With news about the world's coolest new sports cars emerging from the Detroit Auto Show this week it's no surprise that Porsche is upping the ante on the already awe-inspiring 911. The legendary marque has released details on the new 911 models due out this spring, crowned by the competition-crushing 911 GTS Coupe with manual transmission that can now hit 193 mph.
There will now be five GTS models in all: the RWD 911 Carrera GTS, the AWD 911 Carrera 4 GTS available as a Coupe and Cabriolet, and the AWD 911 Targa 4 GTS. Their new 3.0-liter flat-six cylinder engines with larger turbochargers now bring home 450 hp. And in a pat on the back for Porsche purists all GTS variants are equipped as standard with a seven-speed manual transmission, with PDK available as an option.
Black trim marks the GTS models as more monstrous than the base Carreras. Prices range from $119,000 for the "entry level" 911 Carrera GTS all the way up to $138,200 for the 911 Targa 4 GTS, which for our money is the best all-around sports car on the market with its combination of open-topped motoring when you want it plus all-wheel drive and enough power to put down any punks who think they can beat you off the line.
We'll see you on the Autobahn....