The 911 Carrera GTS is a great car to look at but it’s not until you get out on to the open road that you really begin to understand what Porsche has done here. The GTS is an amazing car to be in. The GTS is one of the very best for driver experience and ticks all the boxes in the thrills department. It’s a mixture of the best features that other Porsche models have to offer. It’s got the forward thrust of a 911 Carrera S and the temperament of a GT.
The GTS is sports car for those that wouldn’t be satisfied with anything less than perfection.
There are a lot of refinements and upgrades here so this is what sets the GTS apart.
Exterior – The new 911 Carrera GTS is a pure unadulterated 911. Porsche has given it everything that typifies a sports car: a powerful front end, a broad rear and sharpened design elements. The sporty design of the front apron moulding is clear to see, yet pared down to the essentials. Excellent aerodynamics are thanks to the optimised front spoiler and a maximum supply of fresh air is thanks to the large air intakes. Typical of a GTS are the standard Bi-Xenon main headlights including the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) in black as well as the SportDesign exterior mirrors.
A clear acknowledgement to motorsport the 911 Carrera GTS has 20-inch 911 Turbo S wheels with central locking device as standard and painted in satin black. These large wheels are characterised by their excellent road holding and racetrack performance. To ensure greater dynamics, the rear is 44 mm wider than that of the 911 Carrera S. Low, wide, sleek. You see it straight away. And you feel it even faster in every curve driven. Contrast is created by the colour black. For example on the engine’s air intake grilles and accentuating strips between the taillights. The twin tailpipes in the standard sports exhaust system are also black.
Interior – All that matters. This especially applies in the interior. It provides you with quickly accessible information that you need during the drive. With materials that breathe motorsport and high-quality equipment that’s just perfect for long drives on the road or on the racetrack. A minimalist style with nothing left out.
The ‘Carrera GTS’ logo appears on the door sill guards. The sports ergonomics, classically arranged instruments and short distances from the rising centre console epitomise Porsche. What else matters? Leaving out anything that is expendable.
Alcantara stands for motorsport. This functional and durable material provides a good grip. In short, it has proven itself in racing sport. It’s used wherever there might be a lot of wear. On the steering wheel rim and gear lever selector. Also on the door pulls, door panel armrests and centre console main storage compartment lid. The roof lining in the Coupé models is also covered in Alcantara, as are the seat centres on the standard Sports seats Plus. The headrests are also embroidered with the ‘GTS’ logo.
The optional GTS interior package highlights sports performance which this model had. The interior is enhanced by sporting accents in Red. The ‘GTS’ logos are also embroidered on the headrests in a contrasting colour. Also – the various decorative stitching elements, the ‘PORSCHE’ logo on floor mats and the edges of the seat belts. The rev counter dial is also in a contrasting colour. Motorsport minimalism is epitomised by carbon. This especially lightweight material is used in the dashboard trim strips and the doors, as well as the centre console. The GTS interior package lends the new 911 Carrera GTS models even greater functional and visual originality.
Performance – The drive unit is an aspirated engine at the highest technical level. That’s how the 911 Carrera GTS combines the considerable sporting ability of a 911 Carrera S with a performance that you would otherwise only see on the racetrack. With 30bhp more power than the 911 Carrera S, the 3.8-litre boxer engine in the new GTS teases out not only another tenth when accelerating, but greater performance overall. The engine has direct fuel injection and VarioCam Plus which develops a full 430bph at 7,500 rpm, and achieves a maximum torque of 440 Nm of torque at 5,750 rpm. With the optional PDK system (Porsche Doppelkupplung), the GTS takes a mere 4.0 seconds to sprint from 0 to 62mph, with a top speed of 189mph.
Air intake system – The two-stage resonance intake manifold has six plus one switchable valves. It increases the intake in the engine by exploiting the fact that air oscillates as it passes through the intake tract, depending on the engine speed. Benefits of this include higher torque at low engine speeds and a more even torque curve. The intake manifold is made from lightweight plastic. The air filter uses a speed dependent switchable resonance volume to further improve the intake acoustics for a sound ranging from sonorous to biting.
Sport exhaust system – The standard sports exhaust system delivers a racing sport sound at the press of a button. You can see it in the black chrome twin tailpipes, and hear it in the even more powerful 911 sound that changes according to driving style. When driving quietly, the sound is earthy but becomes increasingly racier as the driving style gets more sporty and aggressive. A button in the centre console activates the sports exhaust system, the hairs on your arms and the smile on your face.
PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung) – A piece of Le Mans, a part of Porsche motorsport history: Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK). 7-speed PDK is available as an option for the 911 Carrera GTS models and in my opinion a must have. It facilitates extremely fast gear changes within milliseconds and with no interruption in the flow of power, while at the same time improving acceleration. Gears one to six are sporty while the seventh gear has a long ratio for better fuel consumption.
Driving experience – The GTS can be gentle when needed. On one of the days with the car we headed up the A1 into North Yorkshire to find some ideal roads to put it through its paces. Cruising on the motorway and main roads around Yorkshire the GTS is very comfortable and effortless to drive. The fuel consumption is surprisingly good. It’s when you find the right roads and engage the Sports Plus mode, that the racetrack engineering smacks you around the face and the fun begins. At the push of a button the GTS becomes a monster of a car that is unbelievably fun to drive.
I’ve got to thank the guys at the Yorkshire Gliding Club for letting us gate crash their airfield and take some stunning photos with the sun setting with far reaching views of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
I really love this car.
Power 430 bhp
Acceleration 0 – 62 mph in 4.0 secs
Top speed 189 mph
Fuel consumption 32.5 mpg (Combined)
Price from £ 93,915.00
Verdict: Is this driving perfection? I think so. I do really love this car. It looks the business and delivers big time on thrills and driving experience. The GTS is now my favourite car ever and I hope to own one soon. This car has been given a five star plus rating because it’s just that good!
Road Tested by: Adam McCartney
With thanks to: JCT600, Porsche Sheffield.