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2011 Porsche Carrera GTS Gets 408HP - Web Exclusive

Welcome the new member of 911 family combining a powerful 408hp 3.8-liter flat six engine with rear-wheel drive.

Sep 15, 2010


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New member of 911 family combines a powerful 408hp 3.8-liter flat six engine with rear-wheel drive to create an exceptionally sporting Carrera. The widened rear body emphasizes the classic rear-engine configuration of the 911 and wider rear track further enhances the chassis dynamics. The car will debut at the Paris Auto Salon (October 2-17) and will go on sale in December.

The 3.8-liter direct-injection flat-six engine has been tuned to produce an additional 23hp more than the 911 Carrera S. Special attention was paid to the cylinder charge in the engine. A special resonance intake manifold features six vacuum-controlled tuning flaps that switch between power- and torque-optimized geometry, whereas in the Carrera S there is only one tuning flap. Consequently, maximum torque of 310 lb-ft is available at 4200rpm, 200rpm earlier than with the Carrera S for increased low-rev response.

Added to this is a sports exhaust system with two dual tailpipes producing a unique sound. The outer shells of the exhaust pipes are painted black, and their inner tubes are polished on the outside and nano-coated. As standard, the Carrera GTS has a six-speed manual transmission and the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) is available as an option. In comparison with the Carrera S, top speed of the GTS with manual transmission rises by 2mph to 190mph.

In general, acceleration from 0-62mph 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.

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However, the GTS consumes no more fuel than the Carrera S in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Fuel consumption of a Carrera GTS with PDK in the NEDC is 23mpg US and CO2 emissions are 240g/km. Unique within the 911 Carrera family, the GTS combines the 44mm wider body of the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 models - including widened rear track - with a classic rear-wheel drive configuration.

There are many more details to underline the design and technology of the GTS from other Carrera models. For instance, the GTS sits on 19-inch center-locking RS Spyder alloy wheels, painted in black with high-gloss finished rims, with 235/35 ZR19 tires on the front and 305/30 ZR19 on the rear.

Further features include the SportDesign front apron with spoiler edge painted in black, special side skirts also in black, and the Carrera GTS logo on doors and rear lid, in black or silver depending on the body color. The area between the two tailpipes on the rear apron is also finished in black. In combination with the standard black interior color, the center sections of the driver and passenger sport seats are covered with black Alcantara. The sporty interior ambience is further emphasized by use of Alcantara wherever the driver and passenger come into direct contact with the vehicle; such as on the rim of the new three-spoke SportDesign steering wheel and on the gear lever and e-brake.



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