2015 Porsche 911 (991) Carrera GTS models become official ahead of LA Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 8, 2014

Porsche officially introduced the new 911 (991) Carrera GTS models ahead of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and announced that it will offer them as a coupe as well as a cabriolet and with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Slotted between the 911 Carrera S and the 911 GT3, the new 911 (991) Carrera GTS models are powered by a 3.8-liter boxer engine that produces 430 hp and 440 Nm (324.5 lb-ft) of torque at 5,750 rpm.

When using the 7-speed PDK automatic transmission, the 911 (991) Carrera GTS is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.0 as a Coupe and in 4.2 seconds as a Cabriolet, while top speed is 189 mph or 304 km/h. When equipped with a 7-speed manual transmission, the 911 GTS accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds as a Coupe and in 4.6 seconds as a Cabriolet, while top speed is 306 km/h or 190 mph.

Moreover, the 911 GTS models arrive with the Sport Chrono package and the PASM active damper system, which lowers the vehicle by 10 mm. As expected, the new GTS models offer plenty of features as standard, such as bi-xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), a sport exhaust system, an Alcantara-wrapped interior with leather-trimmed sport seats whose centre panels are made of Alcantara.

When it comes to exterior design, the GTS models have the 911 Carrera 4 body with wide-flared rear wheel arches and a wide track, 20-inch wheels with centre wheel locks painted in matt black, smoked headlights, black trim strips on the air intake screen and black chrome-plated exhaust tailpipes.

In Germany, pricing starts at 117,549 euros including the 19% VAT, while in the United States the vehicle starts at $114,200. Meanwhile, the 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet costs $126,100, while the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet costs $132,800. The 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe has a price tag of $120,900 in the United States.

Press Release

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

Porsche is extending the 911 Carrera model range with four GTS models. Several technical features heighten dynamic performance and driving pleasure, including a 430 horsepower engine, the Sport Chrono package, and the PASM active damper system which lowers the ride height by 10 mm.

Added performance as well as an extended range of standard features make the new models attractive in price as well. A number of options are included as standard, such as Bi-Xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and the sport exhaust system, which delivers unmistakable GTS sound. The GTS models are available as coupe or cabriolet versions, with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The 911 model series now offers a total of 19 sports cars ranging from 350 to 560 hp.

Power plant with 430 hp

The new sports cars set themselves apart from the other 911 Carrera models both technically and visually. The engine of the 911 Carrera GTS models is an advanced development of the 3.8 liter six-cylinder from the 911 Carrera S. An additional 30 hp power was gained by completely reworking the intake manifold. The variable resonance induction system that was specially developed was essential to boosting the engine's power and torque. In this system, the central intake manifold flap is supplemented by six additional resonance flaps, one in each individual cylinder runner. They are simultaneously opened or closed based on engine speed and throttle position. The result: resonance charging which results in better filling of the combustion chambers. This ensures that an optimal amount of fresh air reaches the combustion chambers in all driving situations, generating high torque at low revs and more power at high revs.

Further enhanced driving dynamics thanks to PASM and Sport Chrono package

Even better driving dynamics are generated by the combination of PASM and the dynamic engine mountings of the Sport Chrono package. Handling is noticeably more stable during throttle changes and in fast bends. Yet, the models still offer excellent 911 ride comfort on rough roads. The newly tuned gear-shifting unit of the standard seven-speed manual transmission lets drivers shift with less force in precise shift gates. When equipped with the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), the 911 Carrera GTS sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds (0 to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds, cabriolet 4.2 seconds, i.e. 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds), which is one-tenth of a second faster than the S model. The top speed of every GTS model passes the 186 mph mark (300 km/h); the fastest being the Coupe with a manual transmission and rear-wheel drive at 190 mph. The additional power is the result of increased engine efficiency.

Retuned standard sport exhaust system

The standard sport exhaust system delivers unmistakable GTS engine sound. Together with the unique black surface styling of the exhaust pipes, the system produces an unmistakable acoustic and visual character. The specially configured interplay between the engine and the control of the exhaust flaps makes the GTS models sound even more passionate during shifting, under full-throttle and during coastdown situations.

The sophistication typical of the GTS is also visible on the exterior of the 911 Carrera GTS. All models have the 911 Carrera 4 body which features flared real wheel arches and the widened track of the all-wheel drive 911. 20-inch center lock wheels are also standard. Previously these wheels were limited to the 918 Spyder, 911 GT3, and 911 Turbo models. On the 911 Carrera GTS, they are exclusively painted in gloss black. The GTS appearance is enhanced by sport design trim at the front end with an opening for the additional central radiator, tinted Bi-Xenon headlights, as well as the sport design side mirrors. Black accents have been added to the trim strips on the air intake, chrome-plated exhaust tailpipes and 911 Carrera GTS badges on the door and rear lid.

Consistently sporty interior with leather and Alcantara

The interior of the 911 Carrera GTS reflects the sporty character of a GTS. In the front, four-way adjustable sport plus seats feature black GTS logos on the head restraints. These seats provide additional lateral support combined with long-range comfort. To further improve the car's power-to-weight ratio, the rear seats can be optionally omitted in the coupé (not in the US), which reduces the weight by almost seven kilograms compared to the 911 Carrera S despite the wide body. The rear area then features carpeting with the GTS logo. In addition to leather, the dominant interior material is black Alcantara. This high-end material, which only weighs half as much as leather, is used for the center panels of the sport seats and as trim for the steering wheel rim, gear shift and parking brake levers, door handles, as well as the lids and extensions of the door storage compartments. The dials in the instrument cluster which sport the GTS logo, the anodized aluminum trim strips and the rooflining are also black. The aluminum door sill plates featuring the model name Carrera GTS in black are fitted as standard.

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