New Top Carrera with additional power, wide body and rear-wheel drive - Carrera GTS: the even sportier 911
Australia. Porsche will introduce a new 911 variant at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show in early October when it unveils the extra sporty Carrera GTS model.
With 300 kW of power, even higher levels of dynamic driving and emphatically sporty equipment, the new 911 Carrera GTS ascends to the pinnacle of the Carrera model range.
The Carrera GTS – available as both Coupe and Cabriolet – features the acclaimed Porsche 3.8-litre flat six-cylinder engine but boasts an additional 17 kW of power over the 911 Carrera S.
This additional sportiness does not come at the expense of efficiency, as thanks to Porsche Intelligent Performance the Carrera GTS with optional PDK consumes no more fuel than the Carrera S in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) – 10.2 L/100 kms.
The Carrera GTS stands out from other 911 Carrera models with the 44 mm wider Carrera 4 body of the AWD models including a wider track, but in this case retaining the classic rear-wheel drive layout.
Other details which distinguish the GTS from regular 911 Carreras include 19-inch centre-lock RS Spyder wheels, painted in black, with high-gloss finish rim flanges and 305/30 R 19 tyres at the rear. Body highlights include the SportDesign front apron with spoiler edge painted in black, unique black side skirts and the Carrera GTS logotype on doors and rear lid, in black or silver depending on the body colour. The area between the two tailpipes in the rear is also finished in black.
In combination with the standard interior colour of "black Alcantara", the centre sections of the driver and passenger sport seats are covered with black Alcantara. This particularly aesthetic and sporty material is also used on the rim of the new three-spoke SportDesign steering wheel and on the gear and handbrake levers.
The 17 kW power gain to the 3.8-litre flat engine is courtesy of a special resonance intake manifold where six vacuum-controlled tuning flaps switch between power- and torque-optimised geometry – whereas in the Carrera S power unit there is only one tuning flap. While maximum torque is unchanged at 420 Nm, it is now available at 4,200 rpm – 200 rpm earlier compared to the Carrera S. Add to that a sports exhaust system with two dual tailpipes.
Top speed rises slightly (an additional four km/h) to 306 km/h while acceleration is quicker with the 0-100 km/h sprint lowered by 0.1 sec to 4.2 seconds for the Coupe model with optional PDK and Sport Chrono Package Plus.
The Carrera GTS comes standard with Porsche’s six-speed manual transmission and is priced from $270,100 for the Coupe and $288,700 for the Cabriolet. The Carrera GTS will be in Porsche showrooms throughout Australia from January 2011.