OFFICIAL: New Porsche 911 Carrera GTS revealed
Porsche has revealed the new 911 Carrera GTS, the evocatively named latest addition to the 991 generation of Zuffenhausen’s darling sports car. With a top speed of 190mph, the new Porsche 991 Carrera GTS becomes the fastest 911 Carrera ever built.
Following on from the much lauded Boxster and Cayman GTS models, the new Porsche 911 Carrera GTS is the successor to the similarly well-received 997 Carrera GTS however, unlike the last generation GTS, both rear and four-wheel drive versions of the latest ultimate Carrera will be released concurrently.
Powering the new Porsche 991 Carrera GTS will be the 3.8-litre DFI flat six, as used in the standard 911 Carrera S. However, power will be boosted to 430hp thanks to the standard fitment of Porsche’s Powerkit, bringing an additional 30hp and improved mid-range torque.
The increased performance is transferred to the road through either the slick-shifting PDK transmission or seven-speed manual gearbox, the latter confirming that this is one of the last great 911s for driving purists, while the Carrera 4 GTS benefitting from Porsche Torque Vectoring and a rear limited slip differential.
Further standard mechanical equipment includes Porsche Active Suspension Management, which lowers the car’s ride height by 10mm, while the inclusion of the Sport Chrono package brings about Porsche’s dynamic engine mounts to further improve grip and cornering precision.
Like the Cayman and Boxster GTSs, the Porsche 991 Carrera GTS will also benefit from a sports exhaust system as standard, bringing about improved aural presence, while PDLS light system ensures improved night-time vision.
The new Porsche 911 Carrera GTS utilises the wider Carrera 4 body shell for both variants, increasing the rear track width and providing greater visual presence thanks to the muscular rear arches.
Housed within these arches, the centre-lock wheels from the 991 Turbo S will come as standard however, unlike the polished rims from the forced induction 911, the 991 Carrera GTS’s 20-inch alloys will feature an exclusive matte black finish.
Alongside the new wheels, the 991 Carrera GTS features a number of aesthetic touches that set it apart from the rest of the current Porsche 911 Carrera range, the most evident of which is the revised front bumper, mimicking the aggressive design seen on the current GT3.
Elsewhere, the standard decklid air intake has been replaced with a black painted grill styled in a more classic manner, evoking the design utilised on the revered 1973 911 Carrera RS. The black finish is also extended to the trim strip between the rear lights on the rear-wheel drive version.
Completing the visual distinction are the smoked bi-xenon headlights, black chrome-plated exhaust tailpipes and subtle ‘GTS’ decals on the bottom of the doors.
Inside, Porsche’s now ubiquitous use of Alcantara creates a luxurious cockpit with sporting pretensions, as the steering wheel, gear lever, dashboard, door cards, and centre panels on the leather sports seats benefit from the synthetic suede alternative.
The Porsche 991 Carrera GTS Coupe will cost £91,098, with the Cabriolet version adding a further £8,504, while the new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS will start at £95,862 for the Coupe and £104,385 for the Cabriolet. A release date has yet to be set.
For an unrivalled first look at the new 991 GTS, including industry comment and analysis, be sure to pick up a copy of Total 911 issue 120, available in shops or to download from November 5.
You can watch the official video of the new Porsche 991 Carrera GTS now. Alternatively, check out the Total 911 team’s first thoughts or see how the 991 Carrera GTS stacks up against its 997 predecessor.