For the 2012 model year, the Porsche 911 is available in over twenty different forms. The 2012 Porsche 911 Targa 4, however, is only available in two forms: the standard 4 and the sportier Targa 4S. The Targa 4 coupe has a starting MSRP of $93,500, while the sportier Targa 4S coupe has a starting MSRP of $106,400. Though the Targa is slightly slower than the Porsche 911 Carrera models (with a top track speed of 177 mph and a zero-to-sixty time of five seconds due to its 3.6-liter H6 engine, which achieves 345 horsepower) due to its heavy (mostly glass) roof and all-wheel-drivetrain, it's far from slow, and no one could make the claim that it isn't powerful, either. The Targa 4 stands apart from the 911 Carrera line in very positive ways.
The 2012 Porsche 911 Targa 4 coupe achieves around 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway- not too shabby for a luxury sports coupe. The Targa 4 is equipped with a standard 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, while a PDK 7-speed manual transmission is optional. The coupe's electrically-operated glass roof is fully integrated into its body, and it gives the impression of an infinite space above the driver's and passenger's heads. Despite the large glass pieces, however, the coupe's body rigidity is very high. Safety features such as Porsche Traction Management (PTM) with integrated ABS, optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, deformable front and rear aprons with alloy bumpers and impact absorbers, full-size airbags, Porsche Side Impact Protection, an Immobilizer safety system, Bi-Xenon headlights, optional Dynamic Controlled Cornering Lights, High-level LEDs, and "Welcome home" lighting keep the driver and passenger feeling secure on the road. Technology and comfort features like Porsche Communication Management, a universal audio interface with Sound Package Plus, and HomeLink garage door opener are also ample.