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New for 2012, the Porsche 911 is a rear-engine two-door luxury sports coupe available in various trims. The standard Carrera is RWD and comes equipped with a 3.4-liter flat-6 engine that produces 350 hp and 287 lb-ft of torque. The Carrera S gets a boost in power thanks to a 3.8-liter flat-6 engine that produces 400 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. An AWD option is available with the selection of the Carrera 4 or Carrera 4S, both of which have the same engines as the Carrera and Carrera S. The Carrera, Carrera S, and Carrera 4 are available as coupes or cabriolets, with the Carrera 4 getting an additional Targa trim level. For even more upgraded performance a Carrera GTS and Carrera GTS Cabriolet trim are also offered featuring a direct fuel injection 3.8-liter flat-6 engine that produces 408 hp. All Porsche Carrera models come with a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional PDK transmission. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 21 to 25 mpg highway. The 911 is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The Porsche 911 has been given a substantial update for 2012. Internally, the new evolution of the car is known as the 991, and although it still features a rear-mounted flat-6-cylinder engine, the car now features a 3.9-inch increase in its wheelbase over the outgoing model. The body is just 2.2 inches longer and it sits 0.4 inches lower than the 2011 model. The body, which is now mostly aluminum, has been given an evolutionary redesign. New features include larger headlamps fitted to slightly higher front fenders, higher wheelhouses, a more sharply angled rear window, a higher wasteline and wider rear fenders. All-new LED taillights have also been fitted. The base engine, offered in the Carrera, has dropped in displacement from 3.6 liters to 3.4 liters, but it now makes 345 hp--a gain of 4 hp over the larger outgoing unit. Carrera S models again get a 3.8 L unit, making 394 hp. Seven-speed transmissions are now featured, including the standard manual and optional PDK automatic.
Iconic design with a fresh spin; exceptional agility; top-level engine performance
In the world of high-end sports cars, the 911 is the most iconic choice, with over 30 years of evolution under its belt. For 2012, the design has changed, but the fundamentals are still in place: rear-mounted flat 6-cylinder engine and a precision chassis developed with handling in mind. Together, the components make for a sports car that's hard to beat both in terms of aesthetics and performance. It's arguably a capable competitor for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Audi R8, BMW M3 and Nissan GT-R.