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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Welly 1:24 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera




I'm not a big Porsche 911 fan, especially as the model has barely changed much in decades.  This newer 911 seems to take out the fun of looking at the rear engine from a top, but in this Welly model it somehow still looks good.






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The lates 911, called 991, is just another evolution of the 911 line.  It still has that familiar fastback look with round headlights up front, but overtime the large rear spoilers have gave way to retractable units that only come up when needed.  The shape of the nose and slender taillights are the only real noticeable change for the new 911.  The interior takes on the rising center console first seen in the Panamerica sedan.  As mentioned before you cannot see what's under the hood as the only thing visible is the cooling fans and resovoir access ports.  Underneath the car provides a better view of the 3.8L DOHC flat six motor that produces 400 horsepower and 325 Ib-ft of torque through a 7-speed manual or a 7-speed automated manual called PDK.  For 2017 the second iteration now provides turbo power for all 911 models.






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This red 911 just looks great even if I don't like this generation of 911's.  Credit goes to the excellent detailing of Welly.  The front has large round headlights with detailed bulbs inside of a black housing, headlight washer nozzle just below, LED running lights and signal lights just above the front vents.  The side profile is clean and uneventful aside from a driver's side mirror that was ready to come off (I managed to glue it to give it extra strength before that happened).  The multi-spoke wheels, which are wider at the rear, have nicely detailed slotted brake rotors and red Porsche calipers.  The rear has the narrow slit LED taillights, louvered rear spoiler flush with the body, 911 badging and plate, and the quad exhaust in silver.  Underneath it is smooth front the rear axle forward, but at the rear is where the engine details are present with separate silver exhaust manifolds (I added more silver to the engine block and rear suspension control arms).





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The front trunk is the opening part, which is a good thing, to show off a deep well and Porsche along the upper cover that hides the fuel tank.  Inside there's seating for two up front with levers on the sides to pull the front seat forward to access the barely hibitable rear seats.  I detailed the silver latches on the seats and the clips on the rear decklid where a cargo net would go.  The dashboard is the same 911 look now with a touchscreen infortainment system and HVAC controls now placed on the rising console.  around the shifter is a plethora of buttons, though not as much as in the Panamerica.  I opted for the 7-speed manual version over the PDK so all I had to do was install a clutch pedal and detail the silver trim on the shifter to represent the 7-speed manual shifter.  The 3-spoke steering wheel is nicely done and is ahead of detailed gauges in separate round pods.




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While this 911 generation might not be my favorite at least Welly did such a nice job with it, and as more and more vehicles move to the automated, less fun crowd this 911 sill has a true three-pedal manual, handling controlled by the human, and striking good looks.


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