911 Carrera and Targa GTS v3.0
'Typically GTS' Porsches get more power and tasteful standard equipment
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
By Damon Lowney
Photos courtesy Porsche
The 911 Carrera GTS will be offered in version 3.0, confirmed by Porsche in an announcement over the weekend. It’ll be “Typically GTS,” according to Porsche, which means it’ll have a bit more horsepower, a lot of black accents, and a high level of standard equipment for the price.
First launched in 2010 as a 2011 model, the 997 GTS gave way to the 991.1 version, and now the newest, 991.2-based GTS slides in between the Carrera S and 911 GT3. Try and option up a Carrera S to GTS levels of standard equipment and you’ll end up paying considerably more — without the wider Carrera 4/4S body in which the GTS is based. All GTS variants feature PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management), but coupes all receive Sport PASM standard with 10-millimeter lower ride height.
Above: 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
So how much more power are we talking here? All five GTS models — Carrera GTS coupe and Cabriolet, Carrera 4 GTS coupe and Cabriolet, and Targa 4 GTS — have a tweaked twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat six good for 450 horsepower. That’s 30 more than the Carrera S, and 20 more than the previous GTS. Torque is up to 405 pound-feet, 37 more than the Carrera S.
Porsche says the Carrera GTS coupes (both rear- and all-wheel-drive) are 0.2 seconds faster from 0–60 miles per hour than the Carrera. The Carrera 4 GTS with the PDK automatic transmission will do the sprint in 3.4 seconds, according to Porsche. Cabriolet and Targa GTS models are 0.3 seconds quicker to 60 mph compared to their S counterparts. The fastest of the bunch, the rear-wheel-drive GTS coupe with the standard 7-speed manual transmission, is capable of 193 mph.
Above: 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet. Note the black trim strip between the taillights, new and unique to rear-wheel-drive Carrera GTSs.
And what would a GTS 911 be without the now-typical black accents? To that end, Porsche endowed it with a new Sport Design front fascia with a black-painted spoiler lip; tinted taillights; grille slats in satin black; high-gloss-black tailpipes; 20-inch satin black center-lock wheels; and black GTS door logos. Rear-wheel-drive GTSs receive a new, black trim strip between the taillights, while all-wheel-drive models continue to be outfitted with a red-reflector trim strip in the same place. The Targa 4 GTS’ roll bar is now tinted black — a first for any Porsche Targa.
While there’s a bit of variance in trim and equipment between GTS models, Porsche makes figuring out the price easy: Add $15,600 to any S model and you’ll have the MSRP for the corresponding GTS (not including the destination fee). Look at the chart below for pricing. Porsche 911 GTS models will be in dealership showrooms starting in April 2017.
911 Carrera GTS $119,000
911 Carrera 4 GTS $125,900
911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet $131,300
911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet $138,200
911 Targa 4 GTS $138,200
Oh, and the Porsche Track Precision App, available on the Cayman GT4, 911 GT3, and 911 GT3 RS, is standard on the 911 GTS.