16/05/2011 Porsche Carrera 4 GTS now available as Coupé and Cabriolet
Both the 911 Carrera GTS Coupé and Cabriolet now have a four-wheel-drive ‘twin’. The new models will be powered by the 3.8-litre, 402bhp GTS engine, combined with all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM).
When that heady power is coupled with torque of 320Nm kicking in from just 1500rpm, and rising to 420Nm when the 4200rpm max-torque band is broached, the Carrera 4 GTS Coupé can sprint to 62mph in 4.6 seconds, with the Cabriolet a whisker behind it – at 4.8 seconds. If that’s a little tardy for you, it’s possible to shave a further 0.2 seconds off these times by opting for the PDK seven-speed transmission in place of the standard six-speed manual.
As we’ve come to expect from new derivatives of the 911, fuel economy is outstandingly good for the performance, with the new models consuming no more than the equivalent Carrera 4S (25.7mpg for the Coupé and 25.2mpg for the Cabriolet) on the NECD, or New European Driving Cycle.
Standard equipment is another highpoint, according to Porsche, being “even more comprehensive” than the Carrera 4S models. And aural pleasure is a given, thanks to the standard-fit sports exhaust.
Visual identifiers for the ‘4’ GTS models include the type name on doors and rear lid, plus an additional reflective stripe between the tail-lights. Meanwhile, like other GTS models, they run on 19in RS Spyder wheels in black with central locking and gloss-lathed rim flanges, fitted with 305/30 ZR 19 tyres at the rear. There is also a Sport-Design front apron with black painted spoiler lip and special side skirts, again in black.
On sale in the UK from July 2011, the Coupé is priced from £83,145, and the Cabriolet from £90,024.