Following the successful launch of the eighth generation, the iconic 911 is welcoming sporty GTS models to its range. Initially introduced twelve years ago, the powerful and visually distinctive generation with better driving dynamics could be the only 911 you’d want to know about.
The understated sporty looks of the new models feature black contrasting bodywork elements and darkened headlight areas. Elements painted in black silk gloss include the spoiler lip, the centre-lock alloy wheels, the engine cover louvres, and the GTS script on the doors and rear of the car. The exterior package, in which these and other details are offered in high-gloss black, can be chosen as an option. All 911 GTS models have the Sport Design package, with distinctive trim for the front, rear and the side sills. The headlight rims and daytime running light surrounds are darkened, and the car is fitted with standard LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus.
Black is also the dominant colour of the interior. A GT Sport steering wheel as well as the Sport Chrono package with mode switch, Porsche Track Precision app and a tyre temperature display are standard features. The standard Sport Seats Plus with electric four-way adjustment provide lateral support, comfort and convenience. The interior insulation has been reduced, which enhances the emotive driving acoustics.
Made available in five models – the 911 Carrera GTS with rear-wheel drive, as Coupé and Cabriolet, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS with all-wheel drive, as Coupé and Cabriolet and the 911 Targa 4 GTS with all-wheel drive, Porsche had made available for the first time an optional Lightweight Design package which saves up to 25 kilograms and further enhances driving dynamics.
The 3.0-litre flat-six turbo produces more power than the 992 Carrera S and more than the previous GTS. There’s 473bhp on offer, and 570Nm of torque available, both of which are slightly more than the outgoing version. Like before, it’s available with rear-wheel-drive or AWD, and with either an eight-sped PDK auto, or a seven-speed manual with a “particularly short lever throw”. Spec a Carrera 4 GTS with PDK, and this new car will do 0-62mph in just 3.3s. You really don’t need much more pace than that.