The iconic Porsche 911 luxury sports coupe has been lighting up winding roads and everyday traffic jams since its debut in 1963. The 911 shaped the luxury automaker's place in history and continues to be responsible for a large majority of its clout today. Though the model continues to premiere new forms and renditions, the exact release of these new forms are always a surprise and a delight. And, though the coupe has undergone much development throughout its lifetime, its concept remains the same. It's sleek, powerful, and it's one of the most aesthetically-pleasing coupes on the road today. A 911 Carrera model was first added for the 1973 and 1974 model years (called RS models at that point), and was launched into stardom. It is now of the most lusted-after Porsche 911s of all time. Collectors clamor for these stylish, speedy vehicles, and they will likely continue to do so for many years down the line.
The sporty Porsche 911 Carrera vehicle's first categorization is pronounced "nine-eleven" and is (and has been for many years) available in several forms. The 2012 model lineup includes: the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS (with a starting MSRP of $112,000), 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 standard 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe (with a starting price of $79,000), the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (with a starting price of $91,900), and the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S (with a starting price of $98,300). 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 2012 Porsche Carrera 4 coupe, which is differentiated from the standard Carrera by featuring all-wheel-drive instead of the standard rear-wheel drive. It's powered by the same engine as the standard Carrera, however, a 3.6-liter H-6 engine. There is also a more powerful Turbo-charged variant and a standard Porsche S variant available. Overall, our reviews show that this particular Carrera stacks up well with the rest of the line. It basically comes down to the driver's preference for AWD or RWD. There are plenty of options and power choices from which to choose, so drivers of any Porsche 911 are sure to be satisfied.