2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS To Debut at 2010 Paris Auto Show

2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS To Debut at 2010 Paris Auto Show

2010 Paris Auto Show

2010 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Porsche will show the latest variation of its 911 at the upcoming Paris auto show.
  • Positioned just above the current Carrera S, the new 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS offers a slight bump in horsepower.
  • Porsche 911 Carrera GTS goes on sale in the U.S. in early 2011.

STUTTGART, Germany — Porsche will unveil the 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS later this month at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. The most recent 911 is scheduled to go on sale in North America in early 2011.

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 is 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 a 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 track-oriented Porsche 911 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

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