Video: What went into testing the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera

Usually, owners of an automobile are pretty much unaware of the rigorous testing a vehicle goes through before ending up in production and heading to your local dealership – especially a vehicle with the high-performance and precision capabilities of the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera.

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Porsche has just released a video of its engineers rigorously testing the 2012 911 in South Africa and the Arctic Circle.

Before approving the car for production, engineers take the prototypes on the most demanding road trips imaginable while in the most punishing of climates.

Check out the video after the jump.

Refresher: Power for the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera comes from a new 3.4 liter boxer 6-cylinder making 350-hp. The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S is powered by a 3.8 liter boxer making 400-hp. Mated to a Porsche’s PDK 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the 911 Carrera runs from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and 4.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package’s Launch Control function. The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S with a PDK goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and 3.9 seconds with the Launch Control function of the optional Sport Chrono Package. Top speed for the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera comes in at 188 mph and 179 mph, respectively. Prices start $82,100 for the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera and $96,400 for the 2012 911 Carrera S.

– By: Omar Rana