2012 Porsche 911 Carrera

Next year, the Porsche 911 will celebrate its 50th anniversary. What the sports car maker from Stuttgart will do to commemorate the occasion remains to be seen, but I thought it would be an opportune time to revisit this perennial favorite and highlight the latest development in the series, the 2012 Carrera, internally known as the 991. While changes to the exterior are subtle at best, one of the major features to be unveiled was a new 7-speed manual gearbox, a first for a production road car. While it is generally accepted that Porsche’s 7-speed dual cutch PDK transmission is faster and more efficient, I couldn’t fathom owning a 911 without three pedals. Weight is down on the new Carrera by 45 pounds and with the standard 3.4 liter, 345 horsepower flat six engine, performance is more than adequate for this rear engine marvel.

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera on eBay

This 911 ‘s level of quality is not meant for just anyone. It’s meant for the person who strives for a classy, comfortable, and luxurious car. Driven by many, but adored by more, the 911 is a perfect addition to any home. The 911 will provide you with everything you have always wanted in a car — Quality, Reliability, and Character.

This Porsche includes:

Wheel Caps with colored crest
Platinum Silver Metallic
Fuse box cover in leather
Sport exhaust system
Natural leather interior processing code
Delete rear lid model designation
Ornamental Porsche crest
Auto dimming interior/exterior mirrors
Carrera red, natural leather seat trim with full leather interior
Power tilt/slide sunroof with shield
Heated front seats with multi-stage controls

It’s rather chilling that on the same day Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche passed away, the new 911 was declared World Sports Car for 2012. The man who designed the original 911 would have been proud. While some enthusiasts have derided the 911 for being an inherently compromised design throughout the years, continuous improvement has brought us to this point. The 911 has outlived both the front-engined 944 and 928 that were designed to succeed it and there seems no end in sight for this most venerable icon of German performance.

-Paul

2012 Buick Regal GS

For years, I often wondered when Ford and General Motors would see the light and realize that some of their European offerings would work well here in the US market. Not only would a strategy such as this save development costs but it would be a boon for enthusiasts not enamored by the usual condominium-sized SUVs and rental fleet mid-sized sedans which are the bread and butter of US manufacturers. With the restructuring of GM and demise of Saturn, Buick was the de facto brand to foist Opels on the North American scene, albeit rebadged as Buicks. The first example of this was the resurrection of the Regal nameplate, a rebadged Opel Insignia. I’ve driven the 2.4 liter version with a 6 speed automatic and have to say, I came away impressed. It drove a bit like a slightly more refined Volkswagen Passat. It was by no means underpowered and you can tell this wasn’t your typical American car, as its German heritage shined through in both fit and finish and ride quality. Now Buick has introduced a hot version of the Regal for 2012, the GS. After laying eyes on this car at the Washington, DC Auto Show, I was impressed. While we are not getting the turbocharged, all-wheel drive V6 version of the Opel Insignia OPC, the GS packs a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine good for 270 horsepower, albeit without all-wheel drive. Also included in the package is an available 6 speed manual transmission, Brembo brake calipers and a tuned suspension package.

2012 Buick Regal GS on eBay

This 2012 Buick Regal GS is in absolutely perfect condition and nearly new, showing less than 500 miles on the odometer (It will be driven between now and the end of the auction). There is no body damage and no mechanical faults that we are aware of. The original owners manual, window sticker, and all other documents from the original sale will be included in the sale. Original MSRP – $38,490.00

Below is a list of factory equipment followed by options

Factory Equipment:

5 YR / 100,000 Mile Powertrain Warranty
4 YR / 50,000 Mile Bumper to Bumper Warranty
2.0L HO Turbo Ecotech DOHC 4-Cylinder w/ VVT
6-Speed Manual Transmission
Interactive Drive Control System w/ Sport & GS Modes
Hiper Strut Front Suspension
Antilock Brake System, 4 Wheel Disc
Brembo Front Brakes
Stabilitrack-Stability Control System w/ Traction Control
Airbags
Daytime Running Lamps
Rear Child Seat Anchors
Rear DR Locks, Child Security
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Regal GS Bodywork
Wheels 19” Alloy
Power Dual Heated Mirrors
HID Headlamps
Regal GS Interior
Power Outlets (2) 12V
8-Way Adj. Driver Seat; 4 Way Lumbar
8-Way Adj. Passenger Seat; 4 Way Lumbar
Dual Climate A/C
Air Filtration System
Bluetooth
Cruise Control
Front Heated Seats
Carpeted Mats
Driver Information Center
Leather Wrap Steering Wheel
Passive Entry; Push Start
Power Windows & Locks
Rear Park Assist
Remote Keyless Entry
Steering Column; Tilt & Telescopic
Steering Wheel Controls
Universal Garage Door Opener
AM/FM/XM Stereo CD Player
USB Port
Premium 9-Speaker System
Front Parking Assist

Options

AM/FM/Stereo w/ CD & MP3 Playback + NAVIGATION w/7” Color Touch Screen
Power Sunroof
20” Polished Alloy Wheels
Carbon Black Metallic
All Weather Mats (Front & Rear)

Modifications:

Tinted Glass (5% sides and rear; 35% on windshield)

I’m glad to see this seller isn’t price gouging like some people do with recently introduced models. I think black works well and gives the GS a more sinister look when combined with the polished 19” wheels. While it may be front wheel drive, if I was in the market for an entry level luxury sedan, I would choose this over a C class, 3 series or Acura TL, simply because you don’t see as many of these on the road and frankly, the styling is more cohesive than any of the aforementioned choices. There is one problem with the Buick Regal GS, other than the lack of rear or all-wheel drive. The Cadillac ATS will be on sale this summer and available with the same 270 horsepower four cylinder engine and choice of 6 speed manual or automatic driving the rear wheels or all four wheels. Plus the styling is even better in my opinion than the Regal. Still, I can’t help but applaud Buick for offering such a cool car. Ten years ago, I would have never guessed their product lineup would have been transformed this much.

-Paul