp, driven through a six-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels. Gearing is for economy, with a 0-62mph time of 9.2 sec and a top speed of 125mph – fuel consumption, though, is a miserly 48mph on normal unleaded.

With UK prices starting at just £46,500, the 912 is an affordable alternative to a ‘real’ 911. However, to achieve that price point, Porsche has made sacrifices, as it did with the original 912. Standard wheels are 16-inch items (although we expect most buyers to upgrade), the PCM screen is replaced by a cubbyhole (as per GT3 RS), and the leather interior is scrapped in favour of vinyl and pinstripe fabric.

Just like the current 911, the 912 will not be badged thus, but rather with a ‘Carrera’ badge, making it indistinguishable from its more powerful cousin.

Porsche sees the new 912 as appealing to the UK and US markets. Marketing manager Avril Dummkopf explains: “UK buyers are stuck in traffic jams much of the time, so have no need for a powerful car,” she explains. “American drivers, meanwhile, are too busy drinking coffee to drive properly. It is only us Germans, and perhaps the Italians on a good day, who really drive 911s as they are meant to be driven.

The 912 will shortly be joined by an electric-powered version, developed in conjunction with UK-based Smiths Electric Vehicles, which is a world leader in electric vehicle technology.

There is a Complete Guide to the original Porsche 912 in the next issue of Total 911.

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Comments (10)

  • Avril Dummkopf – there’s one girl I’d like to meet.

  • Luis

    LOL!!!!!

  • Andrew

    Hey Avril Dumbass, congratulations you have just successfully insulted a large number of Porsche drivers around the world with your useless comments.

  • Howard

    Lmao@Andrew!! Really…”Victoria Dummkopf”?!!!

    Very droll, good stuff Phil! 🙂

  • benzyne

    Is this an April Fools joke?

  • VW-Porsche

    Entry-Level Porsche Roadster Rumors Hint At Reborn 356 – MotorAuthority

    Talk of an entry-level Porsche, possibly based on a collaborative platform with Volkswagen’s Bluesport roadster, has been circling the web for over a year now. With Porsche’s renewed focus on making not just limited-volume, purist sports cars–see Cayenne, Panamera–the entry-level sub-Boxster idea makes a lot of sense.

    All of this discussion is far from official, however, and with Porsche’s ongoing financial difficulties and new Volkswagen ownership interest, there’s a lot that could yet change before the summer of 2012.

    http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1037454_entry-level-porsche-roadster-rumors-hint-at-reborn-356

  • Russ

    look at the date!

    might be nice with turbos and ultra light spec though?

  • VW-Porsche

    Porsche announces on Earth Day 2010 a new generation of a legendary model – the 914EV.

    Latest in a series of bold announcements, Porsche chose the 40th anniversary of Earth Day to announce Gen-2 of the 40-year old 914. Rumors had previously suggested a new all electric-powered Porsche model would be developed in conjunction with UK-based Smiths Electric Vehicles, which is a world leader in electric vehicle technology.

    As with the original 914 of the 1970s, this new car has a Targa bodyshell and occasional seating for three. With a widened track, paddle shifters, plus thinly padded seats and center console, a center passenger will have more personal space than Gen-1. Once again production will be at the old Karmann plant, however the bodyshell will now be zinc plated and batteries better protected from rainwater. To make pedestrians and other motorists aware of the quiet 914EV, Porsche has designed an external sound system simulating a 914-6 engine.

    Green power is delivered through an electro-mechanical system derived from the 911 GT3 R Hybrid racecar. Four 80-hp electric motors driven through front and aft CVT powertrains will provide on-demand four wheel drive. Lithium-ion batteries mounted midship results in a moment of inertia reminiscent of the 914 Gen-1. With motorsport in mind, optional advanced traction control and collision avoidance capabilities should make the 914EV an autocross threat.

    The three-seater’s performance of 0-62mph in 3.7 sec, top speed of 145mph, and 250 mile range makes the new 914EV a viable alternative to the Tesla Roadster. Marketing analyst Eartha Dummkopf explains: “The VW Group foresees electric vehicles as the future of personal transportation”. Prices start at just $125,000 US, plus battery leasing.

  • John George Matthews

    This was an April 01 joke in 2010, but here in 2016, with the launch of the 4-cylinder 718 boxter and Cayman, the return of the 4-cylinder 912 as the base model 911 becomes a real possibillity.

  • Peter Warwick

    I would totally buy that if it were real