Porsche engineers never sleep or if they do, they are dreaming of more ways of getting Porsche drivers to produce more endorphins by continually pumping up the performance factor of their sport cars and SUVs. The new 911 Carrera GTS, that was went on sale last December, is now available with intelligent all-wheel drive and 408 hp from their 3.8-liter flat six engine.
A redesign of the intake duct has added 23 hp, taking the peak power output to 408 hp at 7,300 rpm. Consequently, the fire breathing engine has a more generous torque curve in the lower and middle engine speed range. This means 236 lb-ft of torque (320 Nm) is available from as low as 1,500 rpm; overall, the six-cylinder engine delivers its peak torque of 309 lb-ft of torque (420 Nm) across a broad engine speed range from 4,200 – 5,600 rpm.
The driver’s euphoria is further enhanced by an unmistakable acoustic signature from the sports exhaust system, and this unique character is supplemented by exhaust tailpipes finished in a distinctive black surface design.
Underneath the Carrera GTS, the four-wheel drive version features Porsche Traction Management (PTM) that offers even more driving stability, traction and agile handling. Additionally, the Carrera 4 GTS features a limited-slip rear differential as standard which contributes to the dynamic performance of the electronically-controlled all-wheel drive system. We recently drove a 911 Carrera 4S and liked how the four wheel drive system complemented the power of the rear-engined sports car and made it a more predictable driving machine. Overall, we preferred the four-wheel drive setup over the rear, two-wheel drive configuration.
The Carrera 4 GTS is fitted as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, and the Coupé model sprints from 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds, the Cabriolet in 4.8 seconds. If equipped with the optional Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) seven-speed double-clutch transmission, an additional 0.2 seconds can be trimmed from these acceleration times.
The Carrera 4 GTS gets wider wheel arches in the rear to accommodate increased rear track width. There also is a special front apron, black side skirts and 19-inch RS Spyder wheels.
The interior is largely black with Alcantara parts and a three-spoke steering wheel.
On sale fall of 2011, the coupe starts at $110,200 and the cabriolet starts at $120,100, not including destination charges.