Porsche has unveiled today details on the most powerful Carrera in the line-up: the Carrera GTS, offered in both coupe and convertible versions. The car will make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show in early October.
The new Carerra GTS is powered by a 3.8-liter flat engine delivering 408 HP and 420 NM of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 4.2 seconds for a GTS Coupe with PDK and a Sport Chrono Package Plus in Sport Plus mode and top speed goes up to 190 mph.
The GTS version is distinguished by a 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 color. The interior gets black Alcantara and high quality materials on the new three-spoke SportDesign steering wheel and on the gear and handbrake levers.
Updated 11/08/2010: We have added dull details, new images and full US pricing list for the new Carrera GTS. On the US market the Coupe version is priced at $104,050 and the convertible version at $113,850. The Sport Chrono Package Plus is priced at $960. Check out the picture gallery to see the new images we’ve just added.
It’s time for another round of which car is better and, this time, AutoCar has chosen to compare the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the 911 Carrera 4S . This test may not be quite as exciting as other face to faces and, quite frankly, it may seem like a very strange comparison considering one is an SUV and the other is a coupe, but begin two Porsches makes them worthy of a side by side. Honestly, we would rather just have them both; one for off-road drives and the other for the long summer rides.
The Cayenne Turbo is powered by a 4.8-liter V8 biturbo with an impressive 500 hp. On the other hand the 911 Carrera 4S is powered by a 3.8-liter power unit that delivers 385 hp. Taking their sizes into consideration this comparison is much like comparing David to Goliath!
We have to wonder why the British magazine chose to compare these two vehicles. These cars seem worlds apart except for the Porsche logo on the front of both. So, why did they put together this test? Check out the video to get your answer!
Porsche has announced the launch of a special edition 911 Carrera S Centurion Edition that celebrates the Centurion’s 10th anniversary. This special edition was unveiled in Hong Kong and it will be limited to only 3 units. The sports car is offered only for American Express Centurion members and card holders.
Until July 31, members will be able to place their orders for this special edition. Each units will be priced at $ 256,000, with all assets going to UNICEF.
ThePorsche 911 Carrera S Centurion Edition will be distinguished by black leather, Alcantara and genuine carbon fiber, "Carrera S Centurion Edition No.1 of 3" badges on both front door panels and outer door-sill guards in stainless steel, and "Centurion From American Express" logo. The whole package will be finished by 19 inch wheels.
It will be powered by a 3.8 liter boxer engine that delivers 385 HP at 6,500rpm and is mated to a seven-speed, paddle-operated automatic double-clutch gearbox. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4.3 seconds and can hit a top speed of 186mph.
MINI’s challenge of Porsche to a race at Road Atlanta is technically supposed to happen in a day’s time, but it’s far more complicated given that Porsche has yet to answer MINI’s invites, not the least of which include a number of hilarious videos courtesy of MINI USA’s big boss Jim McDowell, a parody of Rocky IV, an online petition, and even a flying a private plane with a banner on it over Porsche’s US headquarters in Atlanta.
So with a race set to take place without an opponent yet, MINI has gone into complete overdrive in luring Porsche into accepting their challenge. The latest twist in this oddball saga has MINI offering about 400 people to watch the whole spectacle and they’re bringing in their own fully-spec’d Porsche 911 Carrera S. The only problem is, Mini doesn’t know who they can get to drive that Porsche and also, what does Porsche think of having one of their signature models in a MINI event with no company sanction whatsoever. Can you say hissy fit?
We don’t know what’s going to come out of this, but we do know that fireworks will fly. That’s how MINI’s done it before and there’s no doubt in our minds that it’s how they will do it again. We are sure they’ve got something planned that’s going to take Porsche and everybody else by surprise.
Then again, Porsche should just accept the challenge, throttle MINI at the race, and get it over with. Right?
If you would like to customize your 996 Porsche Carrera 4S Cabrio, you might want to take a look at TechArt’s Aerokit I. The program was exclusively developed by TechArt’s designers, engineers, technicians, and model builders. Working closely together, the team designs and builds prototypes then tests the parts in a wind tunnel until each item is approved for road-legal use and launched for the worldwide market. Every component is manufactured from select materials to exact quality norms.
The Aerokit I includes: front and rear bumpers, side skirts, a rear wing, and the new 19" Formula wheels.
For those of you driving a 2005-2008 997 Carrera, TechArt has prepared a special AeroKit II program. It includes a roof spoiler as well as three different types of rear wings: Rear Wing I, Ring Wing II and a distinctive Rear Wing III with its static wing profile. These wings enable precise aerodynamic adjustments at the rear axle.
Also, thanks to small ECU modifications and new sport exhaust systems the engine can deliver an extra 15hp. The new sport exhausts systems are the "Sport" and the "Racing" with dual-tube tailpipes in chrome and black chrome.
The interior gets select materials, tastefully coordinated colors, and a sense of design with unmatched precision and craftsmanship that is immediately noticed. It is TechArt’s aim to turn the driver’s individual vision of their 911 interior into a reality. Whether you prefer to set selective highlights or entrust TechArt to create a unique interior design to your specifications, TechArt does not set limits.
Porsche did, in fact, unveil the new 997 line-up, but there are people out there who still drive the old Carrera Convertible models and TechArt had them in mind when designing their new program.
The TechArt program for the 997 Cabriolet includes: components made of PU-RIM, a front lip spoiler, head lamp trim, side skirts, rear diffuser, a range of three rear wings, interior enhancements, sport exhaust, and adjustable sport suspension.
The output for the engine has been raised to 400 hp and was made possible thanks to new metal air filters, a sport clutch, and a short shift kit. The 997 Cabrio also gets a sport brake system, spring kit, sport chassis "vario", and the new 20" TechArt’s Formula wheels.
The interior gets airbag sport steering wheels and leather work.
We know that Porsche Carrera and Targa are already good looking cars, but if you feel like customizing them a bit TechArt has the right program for you.
For the exterior the tuner is offering a front spoiler with braking cooling ducts, front grille inserts, side skirts, mirror inserts, headlight rings, a roof spoiler and a choice of three different wings (Rear Wing I, Rear Wing III, or Rear Wing IV). And to finish up in style you can also choose from Formula I, II, or the new light-weight one-piece forged Formula III wheels.
For the interior TechArt is offering leather and all kinds of select materials, tastefully coordinated colors, a sense of design with unmatched precision and craftsmanship.
To improve the car’s performances the tuner is also offering new coil-over suspensions, steel-flex brakes lines that ensure an optimal pressure point at a consistent pedal force and an easy brake force
Even if the classic 911 is still in bandages from its most recent facelift, there are tuners that feel they can do the Carrera one better. The after market manufacturer Vorsteiner has a high tech aerodynamic package consisting of a front spoiler made out of carbon fiber complete with integrated brake ducts , carbon fiber rear diffuser as well as a carbon fiber roof replacement sheds almost 50 pounds from the tallest point in the vehicle before finishing it off with a set of staggered 19 and 20 inch forged wheels as well.