Porsche seems to be changing its usual scheme of slowly releasing new variants of its 911 throughout a generation’s lifespan, as it has been releasing new variants of the 991-generation 911 at an unusually fast pace. This is no more evident than with the release of the 2015 911 Carrera GTS just three model years after the 991 generation made its debut.
The new Carrera GTS carries on the tradition of the last-generation model, as it is essentially a hopped-up version of the 911 Carrera S that give buyers a midway model between the Carrera S and the GT3. The highlight of the 2015 911 Carrera GTS is the engine, which is tuned to deliver 430 horsepower — 30 horsepower more than the Carrera S — thanks to the addition of the Carrera S Powerkit and a sports exhaust system.
The GTS model is available across the Carrera range, including the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 models and the Cabriolet. Additionally, it is available with either a PDK or manual transmission.
The base Carrera GTS and the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 GTS with the manual transmission hit 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and top out at 190 mph, while the PDK transmission drops the sprint time to 3.8 seconds and limits top speed to 189 mph in the Carrera and 188 mph in the Carrera 4. The Cabriolet models, which are also available with rear or all-wheel drive, take 4.4 seconds to hit 60 mph with the manual transmission and four seconds with the PDK transmission. Porsche has yet to release top-speed specs for the Carrera GTS Cabriolet models.
Engine enhancements aren’t the only improvements the GTS models receive. They also include a standard PASM system that lowers their ride height by 10 mm (0.39 inch) when compared to the base 911 Carrera. On the outside, the 911 Carrera GTS models feature the wide body and wider rear track of the Carrera 4, 20-inch center-lock wheels coated in gloss-black paint, GTS badging and special trim, tinted Bi-Xenon headlights, black trimming around the GTS-exclusive air intake, and black chrome-plated exhaust tips.
The GTS models will hit dealers by the end of 2014 with the 911 Carrera GTS starting at $114,200 and the Carrera GTS Cabriolet staring at $126,100. Moving into the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 GTS adds $6,700 to the base MSRPs.