Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
Past Porsche 911 Carrera GTS models have been considered some of the best 911s of their generation. The GTS models are designed to bridge the gap between the 911 Carrera S and the GT3. That means the GTS is possibly the best road going 911 that one can currently buy.
Porsche has just announced the new 991 generation GTS and has given details about the four new models. It will be available in Coupe and Cabriolet versions as well as rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. After Porsche did some tuning the new rear engined sports cars promise to be very good performers.
At first glance the new 911 Carrera GTS looks just like the Carrera S, but take a closer look and you start to see the differences. The lines are classic 911 with the raised fenders, round headlights and the sloped rear end.
However, park the GTS next to the Carrera S and you’ll notice differences such as the darkened headlights and 20 inch wheels. The wheels are center locking and feature an exclusive gloss black paint. The 911 Carrera GTS models have flared rear wheel arches and a wider track than the S model.
The interior is familiar to anybody that has been in a modern Porsche sports car. It has good quality materials and with the GTS you also get plenty of leather and touches of Alcantara standard. This gives it a very special feel when behind the wheel.
At the heart of the 991 GTS is a flat-six engine the outputs 430 horsepower (30 horsepower more than the Carrera S). In the GTS the all important Sport Chrono Package comes standard as does Porsche Active Stability Management (PASM) which can lower the ride height as much as 10 mm.
When you put all of this together with the optional PDK transmission the rear engined sports car can go from 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds (4.0 seconds for the Cabriolet). If you go all out it can keep going to a top speed of 190 mph (187 mph for the Cabriolet).
The Carrera GTS comes standard with the Sports Exhaust System which helps the engine breath a bit better. It also produces an incredible sound that makes driving even more pleasurable.
If you go for the 911 Carrera GTS you get a very good rear-wheel drive vehicle. However, if you want to help keep traction in slick conditions then the 911 Carrera 4 GTS with its all-wheel drive system is the way to go.
The standard Porsche 911 Carrera GTS starts at $114,200 and that price goes up to $126,100 for the Cabriolet. For the all-wheel drive models the 911 Carrera 4 GTS starts at $120,900 and the Cabriolet starts at $132,800.
The 911 Carrera GTS models are possible the last remaining driver’s 911s. After all the GTS is the most powerful rear-engined sports car from Porsche that is available with a traditional manual transmission. If you are going to drive on a track, and can afford it, go for a GT3, but as a road car the 911 GTS may be the best road going 911 yet.