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With the revised 991-series Porsche 911’s Carrera range adopting new 3.0 litre turbo flat-six engines, so will the facelifted 911 Carrera GTS – seen here testing at the Nürburgring – that will sit at the top of the standard (i.e. not GT or Turbo) lineup. The GT department’s GT3, GT3 RS and 911 R still use the naturally aspirated flat-six engines of larger capacity; 3.8 litres for the former and 4.0 litres for the latter two, respectively.

The GTS specification is expected to cover just about the gamut of 911 variants – two- and all-wheel-drive, coupe, cabriolet and Targa body styles, and the choice of seven-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions.

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In terms of exterior distinguishing features, the 911 GTS receives deeper front air intakes, more aggressive rear diffuser and a wider body from the Carrera 4 (all variants of the GTS will gain the widebody treatment).

Note the exhausts which are centrally mounted but still remain with a gap in between each; the naturally-aspirated GT cars like the GT3, GT3 RS and the 911 R have twin pipes mounted much closer together. Equipment-wise, the GTS is expected to feature the Sport Chrono package as well as PASM suspension, in addition to the slight increase in power and torque from the Carrera S’s 420 hp and 500 Nm of torque.


GALLERY: Porsche 911 Carrera/Carrera S facelift