GTS badge returns to updated Porsche 911 – and it still spells fun
The GTS badge has always signified one of the best balanced, most fun-to-drive variants of the Porsche car it’s been applied to – and perhaps notably so in the context of the 911.
The German sports car marque used Detroit as the backdrop for the introduction of the latest 911 Carrera GTS, and there’s every indication that it’s hit the sweet spot again.
All three 911 derivatives – Coupé, Cabriolet and Targa – can now be ordered in GTS form, with the former two offering the choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The Targa GTS is only offered as an all-wheel drive model.
The still controversial, turbocharged 3,0-litre flat six gets a power boost, and now delivers 331 kW of maximum urge, up 22 kW from the Carrera S, and 15 kW more than the previous-generation GTS, which was still normally aspirated.
Porsche continues to offer all GTS models with the choice of a seven-speed manual gearbox, or a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, with the latter considered the preferred option.
Aesthetically, the stand-out features include the wider all-wheel drive chassis (even the rear-wheel drive models), together with a more aggressive front spoiler, black exhaust tailpipes, darkened tail lights and black detailing.
GTS-specific interior features include Alcantara-upholstered sport seats, as well as Alcantara trim for the steering wheel, centre console and armrests. The dash gains a black-anodised aluminium trim strip.
The Carrera GTS coupés get the Porsche Active Sports Management chassis, which lowers the car by 10 mm, as well as Porsche’s Sport Chrono package.
While the GTS line-up is almost extensive enough to be deemed a sub-brand, there’s no doubt that purists will consider the rear-wheel drive Carrera 2 GTS the pick of the bunch, with the manual gearbox getting the nod for ultimate driver involvement.
Taming 331 kW and 550 Nm via the rear wheels only remains an alluring prospect, even if modern electronic aids will always provide a reassuring safety net. The Carrera 2 GTS will also be the lightest member of the GTS clan, and at 312 km/h, it has the highest top speed.
However, the quickest GTS from standstill is the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 GTS PDK, which despatches the 0-100 km/h test in a mere 3,6 sec.
Global demand for the GTS is expected to exceed supply, so would-be buyers should get their orders in early.