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Porsche unveils new 911 Carrera GTS models and pricing

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Porsche unveiled the new 911 Carrera GTS yesterday, a couple years after the 997-based Carrera GTS last graced the market. In true Carrera GTS form, it's available as a coupe or Cabriolet with rear- or all-wheel drive, and the powerplant of choice is the 3.8-liter Powerkit-equipped flat six available as an option in the Carrera S. Carrera 4 bodies with wide rear fenders are used for all GTS models, and accomodate a wider rear track than the Carrera S. It will launch by the end of 2014.

The 430-horsepower flat six is enough to accelerate a coupe GTS with the automatic PDK transmission from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds (a Cabriolet with the same transmission will do it in 4.0 seconds), one-tenth of a second quicker than a Carrera S coupe with PDK. The slowest GTS, an all-wheel-drive Cabriolet with PDK, tops out at a blazing 187 mph — on a track, of course! — and the fastest, a manual-transmission coupe, will do 190.

Like the last GTS, the new one is a relative bargain when considering the level of equipment it receives compared to a similarly optioned Carrera S. The least-expensive GTS is the rear-wheel-drive coupe, starting at $115,195 (including $995 destination fee). An otherwise basic Carrera S with the Powerkit option (which includes the sport exhaust and Sport Chrono) will set you back almost $118,000, and that doesn't include other optional and exclusive equipment that's standard on the GTS, such as Bi-Xenon headlamps with Porsche Dynamic Lighting System, Alcantara interior with leather-trimmed sport seats and Alcantara center panels, and GTS-exclusive gloss-black 20-inch center-lock wheels.

In addition to those exclusive wheels, wide body rear fenders, and the GTS badging, Porsche's newest Carrera can be identified by a bevy of exterior details. Up front, the Bi-Xenon headlamps are tinted and the lip spoiler is more pronounced. At the rear, the GTS' black grille trim covering the air intake is a throwback to an earlier, air-cooled era, and the exhaust tips are plated in black chrome.

If the last-generation GTS is any indication, we have high hopes that the new GTS will be among the best-driving 911s in the Carrera lineup, but we'll have to wait for the inevitable road test in Porsche Panorama to find out.

Pricing (includes $995 destination fee):

911 Carrera GTS: $115,195
911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet: $127,095
911 Carrera 4 GTS: $121,895
911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet: $133,795

Source: Porsche
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