Porsche's outgoing 911 Carrera coupe and carbio get a punchy last hurrah: the 402bhp GTS
Mark Tisshaw
1 October 2010

Porsche has unveiled its new 911 Carrera GTS at the Paris motor show.

The model is a swansong for the current 997 range as the most powerful and potentially best-handling regular production Carrera yet.

See the official pics of the new Porsche 911 Carrera GTSSee an exclsuive video blog of the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS on the Paris show stand

It's due to go on sale in the UK in coupé and cabriolet body styles in December. It will be the final ‘regular’ 911 before the range is replaced with an all-new model from autumn 2011.

Unlike Porsche’s more extreme GT2, GT3 and Turbo 911s and their derivatives, the rear-wheel-drive GTS aims to preserve the Carrera’s day-to-day practicality while also boosting power, performance and dynamic ability.

Power from the Carrera S’s 3.8-litre direct-injection flat six engine is increased by 23bhp to 402bhp. Peak torque of 310lb ft is now available at 4200rpm, 200rpm lower than in the Carrera S.

Buyers get a six-speed manual gearbox as standard or can choose Porsche’s seven-speed PDK gearbox with steering wheel-mounted shifters as an option.

The manual GTS has a top speed 2mph higher than the Carrera S’s at 190mph, and its 0-62mph time is cut by 0.1sec to 4.6sec — or to as low as 4.2sec in a GTS coupé with PDK and the Sport Chrono Package Plus in Sport Plus mode.

Despite the extra power, the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of a PDK-equipped GTS are unchanged from the Carrera S’s at 27.7mpg and 240g/km.

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The biggest visual change to the GTS is that the rear is 44mm wider than the Carrera S to accommodate a wider track. Porsche claims this “further enhances the chassis dynamics”.

A new sports exhaust system is also added, with two dual tailpipes painted black on the outside. Porsche says this exhaust set-up produces “a unique sound”.

The GTS rides on 19in RS Spyder high-gloss black alloy wheels with 235/35 ZR19 tyres at the front and 305/35 ZR19 at the rear. Other styling changes include a SportDesign front bumper with a black spoiler edge and black side skirts.

The rear bumper is painted black between the tailpipes and Carrera GTS logos are added to the doors and engine cover.

The black-finished cabin features Alcantara on the centre sections of the front sports seats, SportDesign steering wheel, gearlever and handbrake.

Prices for the Carrera GTS start at £76,758 for the coupé and £83,493 for the cabriolet.

Mark Tisshaw

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R32

15 September 2010

I think looks like one of the nicest 911's I've seen in quite a while, there's a certain attractiveness in it's simplicity. Shame the price isn't a bit more simple too, but a nice car.

15 September 2010

You are right, not exactly cheap, but the cabriolet and coupe are more than £50k less than a DB9 equivalents and can stuff the AM for performance and practicality.

15 September 2010

One of the cleanest, simplest designs for the 911 and all the best for it. Lovely.

15 September 2010

I'm sure that there are other cars available that people will say do, but is this the car that really makes the R8 (coupé or spyder (V8)) look like very poor value for money?

I'm not trying to make a partisan point, or willfully knock the Audi, I'd really like to know.

15 September 2010

Sweet!

15 September 2010

Still a beautiful car but it still looks the same as it always has. Maybe a game of spot the difference could pass the day...

Global Warming.. My Rs

15 September 2010

The standard C2S cost >£74000

The powerkit option which the GTS got as standard cost £8200

There is no reason to buy the standard C2S cause this is slightly faster (Extra bhp) and handles better (wider track and lighter wheels)

If there is no printing error, £76000 is much cheaper than the similar spec Sports Classic and cost just £3000 more than the standard car. Perfect 911 for those who find the standard Carrera too soft and the GT3 too hardcore!

15 September 2010

where are the Carrera go faster stripes ?

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jer

15 September 2010

At first thought oh another Porsche, but the spec and price make that last grey special edition seem irrelevant.

15 September 2010

So this is the back of a 4 with the front of a 2: brilliant! Always wanted the better proportioned (in my eyes) carrera 4s, but with out the 4wd. More power is a bonus for bragging but not really relevant. Hmmm... manual or PDK?... If price is correct, probably the best value d2d car out there! One more year to 997.2's replacement: I'd be surprised if this was the swan song.

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