For the 2012 model year, the 911 is available in more than a dozen forms, including:, 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 Cabriolet (convertible) variant of several of the 911 Carrera models, as well as a mid-year redesign of the Carrera S (with a starting price of $96,400.
For this review, we'll focus on the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, or C4S, as it's sometimes abbreviated. The C4S is the sportier variant of the standard 911 Carrera 4, which features all-wheel-drive instead of the standard Carrera's rear-wheel drive, so it gives the driver the option of feeling a little safer on the road. It handles quite differently than the standard 4, but it includes a 3.68-liter six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection. This particular Carrera produces 385 horsepower and has a top track speed of 185 mph, with a zero-to-sixty time of only 4.8 seconds. Its starting price of $98,300 is well worth the additional money for some extra sporty features. The Carrera 4S coupe is estimated to get around 25 mpg on the highway with the six speed manual transmission (which features Overdrive). Inside its cabin, this Carrera coupe boasts such standard features as Porsche Communication Management, Cd/DVD and Mp3 playback (with optional six-disc changer), a sport steering wheel and sport seats and steering wheel, and "Entry and Drive" function, a Bose Surround Sound audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, climate control, and tons of storage options.