Porsche is expanding the 911 product line with new GTS models. From March 2017, a total of five variants will join the range: the 911 Carrera GTS with rear-wheel drive, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS with all-wheel drive – both of the above available as a Coupé and Cabriolet – and the 911 Targa 4 GTS with all-wheel drive.
Newly-developed turbochargers for the 3.0-litre flat six-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine increase power to 450 hp (331 kW). The engine delivers 30 hp (22 kW) more than the 911 Carrera S and 20 hp (15 kW) more than the corresponding prior GTS model with a naturally aspirated engine. All variants are available with a manual seven-speed gearbox, or the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) double-clutch transmission.
More power for more performance
Every 911 is renowned for its scintillating power delivery, but with its 10% greater maximum torque the GTS offers even better acceleration and responsiveness. The 550 Nm of pull is available between 2,150 and 5,000 rpm. As with the Carrera S, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) lowered by 10 mm is standard on all GTS models. However, the GTS Coupé features PASM with sports suspension, which lowers the body by a further 10 mm. Each GTS also features the Sport Chrono Package incorporating dynamic engine mounts and steering wheel-mounted mode switch, plus a switchable, modified sports exhaust system.
The fastest sprinter in the family is the 911 Carrera 4 GTS: fitted with the optional PDK transmission, it races from zero to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds with Launch Control activated. All GTS models have a potential top speed in excess of 190 mph. The front-runner is the Coupé, with manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, with a capability of 193 mph.
Despite the increase in performance, and in line with the 911 ethos, the GTS models remain efficient. For example, the 911 Carrera GTS with PDK can return up to 34.0 mpg according to the NEDC. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 188 g/km.
Typical GTS: black styling motifs inside and out
The GTS models stand out within the 911 model line not only in terms of technology, but also in their visual distinction. Each derivative is based on the wider all-wheel-drive chassis, which measures 1,852 mm across the rear wheel arches on both the two and four-wheel drive 911 GTS models.
The new Sport Design front apron further emphasises the sporting stance on the road, and the nose is aerodynamically optimised with a low front spoiler. An increase to the rear spoiler extension height also reduces the aerodynamic lift forces both on the front and rear axle compared to the Carrera S models. From the rear, the GTS is unmistakeable: smoked lens tail lights, silk-gloss black air intake grille and central black-finished twin tailpipes of the sports exhaust system. A new black trim strip between the tail lights characterises the rear-wheel drive models. The illuminated light strip is reserved for the all-wheel drive models. Sport Design style exterior mirrors, 20-inch diameter alloy wheels with distinctive centre locking hubs painted in silk-gloss black, plus GTS logos on the doors add to the purposeful profile. The characteristic Targa roof bar is finished in black for the first time on the GTS, and adds to the unique style of this 911 Targa.
New Porsche Track Precision app as standard
GTS genes also shape the interior. The stopwatch of the Sport Chrono Package, featured as standard, is integrated as a central component of the fascia. Furthermore, the Porsche Track Precision app has been further enhanced especially to coincide with the launch of the GTS models. Its features include the capacity for automatic recording, detailed display and analysis of driving data on a smartphone. A further interior highlight is Alcantara seat trims with a new stitching pattern. The Sports seats Plus with GTS logos on the headrests can be adjusted in four ways electrically and are designed to provide increased lateral support and comfort. Other highlights include brushed, black anodised aluminium trim strips on the instrument cluster as well as further applications of Alcantara on the steering wheel rim, centre console and armrests.
The new 911 GTS is available to order now, and first deliveries will arrive in Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland during March. The recommended retail prices including VAT for the new 911 GTS model range is as follows:
911 Carrera GTS £94,316.00
911 Carrera 4 GTS £99,303.00
911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet £103,158.00
911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet £108,144.00
911 Targa 4 GTS £108,144.00