Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Now Available With All-Wheel Drive
By Carl Malek
Building on the formula of extra power, attractive styling, and affordable options that made the 911 Carrera GTS such a hit among Porsche fans, Porsche has officially revealed the all wheel drive version of the GTS. Known officially as the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, this model is deigned to give Porsche customers much better performance in adverse weather conditions especially in areas where rain and snow are prevalent.
Based on the Porsche Carrera 4S model, The Carrera 4 GTS utilizes the familiar upgraded 3.8 liter flat six that first made its debut in the RWD GTS. Producing a stout 408 horsepower and an equally impressive 310 lb ft of torque this engine should have no problem keeping up with its rivals from Germany and Italy.
The engine can be paired up with either a six speed manual or the optional Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual clutch seven speed automatic. When equipped with the PDK and the optional Sport Chrono Plus package, the coupe variant of the 911 Carrera 4 GTS can sprint its way to 60 miles per hour in a brisk 4.0 seconds flat. Top speeds for the new model are 186 miles per hour with the PDK and 187 miles per hour when the six speed manual is utilized.
However the 911 Carrera 4 GTS’s trump card is not its blistering on-road performance, but rather the tried and true Porsche Traction Management system, which along with a mechanically activated front slip differential are standard equipment on both the C4 GTS coupe and cabriolet models. Other pieces of standard equipment include a sport exhaust system equipped with black tipped quad pipes.
As far as exterior styling is concerned the 911 Carrera 4 GTS features a Sportdesign front apron, side skirts that are transplanted straight from the 911 GT2 version, wider rear wheel arches, and a special black colored panel between the tailpipes. The interior can be had in any color just as long as it is black and makes extensive use of Alacantra. Besides being used in the seat inserts it can also be found on the gear shift and hand brake levers as well as on the Sportdesign steering wheel.
The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS is expected to land in showrooms sometime this fall. Prices will start at $111,150 for a coupe model and $121,050 for the cabriolet variant, prices for both models will include an additional $950 dollar shipping charge. While that may appear to sound expensive, it is a considerable bargain in the supercar class and the Carrera 4 GTS should help further Porsches appeal and help bring the GTS to a wider range of buyers.