Porsche 911 Carrera GTS in development

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS prototype

The next model on the 911 rank is the Carrera GTS. That mashed up looking thing above is it, apparently. We rather liked the old one, so let’s hope Porsche gets it right again. We’ve no reason to doubt they won’t.

Designed to bridge the gap between the Carrera S and the GT3, this new GTS will take the 3.8 litre flat six from the S and give it a bit more power (expect around 315kW, up from 294kW), but not as much as the GT3 (which has 350kW).

The last model was rear-wheel drive only but there’s a suggestion this new model could be all-wheel drive—which we’re not so sure about—and that it could also get a manual transmission. Hmm, that doesn’t seem to follow Porsche’s recent trend either, but we’d like it if PDK got to remain on the option list of at least one upper-end 911.

It’s expected the GTS will be on sale sometime next year and will also bring with it a cosmetic facelift, some of which will carry over across the entire 911 range. Just the usual nip and tuck, new lights and body kit etc. If you can’t wait that long then you’ll be pleased to learn there’s a chance the facelifted 911 and GTS could appear on the show car circuit before 2014 is done and dusted.

One thing that is new is the appearance of centrally mounted exhaust tips. Yes, the GT3 has those, but not like the ones on this test mule, which are a bit more spread apart (see below). More pics, including a Cabrio prototype, can be seen by following the source link, as well.

[Source: World Car Fans | Thanks to John for the tip]

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS prototype