Porsche 911 991 GTS launched. A new model variant, the Carrera GTS, has been added to the 911 range, bringing the 991-series spread to 20 cars. Four versions are offered, all wide-bodied: the Carrera GTS, Carrera 4 GTS, Carrera GTS Cabriolet and Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet, and priced from £91,098 to £104,385, a premium of between £7325 and £7553 over the Carrera S.
What do you get for the extra money? As in the previous 997 range, the new GTS is an enhanced Carrera S, that car’s 3.8-litre engine boosted by 30bhp to 424bhp, although torque remains unchanged at 325lb ft. The 0-62mph sprint for the GTS is four seconds dead, making it three tenths quicker than the Carrera S, but in PDK double clutch gearbox form fuel consumption remains unchanged, at 32.5mpg on the combined cycle.
The suspension is lowered 10mm, and 20-inch wheels with a centre lock mechanism and painted in a special matte black finish are fitted. The car’s overall appearance is more aggressive than that of the Carrera, the nose featuring different trim detailing and smoked bi-Xenon headlamps, which are the Porsche Dynamic Lighting System (PDLS). The engine lid has black GTS trim strips, and the black exhaust tailpipes have chromed tips.
Inside, there are Alcantara and leather trimmed seats. The title “GTS” is a nod to the 904 Carrera GTS of the 1960s, and the new 911 GTS model joins Boxster, Cayman and Panamera GTS versions. The standard equipment list is long, including a sports exhaust, Sport Chrono Pack with dynamic engine mounts, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with rear limited slip differential, seven-inch colour touchscreen Porsche Communication Management with satellite navigation and a digital radio.