Porsche’s 911 GTS promises driver-centric enjoyment in five flavors
Five new 911 variants will be joining Porsche’s rear-engine ranks very shortly, as the details have been revealed on the latest GTS models coming in 2022. Buyers can have their GTS cake in one of five variants: rear-drive Carrera GTS coupe or cabriolet; all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 GTS coupe or cabriolet; or all-wheel-drive Targa 4 GTS.
Each of these newest 911 GTS models packs 473 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged flat-six powerplant. That’s 30 ponies and 30 lb-ft more than the current 911 S, but there’s more than just an increase in engine output, as the GTS buyers have come to expect an even more track-focused driving experience with higher limits and profound chassis feedback.
All 911 GTS models come equipped with Porsche eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while a seven-speed manual is optional. The all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 GTS with the PDK offers the quickest 0-60 sprint, naturally, at 3.1 seconds. The seven-speed models benefit from a 10mm shorter shifter that reduces shift throw for smooth, consistent gear changes.
Driver-focused hardware and details on these new models include a GTS-specific Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) Sport suspension that drops the stance 10mm and uses center-lock wheels that have evolved from the 911 Turbo, which also lent its braking system to the GTS. Unique to the GTS is its exhaust system, which is specifically tuned and takes this trim level’s reduced interior sound damping into consideration. GTS buyers looking to shed even more weight can opt for the lightweight package, which includes carbon-fiber front seats, removal of the rear seats, thinner side and rear glass, and a lighter battery, to ditch 55 additional pounds. That package also includes underbody aero panels and rear-wheel-steering.
Other well-to-dos will know you opted for the GTS (read: driver’s choice) 911 because of the darkened headlight and taillight surrounds, satin black badging and engine slats, and SportDesign front, rear, and side sills on your car. Inside, the Sport Seats Plus and Sport Chrono packages come standard, as does Race-Tex upholstery on the steering wheel rim, door handles, armrests, gear lever, and seat centers. Additional interior trim highlights are made of carbon fiber.
Including a $1350 destination fee, the Carrera GTS starts at $138,050, while Carrera 4 comes in at $145,350, and the convertible Carrera GTS rings in at $150,850. Both the Carrera 4 GTS Convertible and Targa 4 GTS start at $158,150. Those prices are just a bit higher than we’d initially anticipated, but given the included hardware, the jump isn’t all that surprising. Expect the first U.S. deliveries to arrive in early 2022.