It's sort of amazing when you think about the fact that there are over twenty 2012 model Porsche 911 coupes. Not only does the luxury automaker create some of the most masterful vehicles in the automobile industry; it also gives its drivers enough variety to feel unique and construct the perfect vehicle to suit their wants and needs. If you're having trouble sorting through the pack, our reviews are here to help. To first understand this year's 911 lineup, however, one must first understand the iconic 911 model's history. The short version is: the Porsche 911 model was first sold in 1963 and is almost entirely responsible for reputation and degree of popularity the Porsche brand sees today.
The Porsche 911 has been a major part of luxury sports car offerings across the globe for almost four decades now. During its run, the 911 coupe has been created in over fifty unique models- most of which have undergone very careful evolution to keep them looking fresh and new- but also keep their iconic, styles. The Porsche 911 Carrera first appeared in 1972 as a stripped-down version of the traditional 911. At this time, the Carrera was focused solely on racing, but it has evolved today into a luxury sports coupe that easily navigates both the racetrack and standard city streets and abandoned highways.
The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet (convertible) and coupe differentiate themselves from the rest of the Porsche 911 Carrera line in very understated ways. Overall, the Carrera 4 line itself is different because of its all-wheel-drive feature. The"C4" vehicles are available with this feature as standard instead of the customary 911's rear-wheel drive, which perhaps grant them greater capability when encountering tough road conditions and bothersome weather issues. The C4 GTS line also comes with an exclusive traction control system, though it shares its aggressive, wide body style with the traditional Porsche 911 Carrera.
Other changes on the GTS coupe and convertible models include an upgrade of 23 horsepower above the 911 Carrera 4S (a sportier model the standard Carrera 4, but below the GTS models) thanks to a 3.8-liter flat-six engine, which produces 408 horsepower in the GTS model. This allows the convertible a zero-to-sixty time of 4.6 seconds and a top track speed of 188 mph. In addition, technology, safety, and comfort features abound on the Carrera 4 GTS convertible coupe, which has a reasonable starting price for a luxury sports car at $12,100- though this price can quickly increase with added packages and options. Perhaps the GTS' greatest feature, however, is aesthetically-pleasing appearance.