2010 Paris Preview: 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

2011 Porsche 911 GTS

Apparently there is a market for those that can’t decide between the Carrera S or the 911 GT3. Well, Porsche will cater to that group at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Positioned above the current Porsche Carrera S and below the 911 GT3, the new 2011 Porsche 911 GTS  gets 23 more horsepower than the Carrera S and 27 less than the GT3.

Power comes from a 3.8L flat 6-cylinder engine making 408-hp with a maximum torque of 310 lb-ft. A sport exhaust system with two dual-tipped tailpipes with their outer shells painted black with polished inner tubes comes standard. Transmission choices include either a 6-speed manual gearbox or Porsche’s 7-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK). 0-60 mph comes in 4.0 seconds for the GTS Coupe with PDK and Sport Chrono Package Plus. Top speed is clocked at 190 mph. For those worried about saving some money at the gas pump, the 2011 Porsche Carrera GTS returns a fuel-economy of 19/27 mpg (city/highway).

Prices for the 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe start at $103,100 and $112,900 for the 2011 Carrera GTS Cabriolet. Sales start in early 2011.

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2011 Porsche 911 GTS:

Press Release:

Porsche Adds Expressive and Performance-Oriented 911 GTS Model

New Carrera builds on time-honored GTS name, provides increased performance and efficiency

ATLANTA ““ September 15, 2010 ““ With 408 horsepower (hp), outstanding vehicle dynamics and additional standard equipment, the new 2011 911 Carrera GTS ascends to the pinnacle of the Carrera model lineup. With 23 hp more than the 911 Carrera S, the new GTS ““ available as Coupe and Cabriolet ““ narrows the gap between the Carrera S and the 435 hp 911 GT3. The additional sportiness goes hand in hand with an economic advantage: thanks to Porsche Intelligent Performance, as the new sports car consumes no more fuel than the 911 Carrera S. It also provides comprehensive list of additional standard equipment. The 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS will celebrate its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in early October.

Athletic, Muscular Design Statement

Unique within the Carrera family, the 911 Carrera GTS combines the 44 millimeter wider Carrera 4 body of the AWD models, including a wider rear track and wheels, with rear-wheel drive. There are many more details which distinguish the appearance and technology of a GTS from other Carrera models, for instance, the GTS runs on 19-inch center-mount RS Spyder wheels, painted black, with high-gloss rim flanges and 305/30 R 19 tires on the rear axle.

Other visual features include the SportDesign front apron with black spoiler edge, special sideskirts, also in black, and the Carrera GTS logotype on doors and rear lid, in black or silver depending on the body color. The area between the two tailpipes in the rear is also black. In combination with the standard interior color “black Alcantara”, the center sections of the driver and passenger sport seats are covered with black Alcantara and the high-quality Alcantara is also used wherever driver and passenger come in direct contact with the interior, like on the rim of the new three-spoke SportDesign steering wheel and on the gear and handbrake levers.

More Power. Quicker Acceleration. Same Fuel Economy.

Detailed attention was paid to the intake and exhaust functions in the 3.8-liter flat-six engine that now delivers 408 hp: A special resonance intake manifold featuring six vacuum-controlled tuning flaps switch between power and torque-optimized geometry compared to the Carrera S power unit with only one tuning flap. This allows for increased torque in the mid-rev range. Maximum torque of 310 lb. ft. (420 Nm) is unchanged, but is available at 4,200 rpm; 200 rpm earlier when compared with the Carrera S. Additionally, a sport exhaust system with two dual-tipped tailpipes with their outer shells painted black with polished inner tubes comes standard.

The Carrera GTS comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available. In comparison with the Carrera S, top track speed for manual transmission Coupe rises by two mph to 190 (306 km/h). Acceleration from zero to 60 is 4.0 seconds for the GTS Coupe with PDK and Sport Chrono Package Plus. And the new Carrera GTS will offer fuel economy of up to 19 mpg city / 27 mpg highway.

In the U.S., the 911 Carrera GTS Coupe and Cabriolet will be available beginning in early 2011 and MSRP will be $103,100 and $112,900 respectively.

– By: Omar Rana