Punchy styling and an even punchier engine make the TechArt 911 GTS something special.
There are so many 2022 Porsche 911 variants that it's tough to keep them straight. The Carrera has turbochargers, but it's not a Turbo, the GT3 doesn't have turbos but it's above the Carrera GTS, and if Porsche creates a GT2 RS for the 992 generation, it will have turbos and sit above the GT3 RS. Makes sense, right? To simplify, the 911 Carrera lineup currently includes base, S, and GTS variants, and each offer rear- or all-wheel-drive. The GTS delivers 473 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque from a 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-fix engine. Above that, you get Turbo and Turbo S derivatives, while the GT3 and GT3 RS are almost standalone models, forgoing turbos and focusing on pure track enjoyment.
When we drove the Carrera GTS, we said it was quick enough to ignore the pricier GT3. Now, thanks to some help from well-known Porsche tuner TechArt, the GTS could make you think twice about getting a 911 Turbo.
TechArt's upgrade for the 911 Carrera GTS increases the power output by 79 hp and the torque by 74 lb-ft. In total, the car produces 552 hp and 494 lb-ft, accessible via the drive mode switch on the steering wheel in either Sport or Sport Plus modes. For reference, a stock 911 Turbo is rated at 572 hp and 553 lb-ft. TechArt says this power bump drops the 0-62 mph time by 0.3 seconds to just 3.1 seconds on the RWD Carrera GTS. A 911 Turbo, for reference, hits the same mark in 2.8 seconds. Thereafter, the Techart GTS will hit 199 mph.
It may not match the 911 Turbo, but it's pretty darn close. Keep in mind a 911 GTS starts at $142,600 and the Turbo costs a whopping $40,000 more. We've reached out to TechArt for pricing information, but so long as this kit costs less than 40 grand, it's an astonishing value.
The TechArt upgrades don't end in the engine bay either. Carbon is the order of the day here thanks to a fully aerodynamically optimized body kit made of the stuff. It comprises a front spoiler, air outlet grille, splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser, while the carbon fiber hood saves 5.5 lbs compared to the standard item. Buyers have a choice between a fixed rear spoiler or an active aero version.
The package includes TechArt Formula VII center-locking wheels measuring 20 inches in the front and 21 inches in the rear. Customers who prefer a five-bolt wheel can opt for the company's Daytona II or Formula V wheel designs. Vehicles without PASM or the front axle lift system can add an adjustable coilover suspension, which enables a firmer, lower ride. However, the tuner also offers its own Noselift System adding 40mm (1.57 inches) of additional clearance.
Inside, the seats, dashboard, headliner, floor mats, and door panels are finished in Alcantara while the FIA-spec six-point racing harnesses and roll cage transform the 911 GTS into a track-ready monster.