The Porsche Carrera 911 is available in many different variations for the 2012 model year. 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 911 Carrera 4, or C4, comes equipped with rear-wheel-drive, so it gives the driver the option of feeling a bit safer on the road. It handles quite differently, although it includes the standard Carrera's 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine. This particular Carrera produces 345 horsepower and has a top track speed of 177 mph, with a zero-to-sixty time of only 4.8 seconds. Its starting price of $85,400 is right in the middle of the Carrera line, and it's estimated to get around 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway with the six speed manual transmission (which features Overdrive). Inside its cabin, this Carrera coupe boasts such standard features as Porsche Communication Management, Cd/DVD and Mp3 playback (with optional six-disc changer), a sport steering wheel and sport seats, and "Entry and Drive" function, a Bose Surround Sound audio system or a Burmester High-End Surround Sound audio system, Bluetooth, climate control, and an optional slide/tilt sunroof.