The Carrera GTS revived a famous badge on a Porsche that, unlike many specials, was great value for money.
Like the Sport Classic, the GTS combined the wider rear end of the Carrera 4 with a rear-wheel drive powertrain, plus the Powerkit which increased the 3.8-litre engine’s power to 408bhp.
In addition, there were black 19-inch RS Spyder wheels, SportDesign front apron, new sideskirts, unique badging and black-finished lower body sections.
Inside, the GTS boosted Sports seats finished in Alcantara, while the steering wheel, handbrake and gearlever are also trimmed in this material.
A six-speed manual gearbox was standard, although buyers could opt for PDK.
The Carrera 4 version added four-wheel drive into the mix, plus the trademark full-width rear reflector.
There was also a choice of coupe or Cabriolet body styles for the 997 Carrera GTS 4
Compression ratio: 12.5:1
Maximum power: 408bhp at 7300rpm
Maximum torque: 420Nm at 4200rpm
Brakes: Front: 350mm discs; rear: 350mm discs. PCCB, servo assisted with ABS
Suspension: Front: Lower wishbones and MacPherson struts with combined coil springs and dampers, plus anti-roll bar
Rear: Multilink with combined coil springs and dampers, plus anti-roll bar
Wheels & tyres: Front: 19×8.5J with 235/35ZR19 tyres. Rear: 19x11J with 305/30ZR19 tyres
0-62mph: 4.6 sec
Top speed: 190mph
Did you know?
The GTS badge appeared on the great 245bhp 924 Carrera GTS of 1981; a stunning machine based on the GTR Le Mans racecar.
The badge was last used on the ultimate 928; the 350bhp, wide-arched super-coupe made from 1992 to 1996.