The GTS fits in between the Carrera S and high-performance Turbo models.
The 992 generation of the Porsche 911 continues to expand. Last year, the extremely powerful Turbo S variants arrived, once again setting new benchmarks for sports coupes in the process, and the covers came off the new GT3 Touring recently.
Now, Porsche has introduced several new 911 GTS variants, spied almost a full year ago. Although not as powerful as the Turbo and Turbo S models, the GTS 911s are distanced from regular 911 Carreras by a boost in power, sportier exterior design elements with black detailing, and a GTS-tuned suspension system for even more involving driving dynamics. In total, there are five GTS derivatives to choose from.
Customers wanting a rear-wheel-drive setup can opt for the regular 911 Carrera GTS in either coupe or cabriolet body styles. The 911 Carrera 4 GTS is the same but with an all-wheel-drive system, while the 911 Targa 4 GTS combines its unique style with AWD.
12 years after the first 911 GTS was introduced, the new one ups the ante with its more powerful six-cylinder boxer engine. It produces 473 horsepower (30 hp more than the Carrera S) and 420 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with either an eight-speed dual-clutch PDK gearbox or Porsche's seven-speed manual. As a result, the 0-60 mph time is just 3.1 seconds when the Carrera 4 GTS coupe is equipped with the PDK.
The new GTS borrows various bits from the 911 Turbo. These include the high-performance braking system as well as the suspension, which is then further tuned for GTS specification. The coupe and cabriolet get the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system as standard and a sport chassis lowered by 10 millimeters (almost 0.4 inches). The 911 Targa 4 GTS, on the other hand, uses the chassis and PASM system from the 911 Targa 4S.
A sports exhaust system is standard and Porsche promises "an even more emotive soundtrack", partially because there is less interior insulation than in some other 911 models. To further save up to 55 pounds, there is an optional Lightweight package.
This lightweight package adds lighter side/rear window glass, a lighter battery, and full bucket seats fashioned from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). This package further removes the tiny rear seats.
The 911 GTS is set apart from other 911s by its black silk gloss exterior accents for elements like the spoiler lip and the wheels, which measure 20 inches in front and 21 inches at the back. The SportDesign package is standard and includes unique trim for the side, front, and rear sills, along with headlight surrounds that are darkened.
Heading inside, the GTS boasts black Race-Tex material covering the standard Sport Seats Plus with electric adjustments. There is a standard GT Sport steering wheel and the manual's gear lever is shorter by almost 0.4 inches which Porsche says makes faster shifting possible. The Sport Chrono package and the Porsche Track Precision app are also included. Bright decorative inserts can be equipped and Porsche's latest infotainment system makes connectivity easier than before.
The GTS range begins with the RWD coupe at $136,700, increasing to $149,500 for the RWD Cabriolet. With AWD, these prices increase to $144,000 and $156,800 respectively. The Targa 4 GTS costs $156,800, the same as the AWD Cabriolet. Initial deliveries will begin early next year.