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 4S coupe has a starting MSRP of $106,400, while the less sporty Targa 4 coupe has a starting MSRP of $93,500. Though the Targa 4S is slightly slower than some of the Porsche 911 Carrera models (with a top track speed of 185 mph and a zero-to-sixty time of 4.7 seconds due to its 3.8-liter H6 engine, which achieves 385 horsepower) due to its heavy (mostly glass) roof and all-wheel-drivetrain, it's far from slow. In fact, the sporty 4S version is especially powerful. Overall, The Targa 4S is one of the most unique Porsche 911 models this year.
The 2012 Porsche 911 Targa 4S coupe achieves around 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is rather impressive for a luxury sports coupe. The Targa 4S 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 passenger's and driver's heads. Despite the huge 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, optional Dynamic Controlled Cornering Lights, deformable front and rear aprons with alloy bumpers and impact absorbers, full-size airbags, an Immobilizer safety system, Porsche Side Impact Protection, optional Dynamic Controlled Cornering Lights, Bi-Xenon headlights, and High-level LEDs keep the driver and passenger feeling secure on the road. Technology and comfort features like Porsche Communication Management, HomeLink garage door opener and a universal audio interface with Sound Package Plus, are also ample.