Porsche 911: When you hear that model name, what associations come to mind? Perhaps you think about the impact that this coupe has made on the Porsche line on a whole (it really established the brand as a luxury giant, after all), or maybe you think about its sleek appearance and sporty performance. Either way, most auto enthusiasts have heard of the Porsche 911 sports car, and if you haven't, you're missing out on a huge part of both today's best offerings and iconic luxury sports car style. For the 2012 year, the Porsche 911 comes in more than a dozen form- most of which are Porsche 911 Carrera models.
These include 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 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS (with a starting MSRP of $112,000), 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S (with a starting price of $98,300), the standard 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe (with a starting price of $79,000) ,and the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (with a starting price of $91,900). There's also a mid-year redesign of the Carrera S (with a starting price of $96,400). As far as Cabriolet models go, the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S has a starting price of $109,400, while the standard Carrera 4 has a starting price of $96,400. The standard Carrera and Carrera S Cabriolet models are priced on a similar level. There are also various sporty Targa and Turbo model variants.
For this review, we'll focus on the standard 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS coupe. This Carrera was crafted with additional power in mind. The GTS denotes this 911's race car-like performance, though it's meant for every day driving. It comes with a variety of extra-special features, including a sport exhaust system, a variable resonance intake system featuring six switchable, vacuum-controlled valves, an optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) 7-speed transmission, an amazing top track speed of 190 mph, and a powerful direct-injection 3.8-liter 6-cylinder rear engine that produces 23 more horsepower than the standard Carrera S models and reaches zero-to-sixty in only 4.4 seconds. Fuel efficiency is decent for a sports car as well. The GTS coupe gets around 17-19 mpg in the city and 25-27 mpg on the highway. Overall, it's an extremely impressive car!