What Is It?
2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS coupe and cabriolet
What's New About This Model?
The 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS coupe and cabriolet are more aggressive than the standard 911 without going to the extremes of the racetrack-oriented GT3. With the addition of the new GTS models, the 911 family grows to 19 models, which range from 350 to 560 horsepower.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Porsche said the 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS coupe and cabriolet will arrive at Porsche dealerships by the end of 2014.
How Much Does It Cost?
The 2015 Porsche Carrera GTS coupe starts at $115,195, with the GTS cabriolet starting at $127,095. Pricing for the 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS coupe starts at $121,895, while its cabriolet variant starts at $133,795.
What Kinds of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
The GTS is equipped with a 3.8-liter six-cylinder "boxer" engine that delivers 430 hp, with the power getting to the ground via a standard seven-speed manual transmission or the optional PDK dual-clutch seven-speed transmission.
The 911 GTS is available with rear- or all-wheel drive.
How Does It Differ From Other Carrera Models?
The exterior is designed to look significantly different from other Carrera models. All GTS versions are based on the 911 Carrera 4 body with flared rear wheel arches and a wider track. Standard equipment includes 20-inch center-lock wheels painted in an exclusive gloss black. Other touches include a special GTS air intake and black chrome-plated exhaust tailpipes.
A standard active damper system lowers the ride height by 0.39 inch compared to the 911 Carrera.
Standard equipment includes bi-xenon headlights, leather seats and a sport exhaust system.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi R8: The R8 is a top performer, yet surprisingly comfortable enough for daily use. It is one of the most livable exotic sports cars and one that is easy to recommend.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06: One of America's best-loved nameplates, the Corvette Z06 is an all-new model that charges into supercar territory with a tantalizing design, advanced technologies and world-class performance that's designed to take on anything that Porsche — and other rivals — can throw at it.
SRT Viper GTS: A domestic chart-topper, the Viper GTS has a lot to offer in terms of emotional gratification and stage presence. And with a base price of $109,380, including a $1,995 destination charge for the 2014 model, it's less expensive than several of its rivals.
Should You Spring for It?
This is an upgrade for 911 buyers who want something a step above the standard 911 but don't want the stiff ride of the ultra-aggressive GT3 model. Well worth it if you drive hard. For those who just like the look, a properly optioned 911 Carrera S would do just fine.