There are over twenty Porsche 911 coupes for the 2012 model year, and it can sometimes be difficult to sort your way through all of them. That's why our reviews are so important. This review will focus on the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS coupe, one of the later additions to the 2012 Porsche 911 lineup. To first understand this year's 911 lineup though, you must first understand the iconic 911's history. To keep it brief, the Porsche 911 was first introduced in 1963 and is almost solely responsible for the popularity and clout that the Porsche brand enjoys today.
For almost four decades now, the Porsche 911 has been a huge part of luxury sports car offerings on a global level. During its time, the 911 coupe has been produced in over 50 different models- many of which have undergone very careful evolution to keep them up-to-date but also keep their iconic, sleek style. The Porsche 911 Carrera first appeared in 1972 as a stripped-down version of the traditional 911 that was focused solely on racing, but it has evolved today into a luxury sports coupe that easily navigates standard roads and highways or racing tracks.
The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS coupe differentiates itself from the rest of the Porsche 911 Carrera line in very subtle ways. Overall, the Carrera 4 line is unique because of its different powertrain. These "C4" vehicles feature all-wheel-drive as standard instead of the traditional 911 rear-wheel drive, which lend them capable when encountering almost any tough road conditions and bothersome seasonal weather situations. The C4 GTS also comes with a unique traction control system, though it shares the same wide, aggressive body style as the traditional Porsche 911 Carrera.
Other differences include an upgrade of 23 horsepower above the 911 Carrera 4S (one sportier step up from the standard Carrera 4) thanks to a 3.8-liter flat-six engine, which delivers 408 horsepower in the GTS model. This allows the GTS model an amazing zero-to-sixty time of 4.4 seconds and a top track speed of 187 mph. Technology features are plentiful on the Carrera 4 GTS coupe, which has a reasonable starting price for a luxury coupe at $110,200- though this price can quickly increase with added options and packages. Safety features are also impressive, but the GTS' greatest feature is probably its extremely aesthetically-pleasing appearance.