Porsche Carrera GTS version of the old, naturally aspirated 991-type Porsche 911 is now updated and turbocharge. The GTS is available in all three 911 bodystyles: Coupe, Targa and Cabriolet.
More power and adaptive dampers as standard for the new Carrera GTS
In the tail there’s the same 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six introduced in the 991.2 Carrera S, but with a 30bhp power increase. It is now producing total to 444bhp. That’s 20bhp more than the old naturally aspirated version. Maximum torque of 406lb ft is spread between 2150rpm and 5500rpm. Electronically controlled ‘PASM’ (Porsche Active Suspension Management) shock absorbers, are fitted as standard in conjunction with a 10mm drop in ride height although those usually come as an option at extra cost.
Why is Carrera GTS better than an S?
Fans of the Porsche 911 will love this version. It has more power and it goes a little faster, but there are lots of desirable details and specification tweaks. Aficionados will spot the smoked rear lenses, the Turbo-style wide body is a change over vanilla 911s. In short, it’s Carrera S-plus 10%.
Sport Chrono Pack is standard, too. It’s a cool package with various dynamic upgrades. A nicer steering wheel, with a dial to select extra driving modes for the power steering, transmission (on PDK cars) and the dampers are among these upgrades. The ‘Sport Response mode’, is kind of boost button since it’s programming the quickest possible reaction from the powertrain for around 20sec. Dynamic engine mounts, which are actuated by electromagnets to reduce vibration during normal driving but stiffen up when the car is being driven more aggressively, are also part of the Chrono pack.
Carrera GTS will get noir-themed styling tweaks and wider body from all-wheel-drive 911 models
Smoked tail-lights, black tailpipes and 20in centre-lock alloys continue the now-traditional black styling theme for GTS models. Both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive GTS models are available but, all GTS variants get the wider-track body designed for the AWD 991.
Porsche really has hit its brief with the turbocharged Carrera GTS. It is very capable on the road and massively fast on track. For the money, and for drivers who really want just a little more 911, this is the car for you.
The manual 2wd Carrera GTS Coupe is the most affordable version, at £94,316. That’s almost £8500 more than a regular Carrera S. The Carrera 4 GTS Coupe, £100k, is the quickest off the mark, hitting 62mph in 3.6sec if specced with a PDK ’box. The new 991.2 GTS is available to order now, and deliveries started in March.