The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S coupe is surprisingly fuel-efficient for a sports car, with fuel economy ratings of up to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, with a combined rating of 23 mpg. In fact, fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced up to 16 percent vs. last year's model. An Auto Start Stop function, a 7-speed manual PDK transmission, and an electrical system recuperation technology system also aid in achieving greater fuel efficiency.
The 2012 Carrera S is fast, with a top speed of 188 mph and a zero-to-sixty time of an amazing four seconds.
The Porsche 911 Carrera coupe is part of an iconic line of Porsche 911 vehicles, and, as so, will likely have a fantastic resale value and be valued by collectors for years to come.
This 911 is extremely powerful. It features a 3.8-liter naturally-aspirated direct-injection DOHC flat-six engine with lift and variable valve timing and variable exhaust that produces 394 horsepower. RWD comes standard.
After review, the base Carrera has a reasonable price for a luxury sports car, with a starting price of $96,400 (for the mid-year redesign).
The 991 generation of the Carrera line offers plenty of model options to suit all types of drivers, as well as variety in power and technology choices. The S is one of the best choices in this line-up, we think.
Safety features abound on the 911 Carrera coupe and include side and side curtain airbags, front airbags, antilock ventilated disc brakes, and knee airbags (for the driver and passenger) on most models.
With added options, the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera can easily double in price. Looking for tons of aesthetic features and new technologies? You'd be better off "splurging" on a higher trim.
The Porsche 911 Carrera S is a little lacking in expressiveness as compared to previous models, but with cleaner emissions, we can forgive that small foible.