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Paris auto show: Porsche 911 Carrera GTS revealed

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Paris auto show: Porsche 911 Carrera GTS revealed


With a little more than a year before the arrival of a brand-new model, Porsche has revealed yet another version of the existing 911, the Carrera GTS, in both coupe and cabriolet body styles.

Set to underpin the German sports-car maker's stand at the Paris motor show, the newest addition to the 911 lineup receives a revised version of the 3.8-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder boxer engine found in the Carrera S. It boasts a sports exhaust system and a long list of standard features--all aimed at ramping up the appeal of today's 911 in the face of stiff supercar competition from the Audi R8 and the Aston Martin Vantage.

With 408 hp, the rear-wheel-drive Carrera GTS packs 23 hp more than the 385 hp Carrera S. Peak torque remains the same at 310 lb-ft but is developed 200 rpm lower in the range, at 4,200 rpm.

The Carrera GTS comes standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, but customers can also specify Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual-clutch as an option. The car can hit 62 mph in 4.2 seconds on the way to a top speed 190 mph in coupe guise.

Among the Carrera GTS's standard features are 19-inch center-locking alloy wheels, unique side sills and a rear valance panel finished in black. Inside, there are sport seats, unique black Alcantara trim and a three-spoke sport steering wheel.

U.S. pricing for the Carrera GTS has not been revealed, but Porsche officials confirm that the new 911 model will be sold in the States starting late this year.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20100915/PARIS/100919936#ixzz0zbysYfwh

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2010 Paris Auto Show Preview: Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran


September 15th, 2010

Porsche is adding a new member to the 911 family in the form of the Carrera GTS, which will be making its world debut later this month at the 2010 Paris Auto Show.

The new GTS is positioned just above the 911 Carrera S and in keeping with that positioning receives a slight bump in power. The car’s 3.8-liter flat six engine has been tuned to produce 23 horsepower more than the one in the Carrera S, now coming in at 408 horsepower. Peak torque remains at 310 pound-feet but is available at 4,200 rpm, 200 rpm lower than in the Carrera S.

The additional performance is the result of a special resonance intake manifold that features six vacuum-controlled tuning flaps to switch between power- and torque-optimized geometry (the Carrera S has just one). Added to this is a sports exhaust system with twin dual tailpipes producing a unique sound. The outer shells of the exhaust pipes are painted in black and their inner tubes are polished on the outside and nano-coated.

As standard, the Carrera GTS has a six-speed manual gearbox and the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) is available as an option, both sending drive to the rear wheels only. In comparison with the Carrera S, top speed of the GTS with manual transmission rises by 2mph to 190 mph. In general, acceleration from 0-62 mph improves by 0.1 seconds; for a GTS Coupe with PDK and a Sport Chrono Package Plus in Sport Plus mode the benchmark sprint takes just 4.2 seconds.

Visually differentiating the GTS from the Carrera S and improving its handling is the 44 mm wider body of all-wheel drive Carrera 4 models--including a widened rear track but with the aforementioned rear-wheel drive. The GTS also sports 19 inch glossy black alloys, a custom SportDesign bodykit with black highlights and Carrera GTS logos on the doors and rear lid, in black or silver depending on the body color.

In combination with the standard black interior color, the centre sections of the driver and passenger sport seats are covered with black Alcantara. A new SportDesign steering wheel has also been fitted, and this, too, is covered in Alcantara.

First sales will start in Europe this December, with a U.S. arrival pegged for shortly after that.



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Video: Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Official Driving Footage

By Nelson Ireson


September 15th, 2010

The 911 Carrera GTS hit the Web today and has some folks asking, "why not just get a GT3?" It's a fair question, for those that don't need a back seat or the comfort and convenience of the full Carrera treatment, but for those that do, this video shows the car off in its native environment: beautiful countryside.

The GT3's native environment is a track, of course, and while we're suckers for its plaintive howl, the slightly muted roar of the GTS is likely a better roadtrip companion. With a 3.8-liter flat six cranking out 408 horsepower through the rear wheels, there's every reason to skip the interstate and take the scenic route, as the driver in this video appears to be doing.

We'll have more on the 911 Carrera GTS live from the Paris auto show.




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