Porsche today released details about the all-new seventh-generation 911, set to be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show next month. The new car retains its iconic silhouette, but every aspect of the car has been designed from the ground up. The body of the new 911 is made from an aluminum-steel composite, resulting in a 100 lb weight reduction and provides greater structural over the previous 911 body.

More information and full photo gallery after the jump…

Power for the base 2012 911 Carrera comes from a new 3.4-liter boxer engine which produces 350 horsepower. Carrera S models are powered by a 3.8-liter engine which produces 400 horsepower. Both engines can be combined with an optional PDK transmission. Porsche claims that Carerra S models mated with the PDK transmission will do 0-60 in 4.1 seconds and Sport Chrono Package equipped cars will do it in 3.9 seconds when using the Launch Control function, while base Carerra models take 4.4 seconds to reach 60 mph. Top speed for the Carerra S and Carerra is 188mph and 179mph, respectively.

Handling has been enhanced by giving the new 911 a wider front track, new rear axle and a new electro-mechanical power steering system. Available for the first time on the 911 Carerra S is the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) which is an active roll stabilization system.

The 2012 911 will be available in U.S. showrooms starting in February 2012 and will carry price tags of $82,100 for the base Carrera and $96,400 for the Carerra S.

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