A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Porsche 911

The prestige offered by the 2012 Porsche 911 can’t be ignored thanks to its iconic appeal. While in its sixth and seventh generation models for the series, this sports car is still one that commands attention and appreciation from both drivers and passengers.

Key Features

A seven-speed manual transmission enhances performance in the areas of acceleration and cruising. The available PDK transmission, which has twin clutches, offers both manual and automatic driving. The included coasting feature that switches the engine to idle when coasting and the shut-off system for the engine when stopped are both welcome features.

Changes for 2012

Major changes for the 2012 Porsche 911 include a host of technologies focused on energy efficiency. The included coasting feature that switches the engine to idle when coasting and the shut-off system for the engine when stopped are both welcome additions for this model year as well.

What We Like

The unmistakable performance and luxury are more than apparent in this Porsche offering. The improved control over the steering and stability are also important features for a car that just begs to be driven and experienced.

What Concerns Us

Given the legacy, there is little that concerns us about the 2012 Porsche 911. However, if you enjoy the more advanced engineering and contemporary designs, this might not be the right option for you.

Available Models

There are nine models available for the 2012 Porsche 911:

911 Carrera

  • 3.4-liter flat-6
  • 350 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm
  • 287 lb-ft of torque @ 5,600 rpm
  • City/highway fuel economy: 19/27 mpg

911 Carrera S

  • 3.8-liter flat-6
  • 400 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm
  • 325 lb-ft of torque @ 5,600 rpm
  • City/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg

911 Carrera 4 and Targa

  • 3.6-liter flat-6
  • 345 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
  • 288 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
  • City/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg

911 Carrera 4S and Targa S

  • 3.8-liter flat-6
  • 385 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
  • 310 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
  • City/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg

911 Carrera GTS

  • 3.8-liter flat-6
  • 408 horsepower @ 7,300 rpm
  • 310 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
  • City/highway fuel economy: 17-18/25-26 mpg

911 Turbo and Turbo S

  • 3.8-liter turbocharged flat-6 turbo
  • 500 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (Turbo)
  • 530 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm (Turbo S)
  • 516 lb-ft of torque @ 2,100 rpm
  • City/highway fuel economy: 16/24 mpg (Turbo), 17/25 mpg (Turbo S)

Major Recalls

There have been no major recalls issued for the 2012 Porsche 911.

Common Complaints

Only one complaint has been filed about the 911. The complaint was related to the vehicle losing power while driving at interstate speeds. After being pulled over, a fire started in the engine compartment.

Porsche 911 2012 Interior


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