Porsche has added more power and dynamic performance to the 911 Carrera with the new GTS range. GTS stands for Grand Turismo Sport in Porsche-speak and the brawny new model sports the Carrera 4’s wide-hipped bodykit and 20-inch rims as standard for a more aggressive stance on the road. Consider it a narrowing of the gap that exists between the 911 Carrera S and the track-optimised 911 GT3.
The GTS range consists of four models: a Coupe or Cabriolet, and rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, and the technical ingredients that up the dynamic performance are a 22kW power hike to 316kW of normally aspirated thump, the Sport Chrono package and PASM active dampers (lowering ride height by 10mm) as standard.
How fast does it go? Well the power gain isn’t massive but with the excellent PDK gearbox Porsche claim the GTS accelerates from zero to 100kph in 4.0sec (the Cabriolet does the deed in 4.2sec), the top speed is in excess of 300kph, with the rear-wheel drive Coupe the fastest of the lot at 306kph.
Of course, the trick here is to offer additional features for a modestly raised asking price, but Porsche say the GTS still works out to be good value. Bi-xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and the sport exhaust system are included as standard, as is the Carrera 4 bodykit with wide-flared rear wheel arches, a wider track and centre-locking 20-inch rims, as mentioned. On the inside you’ll find Alcantara leather-trimmed sport seats and steering wheel.
The new 911 Carrera GTS and 911 Carrera 4 GTS models can be ordered right now:
911 Carrera GTS Coupe R1 484 000
911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet R1 609 000
911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe R1 587 000
911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet R1 727 000
Best of all, we’ll be driving the new range of 911 Carrera GTSs next month and we’re very excited because in recent times some of the very best, driver-focussed Porsches have worn the GTS badge. Until then you can enjoy this promo video: