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Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
November 07
09:44 2014

The GTS is finally back. This car successfully fills the gap between the Carrera S on one side and the Turbo and GT3 on the other. It is a sportier, more manly and more capable than the standard S model, but also far more suitable for an everyday ride than the beastly Turbo S or the track-ready GT3. Many would argue that you can upgrade the Carrera S with optional features and bring it extremely close to the GTS and they would be right to some extent. The problem is that Porsche is very well known for putting a frightening price tag on almost all its additions and the GTS brings much of that as standard for significantly less money than the heavily upgraded Carrera S.

For example, a standard 911 GTS will set you back $114,200. Not very cheap, you would say, but there word “standard” here signifies a lot more than you can imagine including the likes of PASM active dampers (which makes the GTS 10 millimeters lower than the 911 Carrera S), sport exhaust, Bi-Xenon lights with Porsche Dynamic Lighting, 20” wheels and Alcantara interior which is something that is common in all GTS models. And this is just the beginning. What most of the GTS buyers are looking for is improved performance and here they will get the Carrera S Powerkit and Sport Chrono as standard features.

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All this together is paired up with a 3.8 l flat 6 engine which produces 430 HP at 7500 RPM and 325 lb-ft of torque. You can also choose between a coupe and convertible versions and between seven-speed PDK automatic transmission and – yes, thank you Porsche – the seven-speed manual. Moreover, you can opt for the Carrera 2 or the Carrera 4.

All these numbers and options amount to the top speed of 189 MPH and acceleration to 62 MPH in just 4 seconds for the PDK version with two-wheel drive and 1 MPH higher top speed and 0.4 seconds slower acceleration for the same car with the manual gearbox. The fuel consumption figures vary between 17 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway which is almost unbelievable for a non-hybrid car that reaches 62 MPH in about 4 seconds.

If this isn’t enough for you, you can always add $6000 for the Carrera 4 GTS with AWD. The convertible 911 GTS starts at $126,100 and requires $4800 extra for the AWD.

In terms of looks, the Carrera GTS features extra-wide body as standard. This looks great with the already mentioned 20-inch wheels with black gloss finish. Black and chrome trim accents at the front and rear make the car instantly recognizable for any Porsche fan.

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So, will there be any buyers for the GTS? Well, knowing that many people already buy the Carrera and the Carrera S and often add a lot of money to the base price ticking loads of pricey additional features, the GTS is actually a bargain. You get a lot better car then the Carrera S even when bathed in optional features and the price is just a bit higher compared to the base Carrera S, and significantly lower compared to the Carrera S that you would bring to match the GTS using the optional features which are already standard in the 911 GTS. If you are buying a 911, the GTS might be one of the best options at the moment.

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