Porsche announces 911 Carrera 4 GTS

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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When Porsche released the 911 Carrera GTS for the 2011 model year, it seemed only a matter of time before an all-wheel-drive version would join the rear-drive model. Porsche has confirmed this speculation with the recent debut of the 911 Carrera 4 GTS.

The Carrera 4 GTS benefits from a 23 horsepower upgrade over the Carrera 4S, which makes for a total of 408 horsepower from the 3.8-litre, horizontally-opposed, six-cylinder engine. Maximum torque is available at 4,200 rpm, 200 rpm lower than max torque comes on in the 4S.

Porsche says that the Carrera 4 GTS can accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour (0 to 96.6 km/h) in four seconds when equipped with two options: the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and the Sport Chrono Package Plus. The top-track speed of the Carrera 4 GTS is a claimed to be 302 km/h (187 mph) with the standard 6-speed manual and 299 km/h (186 mph) with PDK.

As the name implies, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS is outfitted with all-wheel-drive, namely the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel-drive system. PTM employs an electromagnetically-controlled multi-plate clutch that distributes torque between front and rear axles as needed. The Carrera 4 GTS also benefits from a mechanical limited-slip differential for added traction and stability.

Porsche's 911 Carrera 4 GTS is distinguished by SportDesign front bodywork, black side skirts (which are also found on the 911 GT2), and a discreet black panel between the exhaust pipes. The car also wears eye-catching black, centre-locking 19-inch RS Spyder design wheels.

As with the wheels, black is dominant inside the car. Black Alcantara fabric is used extensively, found on the seats, door inserts, the steering wheel, gear shift knob, and the handbrake lever. Apart from that, the interior of the 911 Carrera 4 GTS looks the same as today's standard 911 Carrera.

The Carrera 4 GTS coupe will go on sale this fall with a base manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $125,700 ($110,200 USD). A cabriolet will also be available and carries an MSRP of $137,000 ($120,100 USD).

Despite its fall availability, the Carrera 4 GTS coupe and cabriolet models can be configured with options at Porsche.ca.
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Topics: Convertible, Sports Coupe, Porsche, 2012, Carrera 4 GTS Coupe, Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet, $99,999+,

Organizations: Porsche

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