The Porsche 911 family is expecting a new member. In March 2017, five new variants will join the range: the rear-wheel drive 911 Carrera GTS; the 911 Carrera 4 GTS with all-wheel drive available in both Coupé and Cabriolet; and the 911 Targa 4 GTS with all-wheel drive.
Newly-developed turbochargers for the 3-litre flat six-cylinder boxer engine increase power to 450hp (331kW). The engine delivers 30hp (22kW) more than the 911 Carrera S and 20hp (15kW) more than the corresponding prior GTS model with a naturally aspirated engine. All variants are available with either a manual seven-speed gearbox, or the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) double-clutch transmission.
With its 10% greater maximum torque, the GTS offers even better acceleration and responsiveness. The 550Nm of pull is available between 2150 and 5000rpm. As with the Carrera S, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) lowered by 10mm is standard on all GTS models. However, the GTS Coupé features PASM with sports suspension, which lowers the body by a further 10mm. Each GTS also features the Sport Chrono Package incorporating dynamic engine mounts and steering wheel-mounted mode switch, plus a switchable, modified sports exhaust system.
Fitted with the optional PDK transmission, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS covers the zero-to-62mph sprint in 3.6 seconds with Launch Control activated. All GTS models have a potential top speed in excess of 190mph. The fastest of the batch is the Coupé, with manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, with a capability of 193mph. Despite the increase in performance, the 911 Carrera GTS with PDK can return up to 34.0mpg according to the NEDC. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 188g/km.
All the GTS models are based on the wider all-wheel-drive chassis, which measures 1852mm across the rear wheel arches. The nose is aerodynamically optimised with a low front spoiler. An increase to the rear spoiler extension height also reduces the aerodynamic lift forces both on the front and rear axle compared to the Carrera S models. Sport Design style exterior mirrors, 20-inch diameter alloy wheels with distinctive centre locking hubs painted in silk-gloss black, plus GTS logos on the doors add to the purposeful profile.
For those track-day orientated enthusiasts, the stopwatch of the Sport Chrono Package, featured as standard, is integrated as a central component of the fascia. Furthermore, the Porsche Track Precision app has been further enhanced to include the capacity for automatic recording, detailed display and analysis of driving data on a smartphone.
The new 911 GTS is available to order now, and first deliveries will arrive in Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland during March. The recommended retail prices including VAT for the new 911 GTS model range is as follows:
|911 Carrera GTS||£94,316.00|
|911 Carrera 4 GTS||£99,303.00|
|911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet||£103,158.00|
|911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet||£108,144.00|
|911 Targa 4 GTS||£108,144.00|
Edited by: Glen Smale
Images by: Porsche