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Redial 911!

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On: Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 11:21AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Redial 911!

Over the last fifty years, fewer cars have done more and less to improve their flagship model than Porsche has with its 911. The technological advancements have been astounding: going from air to water cooling, adding turbos, more turbos, transmissions that house four, five, six, and even seven speeds that vary in mode from the traditional manual, to semi-automatic, to full automatic, all while steadily improving horsepower numbers. However, it takes a keen eye to visually distinguish a 385hp 911 from a 620hp monster. This is because Porsche has done almost nothing to change the basic appearance of the 911 since its inception back in 1963.

For 2011 Porsche has decided to unveil another version of the all too familiar shaped model:  The Carrera GTS

Set to make its official debut at the Paris motor show, the new GTS is rationalized by Porsche as fitting the gap between the current 385hp Carrera S and the 435hp GT3, which it does almost perfectly by producing 408hp (a perfect split would be 410hp for the record) and an identical torque peak 310lb-ft as the Carrera S, but coming in at 4200 rpm as opposed to the S’s 4400 rpm from the same 3.8 liter horizontally opposed boxer six. Driver’s choice of transmission is either a standard six-speed manual or a paddle-shifted, seven-speed PDK dual-clutch unit. Fuel mileage remains unchanged from the Carrera S’s 18/25 city/highway mpg.  

Middle of the road is the story of this new GTS. It literally splits the figures of the Carrera S and GT3 almost in half in every measurable category. Porsche claims a 0-60mph time of 4.2 seconds which falls in between the 4.5 second claim for the S and the 4.0 second time for the GT3. Top speed numbers for the GTS are, you guessed it, right between the GT3’s 194mph and the Carrera S’s 188mph at 190mph (though we’re sure 191 is possible, just to make things even).

Aside from the GTS badging located on various eye-catching locations on and about the car, the visual distinctions between the GTS and Carrera S are subtle to say the least. The only structural difference is that the GTS employs a wider rear track like the all-wheel drive model 911s (the Carrera S is RWD). Aside from that, the GTS employs minor cosmetic touches like black side skirts, a black rear valance panel, and matching black center locking 19-inch RS Spyder alloy wheels. Inside the GTS has the same interior as the S, but finished in Alcantara trim for a slightly sportier feel.

So now with 20 variants of the 911: The Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera Cabriolet, Carrera S Cabriolet, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Carrera 4 Cabriolet, Carrera 4S Cabriolet, Carrera GTS, Carrera GTS Cabriolet, Targa 4, Targa 4S, Turbo, Turbo S, Turbo Cabriolet, Turbo S Cabriolet, GT3, GT3 RS, GT2 RS, and Speedster, Porsche has made a model for just about anyone with enough a bunch of extra disposable income lying around. No price for the GTS is set yet, but we think it’s a safe bet that given the Carrera S’s MSRP of $90,500 and the GT3’s $115,700 price, expecting to see the GTS come in around $103,100 might just be about right.

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