2022 Porsche 911 GTS debuts with 473 hp and a manual gearbox
And less weight
The extensive Porsche 911 line-up did cause some confusion in the past but breaking down the current range is so much easier [please activate your sarcasm detector]. There's the rear-wheel-drive Carrera model and the four-wheel-drive Carrera 4. And the Carrera S and Carrera 4S. And the convertible. And the Targa, which is kinda like a convertible except it has a full width roll bar behind the seats. And then there's the range-topping Turbo. And the slightly less expensive and less powerful GT3. And now there's the new GTS.
All jokes aside, the 911 owes much of its success to the way Porsche markets it. We're talking about a car that covers all the basis in at least two or three different segments of the markets, ranging from the £93,000, 380-hp Carrera model to the extremely fast (and pricey) Turbo S Model. Speaking of which, the all-new 992 GTS will be slotted just below the 641-hp Turbo - the most powerful 911 at the moment - and the 502-hp GT3.
It is powered by a 3.0-litre flat-six, delivering 473 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, and it is available as a 2-door sports coupe, a 2-door convertible or a targa.
With all three options, you can either opt for a 7-speed manual or an 8-speed PDK (dual-clutch) transmission and, should you go for the automatic, the GTS will accelerate from standstill to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, which makes it the fastest-accelerating 992 after the Turbo/Turbo S.
The chassis has been lowered by 10 mm and the GTS is equipped with Porsche's clever suspension system (PASM) and a new sport exhaust for "an even more emotive soundtrack". In addition to that, you can also save up 24 kg with the 'Lightweight Package', which adds lighter side and rear window glass, a lighter battery, lighter seats made from CFRP (carbon fibre-reinforced plastic) and it also removes the rear seats. And yes, that means Porsche is essentially charging you more money to remove stuff from your car. Outstanding.
As standard, the GTS looks sportier and more aggressive the Carrera, thanks to the black gloss spoiler lip and the black wheels - 20'' at the front and 21'' at the rear. The cabin looks broadly the same as it does in the Carrera models except for two things: the gear lever is 0.4 inches shorter and the seats are upholstered in Race-Tex fabric, instead of leather or Alcantara.
Deliveries will begin in Q1 2022, with prices starting from around $136,000 in the US and £100,000 in the UK.