Porsche Expands 911 Lineup for 2015 – New Carrera GTS Models Revealed

By Steve & Tamami Laser

How do you like your Porsche 911? Let us count the ways. The lineup now consists of 19 separate models with the introduction of the new 911 Carrera GTS for the 2015 model year. While that may sound like too many, when it comes to this legendary sports car, too many is not enough.

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Porsche says the new GTS is designed to “bridge the gap between the 911 Carrera S and race-track tested 911 GT3.” We didn’t realize that a gap existed until they graciously pointed it out. Actually, with a base MSRP of $114,200 the new GTS appeals to those with deep appreciation for the marque – and pockets to match.

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Even if the price puts it out of reach, sports car fans want to know all the details so they can recite the specs at club meetings or to impress folks at cocktail parties (which works fine…until they watch you drive off in your Daihatsu Charade.)

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With 430 horses on tap, the automaker says the GTS is capable of a zero to 60 mph sprint in just 3.8 seconds (the cabrio is a tad slower at 4.0 sec.) fitted with the PDK transmission. Rather than listing all the fun facts in the press release, we’ve included it below for your perusal.

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Look for the new 911 GTS at your local Porsche dealer later this year.

ENHANCED POWER AND PERFORMANCE – THE NEW PORSCHE 911 CARRERA GTS MODELS

Four new GTS models added to the 911 Carrera family

Atlanta. Porsche has revealed the second generation of 911 Carrera GTS models. The GTS models are available as coupe and cabriolet versions, with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. These new models bridge the gap between the 911 Carrera S and race track tested 911 GT3. Several technical features heighten dynamic performance and driving pleasure, including the 430 horsepower engine from the Carrera S Powerkit which incorporates the Sport Chrono package and Sport Exhaust. The standard PASM active damper system lowers the ride height by 10 mm compared to the 911 Carrera.

When equipped with PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung dual-clutch transmission), the 911 Carrera GTS sprints from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds
(Cabriolet: 4.0 seconds) – which is one-tenth of a second faster than the S model. Top track speeds for the GTS models range from 187 to 190 miles per hour, depending on drivetrain and transmission. Despite quicker acceleration and higher top speeds, the GTS versions retain a similar level of efficiency as the 911 Carrera S models.

Added performance and an extended range of standard features make the new models attractive in price as well. Standard equipment includes Bi-Xenon™ headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and the Sport exhaust system, which delivers an unmistakable GTS sound. The Alcantara® interior features leather-trimmed sport seats with center panels made of Alcantara® – a traditional feature of all Porsche GTS models. The exterior of the new GTS models differs significantly from the other Carrera variants. All GTS versions are based on the 911 Carrera 4 body with flared rear wheel arches and a wider track.

Also standard are 20-inch center lock wheels, painted in an exclusive gloss black. Special trim elements and tinted Bi-Xenon™ headlights accentuate the front end, while black trim strips on the customized GTS air intake and black chrome-plated exhaust tailpipes distinguish the rear of the Carrera GTS models.

With the addition of the new GTS models, the 911 family now consists of nineteen sports cars which range from 350 to 560 hp. MSRP for the 911 Carrera GTS starts at $114,200, while the 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet starts at $126,100. The 911 Carrera 4 GTS will have an MSRP of $120,900 in Coupe and $132,800 in Cabriolet form. A destination charge of $995 is not included in the MSRP. The four models will be available at U.S. dealers by the end of 2014.

News source and photos courtesy Porsche Cars North America

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