To Porschephiles, the letters “GTS” denote a purer form of performance. Lighter in weight, more aggressively tuned, sporting unique exterior design details with blacked out trim, and having interiors with a unique red-shaded tachometer, plenty of black suede-like Alcantara surfaces and accents, plus red contrast stitching for the sport seats and trim, GTS models stand out for their performance and style.
Porsche recently made its Macan compact SUV available in GTS guise and returned the trim level to its redesigned Cayenne mid-size SUV, while no doubt the all new 718 Boxster roadster and 718 Cayman sport coupe will get GTS treatments of their own soon, just like their forebears, and the upcoming redesigned Panamera four-door coupe will do likewise after more basic models go on sale later this year.
Before that, however, new GTS versions of the recently redesigned 911 Coupe and Cabriolet body styles are arriving, both available with rear- or all-wheel drive (Carrera 4), while the Targa will strictly be made available in all-wheel drive 911 Targa 4 GTS trim.
Five variations on the GTS theme results in an expanded lineup of 911 models, all of which receive a more potent 3.0-litre flat-six cylinder engine featuring larger turbochargers capable of 450 horsepower, a 30-horsepower bump over the current 911 Carrera S and 20 horsepower more than the previous 911 GTS. Standard across the 911 GTS line is a seven-speed manual transmission, while the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual-clutch gearbox is optional.
Porsche’s horizontally opposed “boxer” has long been a torque-rich engine, but new 911 GTS models will benefit from a maximum of 405 lb-ft of torque available between 2,150 and 5,000 rpm, which is 37 lb-ft more than the current Carrera S, making the sportier trim more responsive and more tractable for day-to-day driving.
Additionally, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is standard with all GTS models, while GTS Coupes include the PASM Sport Suspension, which lowers the ride height by 10 millimetres further.
How about performance? When equipped with PDK the Carrera 4 GTS Coupe is good for a zero to 100-km/h sprint of just 3.6 seconds, while all models can exceed 300 km/h on the track, other than the manual transmission-equipped rear-drive 911 GTS Coupé that can reach 312 km/h.
While incredibly quick, Porsche has managed to keep fuel consumption reasonably low with the 911 Carrera GTS, for example, rated at just 8.9 l/100 km combined city/highway.
Aesthetically, the new 911 GTS models follow the same black trimmed exterior and Alcantara-enhanced interior theme as previous models. Specifically, each is based on the Carrera 4/4S wide-body, which spans 1,852 mm at its widest point, 44 mm more than the base 911, albeit 28 mm less than the 911 Turbo. GTS trims also get a new Sport Design front end featuring black-painted lip spoiler, while the rear design includes a raised rear spoiler designed to reduce lift on both the front and rear axles, new tinted LED taillights, and satin-black finished rear lid grille strips plus high-gloss black tailpipes, the latter part of a Sport Exhaust system. Additionally, the taillights of rear-wheel-drive variants are now visually connected via a new black trim strip, while all-wheel drive models replace this with the classic 911 light-strip. From profile, satin black-painted 20-inch centre lock alloys join Sport Design exterior mirrors, while black GTS logos get added to each door. As for Targa models, the unique Targa bar roof hoop gets a satin-black finish for the first time.
Standard interior details include leather and Alcantara trimmed Sport Seats Plus, with GTS logos on the headrests and new contrast stitching. The standard GT Sport steering wheel, gear lever and armrests feature Alcantara trim as well, while the usual brushed aluminum interior trim gets finish in anodized black.
The Sport Chrono Package comes standard with all 911 GTS models, along with its trademark dash-top stopwatch. Even more important for performance fans that frequent their local racetrack, Sport Chrono Package’s feature set gets a modified Porsche Track Precision App coincided to release with this new model, boasting automatic recording plus the detailed display and analysis of driving data for smartphones.
A choice of four paint finishes are included in the standard price, including Black, White, Racing Yellow, and Guards Red, while eight metallics and four special colours are also available, or Porsche will mix a custom colour to your sample from the factory. Interior colour combos are also varied and customizable.
The 911 Carrera GTS starts at $136,000 plus freight and dealer fees, while the 911 Carrera 4 GTS is available from $143,900, the 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet from $150,000, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet from $157,900, and the 911 Targa 4 GTS from the same $157,900.
Story credits: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press
Photo credits: Porsche
Copyright: Canadian Auto Press Inc.
Date Posted: May 10, 2017