11 quick facts about the new Porsche 911 GTS
Nobody can accuse Porsche of not exploiting an opportunity, the Gen2 Porsche 991 GTS arriving less than 18 months after the standard 911 Carrera range adopted the 9A2 turbocharged 3.0-litre flat six engine. The third iteration of the Porsche 911 GTS follows that of its illustrious predecessors, its role to bridge the void between the Carrera S and the GT department’s GT3 and GT3 RS models.
If the Porsche 997 GTS and 991.1 GTS’ reputation and popularity are any measure, the new car is certain to be not just a huge success, but a desirable, sought-after model, with the promise of sensational performance, sharper dynamic ability and a lengthy specification as standard. Here’s 11 facts about the new Porsche 911 GTS that caught our eye:
1) The most powerful Carrera yet
We’ll say that again, 450hp, that up 30hp on the 420hp Porsche 911 Gen1 GTS it replaces. Astonishingly, that’s just 6hp shy of what the Porsche 959 produced, or, if you want a more contemporary reference, it’s the same power as a 997 Gen2 GT3 RS. Damn. Don’t you just love progress?
2) More torque than a GT3 RS
That hp figure is backed with some substantial twist, the boosted output of the 9A2 engine seeing its torque output increase from 500Nm in a Carrera S, to 550Nm from 2,150rpm right through to 5,000rpm. By comparison a 991 GT3 RS or 911 R only manages 460Nm, and at far higher revs…
3) GTS immediately available across full Carrera lineup
The Porsche 911 GTS badge might feature on the rump and leading edges of the doors of Coupe, Cabriolet, Targa, PDK, manual rear- and four-wheel drive models, but Porsche insiders have always admitted that the only ‘true’ GTS is the purest; that being a manual, rear-wheel drive coupe. That’s certain to remain the case here.
4) Coupe gains PASM Sports suspension as standard
Underlining the Coupe’s true GTS status is the fact only it comes with the full PASM Sports Chassis, which lowers the car by a further 10mm over the already 10mm drop that PASM gives all other GTS models from the Carrera’s standard suspension.
5) Wider track, greater stability and cornering pace
As with previous generations of Porsche 911 GTS, the new GTS models feature the Carrera 4’s widebody, the rear bodywork spanning some 1,852mm across the rear. Agility sharpening rear-axle steering will remain an option on all, and one Total 911 recommends to enjoy the very best of what the new Porsche 911 GTS line can offer.
6) Smoked rear lenses
Black features heavily throughout the GTS’s design addenda once again, this time accompanied by rear lights that are smoked to complement the theme. The Targa’s rear glass is smoked, while the roll bar gets the murdered-out black treatment, too – a first on the 991 series Targa.
7) Revised turbochargers
Allowing for the Porsche 911 GTS’s increased output is a revised turbocharger set-up on the 3.0-litre flat-six engine. Spinning faster, the new turbochargers increase boost pressure to the benefit of not just maximum output, but responsiveness across the entire rev range. The standard, re-tuned, switchable Sports exhaust should mean it has voice to go with its greater urgency, too.
8) Quicker than an R, faster than a GT3 RS
The quickest accelerating Porsche 911 GTS is the Carrera 4 GTS Coupe with PDK, it reaching 62mph in a 911 R bettering 3.6 seconds. You’ll not match that outright sprinting ability in the ‘true’ GTS manual Coupe, but with rear-wheel drive it makes the most of its lesser mass, being the fastest, with a quoted top speed of 194mph.
9) New front apron, higher rear spoiler
The 991.2 GTS presents a new face to the world, the Sport Design front apron more than a visual tweak, it, allied to the greater reach of the rear spoiler when extended reducing lift on both the front and rear axles over the standard Carrera S models.
10) Improved agility and engagement
With the previous Porsche 911 GTS models the detail revisions to the suspension, drivetrain and aerodynamics have added up to a greater whole. We fully anticipate that’ll be the case with the new Porsche 991 GTS, with sharper reaction and richer detail from the steering, a tauter chassis mated with sophisticated ride quality, and improved speed and precision from the both the manual seven-speed and PDK paddle-shifted transmissions.
11) Optimised equipment
With its greater driver focus all Porsche 991.2 GTS’s come equipped with Sport Chrono Package, which includes dynamic engine mounts and the steering wheel-mounted Mode switch. The Track Precision app also gets an update with the arrival of the Porsche 911 GTS, with greater smartphone connectivity for improved analysis of driving data on tracks.