Yes, it’s yet another 911 variant with the same old looks, but everyone still dreams of a Porsche, no? Anyway, this is the 911 Carrera GTS that will be shown for the first time in Paris. Available as a coupe or cabriolet, the GTS sits between the Carrera S and the GT3. Porsche says that its latest consumes no more fuel than the Carrera S although it gets 23 extra horses.
Which makes it a total of 408 hp from the 3.8-litre flat-six engine, not too far from the GT3’s 435 hp. Attention was paid to the intake and exhaust functions of the engine, and a special resonance intake manifold featuring six vacuum-controlled tuning flaps switch between power and torque-optimized geometry – compared to only one tuning flap in the Carrera S.
This allows for increased mid range torque. The max figure of 420 Nm is unchanged, but is available at 4,200 rpm, 200 rpm earlier than in the S. A sport exhaust system with two dual-tipped pipes (outer shells painted black with polished inner tubes) is standard.
The GTS comes standard with a six-speed manual while the seven-speed PDK is an option. Compared to the Carrera S, top speed for the manual Coupe rises slightly to 306 km/h. Acceleration from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) is 4.0 seconds for the GTS Coupe with PDK and Sport Chrono Package Plus.
Looks wise, the GTS combines the 44 mm wider Carrera 4 body of the AWD models (including wider rear track and wheels) with rear-wheel drive. The GTS also runs on 19-inch centre-mount RS Spyder wheels. Other visual cues include the SportDesign front apron with black spoiler edge, special sideskirts and the Carrera GTS logotype on doors and rear lid. Compared to the Carrera S, the GTS’ cabin is rich in alcantara.