It seems Porsche can't have enough versions of its iconic 911, and now it is adding all-wheel drive to the GTS model it introduced last year. The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS will have the same styling and performance upgrades as the rear-wheel drive GTS, but it will add improved traction courtesy of Porsche's all-wheel drive system. Porsche's new 911 Carrera 4 GTS will go on sale this fall raising the total number of 911 options now to 23 different coupes and convertibles.
As was the case with the 2011 Carrera GTS, the highlight of the 2012 Carrera 4 GTS will be the more powerful engine. This model uses the same 3.8-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine as the Carrera S, but the 408 horsepower is an improvement of 23 hp over this model and just 27 hp shy of the GT3; the engine's torque rating remains the same at 310 lb-ft of torque.
Engine power is sent to all four wheels through the electronically-controlled Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel-drive system. All models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission and Porsche's seven-speed PDK gearbox as a $4,320 option. With the latter transmission and the optional Sport Chrono Package Plus, the new Carrera GTS can run from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 4.0 seconds flat with a top speed of 187 mph.
Visually, the Carrera 4 GTS will look the same as the rear-wheel drive GTS with its wider rear track leading to the wide-body look from the back. Aside from the obvious badges on the rocker panels and rear decklid, the only distinguishing feature between the Carrera 4 GTS and the Carrera GTS is the red stripe between the taillights. Everything else is carried over including the blacked-out 19-inch RS Spyder center-locking wheels that expose the bright red or yellow painted brake calipers, but the car also gets black accents on the front spoiler, rocker panels and the area in between the rear exhaust outlets. Like other 911 models, all Carrera GTS models will feature a unique front spoiler that is easy to tell apart from other 911 models by the two painted vertical slats in the center air intake. The unique styling of this new 911 model is finished off with 'Carrera GTS'? logos on the side doors and rear lid in either black or silver depending on the exterior color as well as being proudly displayed in the engine compartment on a brushed aluminum plate mounted to the air intake cover.
The interior of the Carrera 4 GTS will feature a monochromatic, blacked-out look with Alcantara used on the steering wheel, shift lever, parking brake lever, door panel and center portion of the seats. Porsche also added sport seats with improved side bolstering.
The Coupe version of the 2012 911 Carrera 4 GTS will start at $110,200, while the Cabriolet model will start at $120,100 - both increases of more than $7,000.