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2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you're in the market for a new 911, but don't want the same Carrera S as your neighbor and the GT3 is just a wee bit too hardcore for your tastes, we don't understand you. Thankfully, Porsche does and the answer to your prayers is coming to Paris. Meet the 2011 Porsche Carrera 911 GTS, the new middle-child of the ass-engined family.

If the body work looks familiar, that's because it's cribbed from the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 – a trick Porsche has pulled off several times in the past. Nestled between that 44mm wider track is an upgraded 3.8-liter flat-six putting out 408 horsepower (23 more than the standard S, 27 less than the GT3) and 310 pound-feet of torque, now peaking at 4,200 rpm – 200 rpm earlier than in the S.

Power is sent exclusively to the rear wheels (and as it should be), with a manual six-speed transmission coming standard and a seven-speed PDK as an option. Select the Sport Chrono package along with the dual-clutch 'box, and Porsche claims you'll be cracking off four-second 0-60 runs all day long.

Aside from the widened haunches, the GTS is set apart by its 19-inch center-hub RS Spyder wheels, SportDesign front and rear fascias, black Alcantara trim and assorted body and interior bits.

After the GTS debuts in Paris, sales of both the coupe and cabriolet versions will begin early next year, with a starting price of $103,100 and $112,900, respectively. Full details in the press blast after the break.

UPDATE: More high-res images in the gallery below and a video added after the jump.

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Porsche Adds Expressive and Performance-Oriented 911 GTS Model

New Carrera builds on time-honored GTS name, provides increased performance and efficiency

ATLANTA – September 15, 2010 – With 408 horsepower (hp), outstanding vehicle dynamics and additional standard equipment, the new 2011 911 Carrera GTS ascends to the pinnacle of the Carrera model lineup. With 23 hp more than the 911 Carrera S, the new GTS – available as Coupe and Cabriolet – narrows the gap between the Carrera S and the 435 hp 911 GT3. The additional sportiness goes hand in hand with an economic advantage: thanks to Porsche Intelligent Performance, as the new sports car consumes no more fuel than the 911 Carrera S. It also provides comprehensive list of additional standard equipment. The 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS will celebrate its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in early October.

Athletic, Muscular Design Statement

Unique within the Carrera family, the 911 Carrera GTS combines the 44 millimeter wider Carrera 4 body of the AWD models, including a wider rear track and wheels, with rear-wheel drive. There are many more details which distinguish the appearance and technology of a GTS from other Carrera models, for instance, the GTS runs on 19-inch center-mount RS Spyder wheels, painted black, with high-gloss rim flanges and 305/30 R 19 tires on the rear axle.

Other visual features include the SportDesign front apron with black spoiler edge, special sideskirts, also in black, and the Carrera GTS logotype on doors and rear lid, in black or silver depending on the body color. The area between the two tailpipes in the rear is also black. In combination with the standard interior color "black Alcantara", the center sections of the driver and passenger sport seats are covered with black Alcantara and the high-quality Alcantara is also used wherever driver and passenger come in direct contact with the interior, like on the rim of the new three-spoke SportDesign steering wheel and on the gear and handbrake levers.

More Power. Quicker Acceleration. Same Fuel Economy.

Detailed attention was paid to the intake and exhaust functions in the 3.8-liter flat-six engine that now delivers 408 hp: A special resonance intake manifold featuring six vacuum-controlled tuning flaps switch between power and torque-optimized geometry compared to the Carrera S power unit with only one tuning flap. This allows for increased torque in the mid-rev range. Maximum torque of 310 lb. ft. (420 Nm) is unchanged, but is available at 4,200 rpm; 200 rpm earlier when compared with the Carrera S. Additionally, a sport exhaust system with two dual-tipped tailpipes with their outer shells painted black with polished inner tubes comes standard.

The Carrera GTS comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available. In comparison with the Carrera S, top track speed for manual transmission Coupe rises by two mph to 190 (306 km/h). Acceleration from zero to 60 is 4.0 seconds for the GTS Coupe with PDK and Sport Chrono Package Plus. And the new Carrera GTS will offer fuel economy of up to 19 mpg city / 27 mpg highway.

In the U.S., the 911 Carrera GTS Coupe and Cabriolet will be available beginning in early 2011 and MSRP will be $103,100 and $112,900 respectively.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      umm I like porches models before these.. and they look the same.. so I like these too

      The blue one looks much better... I dont like the rims on the white one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love it! Well done Porsche!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now I know why they don't restyle the cars. Because their stylists turn out wheels like that.

      It looks like a $100 rim from Entai, BB5, Sparko or some other cheap knock off...

      Geez Porsche. Nice car but that's just lazy...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like the black/polished lip combo, but it's certainly not for everybody, so I think it should be reserved for the aftermarket
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the wheels wouldn't be bad looking had they not put the polished lip on it. This polished lip/black spokes combination needs to stop.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would get Carrera S II wheels on ANY new porsche.
        (they are the ones that look like a hollow 5-star pentagram shape.)

        With a volcano gray paint job, including the center caps with full color Porsche crest, and polished edges, sort of like the 997 Turbo wheels, but without the triple-spoke look.

        Center lock wheels are very cool. Until something goes wrong, and you can't find a center-lock spare, or the thing gets cross-threaded, or something.

        Wheel bolts, or better yet a lug and lug nut arrangement would be easier to live with, even if it isn't as 'trick'.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The new redesigned 911 can't come soon enough. How many more variants will they squeeze out this look. They added a few stickers to the doors, and charged an extra 25,000 to the base Carrera. SMH, they will sell out anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the black rims and too subtle 'Carrera GTS' lettering make it look like a tuner Porsche. The different offset on the front and back rims just look weird - I understand why but it still looks weird
      • 4 Years Ago
      the 911 i've been waiting for. but i'm saving for the next generation 911.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My guess is that this is the next generation 911, just a little early (and at a slightly premium price). It's very similar in configuration and specs to the Sport Classic - I wonder how the people who shelled out $250,000 for that one feel today.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Larry in Miami: lol- Funny, but some people buy 911's for reasons other than their appearance.

        @Yobnaf: Unwise. With Porsche's promises to cut production and incentives, the fact that the 997 is f-ing brilliant, and increasing lack of pre-owned Porsches; You probably won't see much of a drop in re-sale values at all, unless we have another economic collapse that brings us back to the barter system.

        @weatherman; Kudos for the Spike picture, but you're way off. This is a last hurrah limited edition 911 to bring the 997 production to a close. It isn't showing us anything new, and it is just as AB described: A widebody Carrera S with rear-wheel drive, and the power upgrade.... Also, I agree that you have to be insane to purchase any sports car other than the GT3 if it is even remotely in the same price range.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Just IMHO actually weatherman I think this car is the exact opposite. I think it is the last of the 997.5 models. Porsche usually makes their final model of a line the ultimate version.

        The Sport Classic was a very limited edition so those buyers don't really care about this model.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm waiting for the next gen to come out so a used 997 can be had for $10-20K less than they can now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're in a tricky situation, 911's are like computers. Whatever you buy, whenever you buy it, it will be superceded in a week.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the car. Do not love -- at all -- that the Carrera GTS moniker has been used for a 911 variant.
        • 4 Years Ago

        That should be used on a successor to the 904, or a successor to the Carrera GT, both mid-engined street cars derived from Porsche's racing program.
      • 4 Years Ago
      First of all... that blue is GORGEOUS.

      Otherwise, I am not feeling it.

      I don't like the "toothy" grin of the GT3 center intake in the Carrera front fascia.

      The wide fenders are nice, but if I were getting a 997, I would be getting the AWD version, anyway.

      Carrera 4S + sport exhaust and Power upgrade package, PASM, and Sport Chrono, with alcantara interior package, and you have this car with AWD. And I would want the AWD.

      BTW, pulling up 1 click on the e-brake handle dis-engages the front drivetrain, without actually engaging the e-brake, so you can drive it like a Carrera S, if you want, at least that is what I hear.

      If I want a RWD Porsche, and I do... I would get a Cayman S outfitted like this, or hopefully like the Cayman RS or whatever they are going to call the equivalent to a full-roof version of the Boxster Spyder.

      Road mileage, in any weather, with a bit more interior room... otherwise known as Grand Touring... I'd go for the Carrera 4S all year long.
      Sport driving, track days, and general sports-car use on weekends, and not in bad weather... Cayman RS mid-engined 2-seater, and for GTS kind of money, I'd go for the 3.8 power-pack 408hp engine swapped in to that Cayman.

      I know folks like the 2WD Carreras, but I would go for a purer mid-engine chassis for a sports car role. For AWD year round driving, the rear-engine layout makes the driveline easier to package, and gives those back seats for impromptu passengers, or more likely a bit more interior cargo space.

      Ideally, I'd love BOTH. But I am in no way that kind of wealthy. Going by the old rule of "If you can't afford the price of two Porsches, then you can't really afford to maintain just one", I cannot afford 4 Porsches, just to support two of them. :D

      Not sure I could even afford to support either a well depreciated 996 Carrera 4S, or 986 Boxster S, at this point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you're building a C4S, and you start to add things on, be careful, because pretty soon all the options you are adding on brings you up to turbo money.

        Interesting about the e-brake hack. I didn't know that one. It reminds me of when Boxsters came out, you could do that to put the top up while driving.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the problem with the 911. They just keep adding and adding onto the models. If you bought a 911 S two months ago, you can already feel stupid since Porsche have magically conjured up a better version.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not really. I own an 06 C4S and I don't feel stupid at all. I only owe $30k on my car now and I'm not about to drop $50k for revised lights and 30 additional hp. I'm good until I can afford a next gen turbo... which will be in about 6 years lol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But BMW's not announcing a new model every day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For a final version of the 997, it's seems a weak attempt at a swan song. The Turbo S is a sweeter final version to aspire to, too bad no stick. Porsche should just drop the 'narrow' body and use the wider rear for all models. It really doesn't make any sense the GT3 doesn't use the wider rear fenders while the C4 does.

      Personally I am waiting to see the 2012.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks exactly the same.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, the pregnant roller skate of "the future."

        The gussied up VW Beetle, with all NEW TIRES!

        The frog after an eye job.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As it should Dave.

        Mine is already 5 yrs old (C2S) and doesn't look dated at all. In a world where cars are fashion and the constantly changing styles get old within a couple of years, classic styling is a refreshing thing. This is one of the reasons that the resale on ANY 911 is strong.

        Took a chance since it's the first year run of the 997 but trouble free so far --crossing fingers. I think I'm actually going to keep this car for a while...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kudos to porsche for sticking to proper 6spd trannies. Beautiful car btw, one day...
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