2010 Paris Auto Show
What is it?
2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
What's special about it?
Porsche has done it. Again. There are already no fewer than 18 different variations of the Porsche 911, yet the company has just revealed plans for a new version positioned between the popular Carrera S and track-oriented GT3.
Known as the 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, the new model is scheduled to make its public debut at the 2010 Paris Auto Show prior to going on sale in North America in early 2011. That timeline leaves the GTS less than a year to stamp its authority before a brand-new generation of 911, known internally as the 991, is due to reach showrooms.
Power for the 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS comes by way of an upgraded version of the 911 Carrera S's 3.8-liter flat-6 engine that comes with a standard sport exhaust system and a few mild tweaks to the induction system. The result is 408 horsepower, an increase of 23 over the standard Carrera S but still 27 less than the GT3. Torque peaks at 310 pound-feet — the same as the Carrera S, but developed 200 rpm lower in the rev range at 4,200 rpm.
The Carrera GTS will be sold with a standard six-speed manual gearbox running the same ratios and 3.44:1 final drive as the Carrera S. However, Porsche expects most buyers will opt for its optional seven-speed PDK double-clutch gearbox providing both manual (via steering wheel-mounted paddles and/or shift lever) and set-and-forget automatic modes.
So equipped, the latest addition to the 911 lineup is claimed to hit 62 mph from standstill in 4.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 mph — figures that nudge it ahead of the Carrera S but still give the GT3 a slight advantage in overall performance.
Equally impressive is the fuel consumption. Despite its keener performance, Porsche says the Carrera GTS returns the same 23 mpg (U.S.) average as the Carrera S on the combined European consumption cycle.
To be sold in both coupe and cabriolet body styles at an as-yet-undisclosed price, the Carrera GTS is visually differentiated from the Carrera S by some subtle changes to its exterior. It wears the rear bodywork of the Carrera 4S with its wider wheel housings, unique black sills underneath the doors and blacked-out valance panel on the rear bumper. The 2011 Porsche 911 GTS rolls on unique 19-inch center-bolt alloy wheels wrapped in 235/35R19 tires up front and 305/35R19 tires out back.
Inside, the new Porsche receives a series of upgrades, including a three-spoke sport steering wheel, sport seats and unique black Alcantara trim.
Edmunds.com says: A fairly mild upgrade to the standard Carrera, the 2011 Porsche 911 GTS gives the carmaker yet another new 911 to talk about until the fully redesigned model arrives next year. — Andreas Stahl, Contributor