Unlike other car manufacturers who like to tease their new productions months in advance, Porsche just make the thing and then announces it! So, here’s out of the blue, the new Porsche 911 Carrera GTS which will make its official debut at Paris Motor Show this month. This is a more powerful version of the Carrera S, and while there are some visual differences between the two, it’s really hard to notice them. So don’t strain your eyes.
Porsche says that the GTS is created to fill the gap between the Carrera S and the GT3. So it’s a bit more sporty and its 3.8-litre engine generates a bit more power than the standard S models. 23 more hp to be exact, which means it has 408 hp. It has special resonance intake manifold features six vacuum-controlled tuning flaps that switch between power- and torque-optimised geometry, whereas in a Carrera S power unit there is only one tuning flap.
That sounds very boring, but it result in 420 Nm of torque. It also comes with a sports exhaust system with two dual tailpipes for the sake of a unique exhaust note that differentiates it from normal models. The outer shells of the exhaust pipes are painted in black and their inner tubes are polished on the outside and nano-coated.
With this extra power, the GTS is obviously faster than the S. When equipped with with manual transmission the car goes from zero to 60 mph 0.1 second faster and the top speed rises by 2mph to 190 mph. You can order the car with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK). With that the acceleration to 60 mph takes 4.2 seconds.
Fuel consumption of a Porsche 911 Carrera GTS with PDK in the NEDC is 27.7 mpg (10.2 litres/100 km) and CO2 emissions are 240 g/km.
As for the looks, the GTS comes with the Carrera 4 rear-end which is 4mm wider and also features SportDesign front apron with spoiler edge painted in black, special side skirts also in black, and the Carrera GTS logotype on doors and rear lid, in black or silver depending on the body colour.
The interior is garnished with black Alcantara all over, such as on the rim of the new three-spoke SportDesign steering wheel and on the gear lever and handbrake.
The car also gets 19-inch centre-locking RS Spyder alloy wheels, painted in black with high-gloss finished rims, with 235/35 ZR 19 tyres on the front axle and 305/30 ZR 19 tyres on the rear. Fitted to every Porsche 911 Carrera GTS is a Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), a sophisticated vehicle security package approved to Thatcham Category 5 standard, and customers will also be able to explore the potential of their new car by participating in a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.
Porsche has already announced the pricing as well. 2011 Porsche 911 GTS costs from £76,758 (104,935 euros) for the Coupe and £83,493 (115,050 euros) for the Cabriolet. Sales begin in October and December depending on the market.