Porsche unveiled the first GTS version of the 911 Carrera sports car in 2010. Based on the 997-generation Carrera, the GTS slotted between the regular Carrera models and the track-ready GT3 in terms of output, being launched with an upgraded 3.8-liter flat-six engine that cranked out 408 horsepower. Initially a rear-wheel-drive model only, the GTS gained an AWD version in 2011. The model was discontinued in 2012, when the 997-generation 911 was replaced by the 991. As we move towards the 2015 model year, the GTS returns to bridge the same gap in the 911 range.

Now in its second generation, the GTS borrows the familiar styling cues of the current 911 and the same 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine motivating the Carrera models. The GTS stands out in a pack of regular Carreras thanks to its specific exterior features, which include flared rear wheel arches, unique wheels, smoked headlamps, and an uprated powerplant. Output sits at 430 ponies, making the GTS the second most powerful naturally aspirated 911 after the GT3. Unlike the GT3, however, you can get the GTS with three pedals.

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  • 2015 Porsche 991 Carrera GTS
  • Year:
    2015
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  • Engine:
    flat-6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    430 @ 7500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    324
  • Displacement:
    3.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.2 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    190 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    114200
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Spy shots

May 20, 2014 - Porsche Carrera GT Testing At Nurburgring

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December 10, 2013 - First Sighting

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March 10, 2014 - Porsche 911 GTS caught testing one more time.

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The prototype caught testing today by our spy photographers has camo only on the front and rear, which are the parts that will receive most of the updates when the revised 991 — call it a 991.2 — arrives on the market.

You should expect revised front and rear bumpers, new LED daytime running lights, larger taillights and modified door handles. Also, the prototype shown here features a wider body and some additional air outlets in the rear bumper.

Rendering

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Our rendering for the upcoming Carrera GTS is based on the latest spy shots. It adds a new bumper with revised air intakes, new side skirts, revised headlights and black wheels. All these changes completely transform the look of the Carrera, giving it a fresh look that is sure to make any Porsche lover drool.

Exterior

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Both the coupe and cabriolet models feature the 911 Carrera 4 body with flared rear wheel arches

With the GTS badge comes a host of exterior features that set these models apart from the regular Carreras. Both the coupe and cabriolet models feature the 911 Carrera 4 body with flared rear wheel arches and a wide track, as well as a set of 20-inch wheels with center locks finished in an exclusive matte black.

The front end stands out thanks to its special trim elements and smoked bi-xenon headlamps, while the rear fascia is highlighted by black trim strips on the bespoke air intake screen and black-chrome exhaust pipes. Rounding off the exterior is the 10mm lowered ride height that comes with the standard PASM adaptive dampers. None of the additions are overwhelming, but Porsche has made sure to massage the car enough to make it stand out.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 177,52 Inches
Width 72,91 Inches (w/o mirrors)
Height 50,98 Inches
Wheelbase 96,46 Inches
Curb weight 3142 LBS
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) 4078 LBS
Trunk Capacity 33,0 cu. ft.
Fuel Tank Capacity 16,91 gal.

Interior

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Added standard equipment includes leather-wrapped seats, Alcantara trim and Sat Nav

Inside, customers will get the same familiar 911 interior in either Carrera 2 or Carrera 4 guises, with a few extra goodies on top. Added standard equipment includes leather-wrapped seats, Alcantara trim and satellite navigation.

If these extra features aren’t enough, you can always select additional items from the company’s options list. If you feel particularly wealthy, you can select the Porsche Exclusive program for a fully customized cabin.

Drivetrain

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All GTS models are powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine rated at 430 horsepower

All GTS models are powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine rated at 430 horsepower. That’s 30 ponies more than the Carrera 4S and 45 horses less than the GT3, meaning the GTS bridges the gap between the two naturally aspirated sports cars. With the uprated engine also come the company’s Sport Chrono package, a sport exhaust, and either a manual or a PDK transmission. The GTS can be had in both rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive guises.

When equipped with the PDK dual-clutch, the 911 GTS coupe hits 60 mph from a standing start in only 3.8 seconds, one tenth of a second quicker than the Carrera S, while the cabriolet needs four seconds flat. Top speed varies between 187 to 190 mph depending on trim or transmission.

Drivetrain/Specifications

Manual PDK
Cylinder layout / number of cylinders Horizontally Opposed / 6 Horizontally Opposed / 6
Displacement 3.8 l 3.8 l
Engine layout Rear engine Rear engine
Max. Power 430 HP @ 7500 RPM 430 HP @ 7500 RPM
Acceleration 0 - 60 mph 4.2 sec 3.8 sec
Top Track Speed 190 mph 189 mph
Fuel Consumption City (estimate) TBD mpg TBD mpg
Highway (estimate) TBD mpg TBD mpg

Prices

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Pricing for the GTS begins from $114,200. For that amount you get the entry-level Carrera GTS coupe, while the cabriolet version will set you back $126,100. Moving over to the Carrera 4 GTS models, the coupe is priced from $120,900, while the cabriolet retails from $132,800.

Model Price
Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe $114,200
Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet $126,100
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe $120,900
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet $132,800

Competition

Audi R8 V8

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While the V-10-powered R8 is way too powerful for the naturally aspirated 911s, the V-8 version is right on par with the GTS when it comes to output. Motivated by Audi’s proven 4.2-liter, FSI engine, the R8 V8 comes with 430 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque on tap. However, the German sports car isn’t as fast in a straight line, needing 4.3 second to charge from 0 to 60 mph with the S tronic transmission. The figure drops to 4.6 seconds with the manual transmission.

The R8 is slightly inferior as far as top speed goes as well. The automatic version can hit 186 mph, while the manual sports car tops out at 187 mph. Pricing begins from $115,900 for the latter and $124,900 for the former. The R8 can also be had as a convertible, with stickers set at $129,400 and $138,400 respectively.

Conclusion

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It took Porsche more than three years to bring the 911 Carrera GTS back, and boy we’re glad the Germans developed a second-generation model to bridge the gap between the regular Carrera and the GT3. OK, so maybe the GTS isn’t that special when it comes to extra features, but its main feat lies under the rear bonnet. Fancy naturally aspirated engines, but you need more than 400 ponies and you don’t want to go all the way up to the track-prepped GT3? Now you can take the GTS and its 430 horses home, on the highway or to the track, depending on how much fun you’re aiming to have. And you know what else is outstanding about the new GTS? It’s the 19th version of the current 911. Can you name any other sports car that can be had in such a variety of models?

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    • * Could’ve used more unique features inside and out
    • * Convertible models are quite pricey

Press Release

Porsche is sending its second generation of the 911 Carrera GTS to the starting line. Four models – a coupe and a cabriolet, each with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive – now close the gap between the 911 Carrera S and the street-legal sports car optimised for the race track, the 911 GT3. Some of the technical ingredients that generate even more driving dynamics and driving fun: 430 hp (316 kW) power, the Sport Chrono package and the PASM active damper system which lowers the car’s ride height by ten millimetres. Improved efficiency has also led to quicker accelerations and higher top speeds, but combined fuel consumption figures remain unchanged at the favourable level of the S models. When combined with the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), the 911 Carrera GTS sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds (Cabriolet: 4.2 seconds). The top speed of each GTS model is beyond the 300 km/h barrier; the fastest at 306 km/h is the Coupe with a manual transmission and rear-wheel drive.

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When adjusted for their additional features, the new top models are attractive in price as well. A number of options are included as standard, such as bi-xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and the sport exhaust system for unmistakable GTS sound. The driver and front passenger also sit in an exclusive Alcantara interior with leather-trimmed sport seats whose centre panels are made of Alcantara as on the other GTS models by Porsche.

The exteriors of the new 911 cars – like all GTS models by Porsche – differ significantly from the other Carrera models. All models have the 911 Carrera 4 body with wide-flared rear wheel arches and a wide track. Also standard are 20-inch wheels with centre wheel locks, which are painted in an exclusive matt black. Accentuating the front end are special trim elements and smoked bi-xenon headlights. Black trim strips on the customised GTS air intake screen and black chrome-plated exhaust tailpipes characterise the rear of the GTS.

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With the addition of these new top models, the 911 Carrera range now consists of twelve sports cars at three power levels, as coupes and cabriolets, and with rear-wheel and all-wheel drive systems. The 911 Carrera GTS and 911 Carrera 4 GTS will be offered in Germany at prices starting at 117,549 euros, including country-specific features and 19 per cent VAT. In Germany, the four models will be available at dealers starting in November 2014.

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