This year's 911 Carrera line features more than a dozen models, including: 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. The 2012 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet, which we will focus on in this review, also comes in coupe form. There are also several Turbo and Targa variants of the 911 Carrera.
The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet convertible coupe produces 23 horsepower above the 911 Carrera 4S due to a 3.8-liter flat-six engine, which delivers 408 horsepower. It has an amazing top track speed of 188 mph and a zero-to-sixty time of only 4.6 seconds. This time shortens to 4.4 seconds with the optional PDK seven-speed transmission (which ups the price by about $4-thousand). Safety features are impressive for this convertible and include several airbags, LED and Bi-Xenon taillights and headlights, special Cabriolet automatic roll-over protection, Porsche Side Impact Protection, an immobilizer and alarm system, and optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes. Comfort features are also ample, as are technology features. These include: leather sport seating and a SportDesign steering wheel, heated exterior mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, and HomeLink (garage door opening system). Optional features include: a Bose Surround Sound audio system, navigation with voice control, a 6-Disc CD/DVD Changer, and XM Satellite Radio.