Porsche 911 GTS Lineup
The Porsche 911 GTS has been called the best value for a 911. It sits between the 911 Carrera S and the GT3 in the lineup and offers plenty of options as standard that would cause a Carrera S to cost more than the GTS. Porsche has expanded the 991.2 model lineup of the 911 to include a new GTS model.
The 911 GTS is available as a Carrera GTS (rear-wheel drive) and Carrera 4 GTS (all-wheel drive). It is available in coupe, cabriolet and targa forms.
The most important change over the previous GTS is that it now uses the same 3.0-liter flat-six as is used in the Carrera and Carrera S. Thanks to the use of newly developed twin-turbochargers Porsche is able to tune the power plant to offer 450 horsepower which is 30 more horses than the Carrera S and 20 more than the outgoing GTS.
The power increase helps the Carrera GTS models manage a 0-62 mph time of just 3.6 seconds when you opt for the PDK transmission which works with the standard Sports Chrono Package. With a top speed of up to 193 mph in the coupe (and all models can hit at least 186 mph) it is definitely fast.
To help denote a GTS model on the road items such as the headlights and tail lights have been darkened. From the side GTS markings are visible as is the Carrera GTS badge on the back. The 20 inch wheel package offers blacked out center locking rims. Rear-wheel drive models get a black strip between the tail lights with the all-wheel drive models getting a light strip instead. To help give the GTS a more purposeful look the front spoiler is lower and it gets an increased rear spoiler extension over the standard Carrera. The front end aerodynamics have also been reworked. To finish off the GTS package you find the mid-mounted blackened rear sports exhaust pipes.
The interior of the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS will look familiar to anyone that has driven a 991 generation 911. Inside is plenty of high quality leather and Alcantara touches with accent stitching.
The 911 Carrera GTS sounds great, but it should also give the tuning market an idea of what could fairly easily be accomplished in the base 911 Carrera. Thanks to the use of newly developed twin-turbochargers and the same 3.0-liter engine, the aftermarket should safely be able to squeeze 450 horsepower out of the normal Carrera with a different tune and upgraded turbochargers.
Just how much will a new GTS set you back? The rear-wheel drive 911 Carrera GTS starts at $119,000 and the all-wheel drive coupe starts at $125,900. If you want an opened air vehicle it starts at $131,300 for the rear-wheel drive GTS Cabriolet. The Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet and Targa 4 GTS start at $138,200.