Porsche 991 GTS breaks cover in issue 120

Until now, the GTS moniker has been a bit of a thorn in the side of the 991. From launch, the forever-cooking Carrera and Carrera S range was being compared with the brilliance that was the 997 Carrera GTS.

Even at Total 911, we posed the question: ‘why buy a new 991 when you could get a 997 Carrera GTS for one-third less cash?’

The Cayman GTS compounded it. Reports say this car is absolutely sensational, one of the greatest modern Porsches you can buy – and it costs not far shy of £30,000 less than even the most basic 991.

Porsche 991 Carrera GTS group

We’re all committed to the 911 here, of course, but this Cayman wasn’t such an easy car to dismiss for some, and may have created a few awkward questions in OPC dealers.

But enough is enough: the GTS lineage is already a proven hit in making the 911 even greater, and that axiom rings ever true after we broke the news online that a 991 Carrera GTS is on its way to showrooms as of November.

Even better, the GTS and GTS4 will slot into the 991 line-up between the GT3 and the Carrera S – and this time not as runout specials like the 997, but as core parts of the 911 model range.

Porsche 991 Carrera GTS driving

Headline news, of course, is Zuffenhausen’s decision to offer a manual gearbox as standard specification. After the 991 Turbo, Turbo S and GT3 were all released last year with PDK-only transmission (much to the disbelief of purists).

The seven-speed manual here will no doubt add extra appeal to those with a traditionalist disposition. Other big news comes from the 991 Carrera GTS’s power, which is supplied by a 3.8-litre DFI engine with Powerkit as standard.

To read our full insight into the new Porsche 991 Carrera GTS ahead of the its official reveal at this week’s LA Auto Show, pick up Total 911 issue 120 in store now. Alternatively, order your copy online or download it and save up to 30%.

Porsche 991 Carrera 4 GTS

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