Ahead of its debut at this month’s Paris Motor Show, Porsche has fitted some suede and black paint flicks to its 911 model and called it the Carrera GTS. The price? Close to AU$20,000 more than the Carrera S, thank you very much!
Coming in coupe and convertible forms, the slightly more powerful Carrera GTS will sit at the top of the Carrera range when it goes on sale. Using a wider body than the all-wheel-drive Carrera, it instead opts for a rear-wheel-drive power delivery, similar to the lower-cost 911 models.
At 300kW, the 3.8-litre flat-six engine pumps out 17kW more than than the Carrera S, delivering a top speed of 306km/h. Porsche also claims that the GTS version delivers better road-handling.
However, the stopwatch tells a different story, as the GTS is just 0.1 second faster than the Carrera in a 0-100km/h sprint.
Notwithstanding the minor cosmetic tweaks made to create the GTS, its increased power delivery comes from a specially-tuned intake manifold to deliver more torque in the lower rev range, along with refinements to the car’s exhaust system. And despite the improved power delivery, fuel consumption is said to be near-identical to the Carrera S.
But isn’t that what we’ve noticed all along?