For the 2012 model year, the 911 is available in more than a dozen forms, including Carrera variants, with models such as: the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS (with a starting MSRP of $103,100), the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera Black Edition (with a starting MSRP of $81,300), the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 (with a starting MSRP of $85,400), the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS (with a starting MSRP of $112,000), 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S (with a starting price of $98,300), the standard 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe (with a starting price of $79,000) ,and the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (with a starting price of $91,900). There's also a mid-year redesign of the Carrera S (with a starting price of $96,400) and a Cabriolet (convertible) variant of several of the 911 Carrera models.
For this review, we'll focus on the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet convertible coupe. (Cabriolet is Porsche's official description for convertible models). The 4 line features all-wheel-drive instead of the traditional rear-wheel drive. This Carrera produces 345 horsepower with its six-cylinder 3.8-liter boxster engine and manual drivetrain. In short, it features outstanding performance. In addition, the Carrera 4 Cabriolet incorporates fantastic technology features, including Porsche Communication Management, Bluetooth connection, a sport steering wheel and sports seats, a high-end Bose Surround Sound-System, and a lightweight and powerful hood system. This system is both electrically heated and scratch resistant and fully electric, using a button on the key remote or center console. An optional Sport Chrono Package Plus ups features even more, while a HomeLink system integrates into the Cabriolet's console and connects with the driver's home garage door. Other equipment packages include the Comfort Package( which adds such features as front seat heating, automatically-dimming mirrors, and power seats for $1,750) and the Infotainment Package (which adds such features as the Bose System, a navigation system, and XM satellite radio for $3,010).