Porsche unveils new 911 GTS models
Approximately a year and a half after the market launch of the 992, the 911 range is welcoming five sporty GTS models to the family.
Twelve years ago, Porsche introduced the first GTS version of the 911. Now, a new generation of the popular sports car model is being launched – and its more powerful, more visually distinctive, and with better driving dynamics than ever.
Five new variants are available: the 911 Carrera GTS with rear-wheel drive as a Coupé and a Cabriolet; the 911 Carrera 4 GTS with all-wheel drive as a Coupé and a Cabriolet; and the 911 Targa 4 GTS with all-wheel drive.
Each features a six-cylinder boxer engine that delivers 480 PS (353 kW; 911 GTS Models (NEDC): Fuel consumption combined 10.7 – 9.7 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 243 – 221 g/km; 911 GTS Models (WLTP): Fuel consumption combined 11.4 – 10.4 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 259 – 236 g/km) – some 30 PS (22 kW) more than the current 911 Carrera S and the previous 911 GTS. Maximum torque is 570 Nm – an increase of 20 Nm over its predecessor – while three tenths have been shaved off the 0-62 mph sprint, which now takes just 3.3 seconds.
An eight-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) or a seven-speed manual with a particularly short throw, as well as GTS-specific suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), and the high-performance braking system from the 911 Turbo, ensure the superior transmission of longitudinal and lateral forces.
The new models’ suspension, derived from the 911 Turbo, meets exacting performance demands. Thanks to its standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), the dampers respond to dynamic changes at lightning speed. In the Coupé and Cabriolet, PASM is standard, combined with the 10-millimetre-lower sport chassis. The concept of helper springs at the rear stems from the Turbo models: the main springs are under tension in all driving conditions. Rebound remains the same.
The engineers have also adjusted stopping performance to match the increased performance of the GTS, which makes use of the high-performance braking system from the 911 Turbo. The 20-inch (front) and 21-inch (rear) black, centre-lock alloy wheels are from the 911 Turbo. The awesome-sounding standard sports exhaust system means even more hairs-up-on-the-back-of-your neck moments, thanks to its GTS-specific set-up and the omission of some interior insulation.
The Lightweight Design package – which saves up to 25 kilograms – will be available for the first time for the GTS from November 2021. This removes the rear seats and adds lighter carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) full bucket seats in the front, lightweight glass for the side and rear windows, and a lightweight battery. Other performance enhancements include rear-axle steering as standard in this equipment package and additional aerodynamic finishing touches.
The visual details
Understated and sporty, the new models feature black contrasting bodywork elements and darkened headlight areas, with an optional exterior package adding further details in high-gloss black.
The new variants effectively have the Sport Design package, with a distinctive trim for the front, rear and the side sills. While the rear lights are unique to the GTS models, 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 (PDLS Plus).
Black is also the dominant colour inside, where Race-Tex microfibre turns up the style a notch. The sporty details continue in the interior, too – functionally as well as visually. The gear lever of the optional seven-speed manual transmission has been shortened by 10 mm, which enables fast gear shifts with a flick of the wrist. 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.
With the GTS interior package, the decorative inserts on the dashboard and door trim are matt Carbon and some Carmine Red or Crayon details can be added. The seatbelts and embroidered GTS lettering on the headrests, rev counter and Sport Chrono clock come in the same contrasting colours.
The new-generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM) also features, bringing with it numerous new functions, as well as simplified operation.
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