Snap Judgment: Does Porsche Need the 911 Carrera GTS?

Purists howled when Porsche built the Cayenne sport-utility vehicle. They screamed when the Panamera sedan was introduced. But, as each one rose to become Porsche’s top seller (successively), their lineups expanded accordingly. In an effort to court buyers vacillating between models within the 911 coupe and cabriolet lineup, Porsche will introduce the 911 Carrera GTS at the Paris Motor Show.

But is it what Porschephiles are asking for?

Like the GTS trim level for the Cayenne SUV, the 911 Carrera GTS coupe and cabriolet will occupy a spot in between a hot trim level and most hardcore trim package available. The performance gap in the 911 lineup, however, is much more discrete. The Carrera GTS will slide in between the Carrera S and the GT3 RS, each separated by roughly a 25-horsepower gap. Porsche will outfit the GTS with some of the look-faster equipment of the GT3 RS, but is it a good idea for Porsche to introduce a 911 variant with more show and just a little more go?

Today’s Snap Judgment:

Does Porsche need the 911 Carrera GTS?

Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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2011 Porsche 911

2011 Porsche 911

MSRP $77,800 Carrera Coupe


18 City / 25 Hwy

Horse Power:

345 @ 6500


288 @ 4400