Porsche 911 Carrera GTS 4 AWD

There used to be a time when there was just one or two variants of the Porsche 911 available. Life was much easier back then, because you just went into a showroom and said can I have a Porsche 911 please. Now though, you have to spend a month just studying the 911 range to understand the differences between the million editions of the car.

Some might say it’s a good thing because you have wider choices, but if you think about it, when you finally choose your version of the 911 maybe someday behind the red light another version pulls up beside and you start thinking oh God, have I bought the wrong car?! And that’s just about the worst feeling you can have.

Anyhow, we said all that to prepare your mind for yet another new 911. Please welcome the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS 4 AWD, the four-wheel-drive version of the GTS, which itself is a beefed up version of the 911 with a 408 hp flat-six engine.

911 Carrera 4 GTS 9 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS 4 AWD

Technical details of the 4GTS is the same as the GTS which we’ve already covered, but of course the 4 is a bit more expensive. Here’s the details of the car if you can’t remember them:

Porsche press release:

The new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS combines a 408 hp 3.8-litre flat six engine with intelligent all-wheel drive that delivers a further exhilarating dimension to the dynamics of the iconic rear-engined sports car. The 911 was first offered with four-wheel drive in 1989 and the drivetrain has been a popular option ever since. Now, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS broadens customer choice in 2011, building on the success of the two-wheel drive Carrera GTS that went on sale in December last year.

The 911 Carrera 4 GTS power unit has its origins in the 3.8-litre, six-cylinder from the Carrera S.

A comprehensive redesign of the intake duct has added 23 hp, taking the peak power output to 408 hp at 7,300 rpm. The improvement in the engine’s breathing not only increases peak power output but also its flexibility thanks to a more generous torque curve in the lower and middle engine speed range. For example, 320 Nm is available from as low as 1,500 rpm; overall, the six-cylinder engine delivers its peak torque of 420 Nm across a broad engine speed range from 4,200 – 5,600 rpm.

Fitted in combination with the uprated engine is a sports exhaust system which produces a distinctly sporty sound. Consequently, the new Carrera 4 GTS has an unmistakable acoustic signature, and this unique character is supplemented by exhaust tailpipes finished in a distinctive black surface design.

While the engine is identical to that used in the two-wheel drive Carrera GTS, the four-wheel drive version features Porsche Traction Management (PTM) to offer even more driving stability, traction and agile handling. The PTM achieves this by directing the optimal proportion of the engine torque to the front wheels via a multiple-plate clutch. Furthermore, the Carrera 4 GTS features a limited-slip rear differential as standard which contributes to the dynamic performance of the electronically-controlled all-wheel drive system, and indicates the driving focus of this new model.

The Carrera 4 GTS is fitted as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, and the Coupé model sprints from 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds, the Cabriolet in 4.8 seconds. If equipped with the optional Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) seven-speed double-clutch transmission, an additional 0.2 seconds can be trimmed respectively from these acceleration times.

While driving dynamics is the prime source of attraction with a Porsche, as is typical of the Stuttgart marque, running costs are also engineered to have broad appeal. By applying the principles of Porsche Intelligent Performance, the fuel economy of these new all-wheel 911 models is identical to that of the equivalent 385 hp 911 Carrera 4S models. For example, the Carrera 4 GTS Coupé returns 26.9 mpg Combined based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) with CO2 emissions of 247 g/km.

Visually, the new Carrera 4 GTS models differ in points of detail from earlier variants with rear-wheel drive. In addition to the designation on the doors and rear lid, the distinguishing characteristic of all models with all-wheel drive is the additional reflective stripe between the tail lights. As well as the characteristic all-wheel drive wide body style, increased rear track width is added, a specification that is unique to all GTS models.

In numerous other details, the GTS models differ both visually and technically from the other Carrera models. For example, they run on 19 inch RS Spyder alloy wheels in black with a central wheel bolt and gloss-finished rims; 305/30 ZR 19 tyres are fitted on the rear axle.

Additional visual features include the Sport-Design front apron with black painted spoiler lip and special side skirts, also in black. Inside, there are sports seats for driver and passenger. Typical of the GTS, the emphatically sporting black Alcantara trim on seat centre panels, steering wheel rim, gearshift and handbrake lever, door handles and door storage box lid and extension are offered as standard. Porsche Communication Management offering touch-screen controls for the audio system is a further highlight.

The 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupé and Cabriolet goes on sale in the UK in July 2011, priced from £83,145 for the Coupé and £90,024 as a Cabriolet.

Fitted to every 911 Carrera 4 GTS is a Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), a sophisticated vehicle security package approved to Thatcham Category 5 standard, and customers will also be able to explore the potential of their new car by participating in a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.

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