One of Porsche’s big debuts at the LA Auto Show was the newest iteration of the 911 Carrera GTS. For those unfamiliar, the GTS model falls somewhere between the Carrera S and the GT3. With 408HP from its naturally aspirated flat 6 boxer engine its up 23HP on the Carrera S and only 27HP behind the GT3. Basically, if you’re trying to avoid vanilla syndrome but you don’t have the stones to go for an all out street legal race car then the GTS is the Porsche for you.
It will do 0-60 in about 4.5 seconds, push a 190mph top speed, and still manage about 26mpg. With figures like that GTS wont only give you cake, it will spoon feed it to you. If you’re feeling extra flashy, the GTS is available as a Cabrio as well. Looks to me like the GTS is Porsches way of spoiling their loyalists and they’re doing a damn good job of it!
With a power output of 408 hp, outstanding vehicle dynamics and emphatically sporty equipment, the new 911 Carrera GTS ascends to the pinnacle of the Carrera model series. 23 hp more than the 911 Carrera S enable the new GTS – available as Coupé and Cabriolet – with 3.8-litre engine to close the gap up to the 911 GT3 with 435 hp.
This additional sportiness goes hand in hand with the economic advantage: thanks to Porsche Intelligent Performance, the new top sports car consumes no more fuel than the Carrera S in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), and is also priced very attractively due to its extensive standard equipment. Key data:
911 Carrera GTS Coupé:
3.8-litre flat engine with 408 hp (300 kW); rear-wheel drive, six-speed manual transmission, optional seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK); acceleration from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds, with PDK in 4.4 seconds, with Sport Chrono Package Plus in 4.2 seconds; top speed 306 km/h (190 mph), with PDK 304 km/h (189 mph); consumption (NEDC) 10.6 litres/100 km (26.65 mpg imp.), with PDK 10.2 litres/100 km (27.69 mpg imp.).
911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet:
3.8-litre flat engine with 408 hp (300 kW); rear-wheel drive, six-speed manual transmission, optional seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK); acceleration from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, with PDK in 4.6 seconds, with Sport Chrono Package Plus in 4.4 seconds; top speed 306 km/h (190 mph), with PDK 304 km/h (189 mph); consumption (NEDC) 10.8 litres/100 km (26.16 mpg imp.), with PDK 10.3 litres/100 km (27.43 mpg imp.).
In the 911 Carrera GTS, the combination of the 44 millimetre wider Carrera 4 body of the AWD models including wider track with a classic rear-wheel drive is unique within the Carrera family. The GTS is also optically and technically distinguished from the other Carrera models via a range of other details. For instance, the GTS runs on 19-inch RS Spyder centre-mount wheels, painted in black, with high-gloss finish rim flanges and 305/30 ZR 19 tyres on the rear axle. Further optical features include the SportDesign front apron with spoiler edge, painted in black, special black sideskirts and the Carrera GTS logotypes – in black or silver depending on body colour – on the doors and rear lid. The area between the tailpipes in the rear is also finished in black. The driver and passenger sit on sports seats, whose centre sections are covered with black Alcantara in combination with the standard interior colour “black Alcantara”. In the sporty interior, which is dominated by the colour black, this high-quality material is also used wherever the driver and passenger come into direct contact with the vehicle, like on the rim of the new three-spoke SportDesign steering wheel and on the gear and handbrake levers, for example.
One further GTS-specific detail is the standard omission of rear seats in the Coupé, as a result of which the 911 Carrera GTS weighs five kilograms less than the 911 Carrera S despite its wide body and wide rear wheels. However, the rear seats can also be ordered as an option at no extra cost. An optional 90-litre fuel tank can also be ordered free of charge for both the Coupé and the Cabriolet – as in the case of the GT3 models.