Porsche announced today two new additions to its lineup: the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe and Cabriolet. That’s right, the 911 Carrera GTS is now available with the all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM). Under the hood, we find the same 3.8-liter, six-cylinder Carrera S engine delivering a total output of 408 hp (300 kW) at 7,300 rpm and 420 Nm of torque.
The 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds, while the Cabriolet needs 4.8 seconds.
The vehicles are offered as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but when using the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) seven-speed transmission, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds, while the Cabriolet hits the same speed in 4.6 seconds.
Regarding the fuel consumption, Porsche says that the Coupe needs 11.0 l/100 km (25.7 mpg imp.) while the Cabriolet has a fuel consumption of 11.2 l/100 km (25.2 mpg imp.).
Regarding the design, the Carrera 4 GTS come with the same details from earlier variants with rear-wheel drive (you can read all about them here). Moreover, the distinguishing characteristic of all models with all-wheel drive is the additional reflective stripe between the taillights. Other visual features seen on these models are the Sport-Design front apron with black painted spoiler lip and special side skirts, also in black.
Inside the cares feature sporty black Alcantara covering on centre panels, steering wheel rim, gearshift and handbrake lever, door handles and door storage box lid. The 911 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe is priced from 111,956 euro, while the Cabriolet version costs 122,071 euro (including country-specific equipment and VAT at 19 per cent).
It is the new flagship in the famous Carrera sports car line. The new Porsche 911 Carrera GTS features superior dynamic suspension, greater track width and larger tyres. The GTS increases the front track by two millimetres and is now at 1,488 millimetres. With a classic rear-wheel drive configuration, the rear axle is a vital component for traction and lateral dynamics. In addition, it has been buillt 32 millimetres wider to become 1,548 millimetres, with more sizable stabilisers.
The tyres must then also be designed to ensure outstanding dynamics. Therefore, 235/35 ZR 19 tyres are fitted at the front, while 305/30 ZR 19 tyres are at the rear, replacing the 295/30 ZR 19 tyres used on the Carrera S. These tyres are standardly fitted on the inimitably centre-mounted RS Spyder wheels.
Currently, this implementation of using lighter rotating masses -- a motor racing technological adaptation -- is only offered by other manufacturers as a customising option for super sports cars and exclusive models. Not surprisingly, the wheels match the tyres in size. The front wheels are 8.5 inches wide, while the rear wheels are 11 inches. Customers may also opt to avail of 19-inch Carrera wheels with identical dimensions and price.
Standard Active Suspension
The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system is a standard feature which enables each of the active shock absorbers to adapt accordingly in every possible dynamic condition. A variable damping feature lets the driver select between a "PASM Normal" or "PASM Sport" mode. The "Normal" mode provides a smoother ride with a basic shock absorber configuration that adjusts to a sportier mode when driving in a more dynamic manner. The "Sport" mode, meanwhile, constantly uses a stiffer shock absorber curve attribute in order to smoothen a more consistently sprightly driving style.
Porsche also presents the PASM sports suspension as an option for the Carrera GTS Coupé. This suspension version is designed specifically for dynamic sportive driving, with a setting that is tighter and set 20 mm lower. The mechanically locking differential comes along with the active sports suspension.