There are so many Porsche 911 variants these days that we’re having trouble keeping count with just our fingers, but they keep making new ones because clearly, people are buying them. Today’s addition comes in the form of the familiar 911 GTS model, which is basically a souped-up performance model that slots right between the Carrera S and GT3.
The Porsche 911 GTS will be available in five model variants – both the Coupe and Cabriolet versions with rear- or all-wheel drive, as well as the gorgeous Targa-top variant with all-wheel drive.
As usual, the GTS models gain a modest power bump over the Carrera S, but still with a gap to the more track-focused GT3 model. For this 992 version, the 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine now makes 480 hp and 570 Nm, making it a 30 hp bump over both the old GTS and current Carrera S. Torque is increased by 20 Nm over its predecessor.
The engine is paired to either an eight-speed dual-clutch PDK gearbox or a seven-speed manual transmission – the latter now featuring a 10 mm shorter gear lever than standard to supposedly make shifts a bit slicker. The most accelerative spec is of course the four-wheel drive car with PDK, which reaches 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds – three tenths faster than its predecessor.
Just as we’ve come to expect, the GTS models are fitted with the Sports chassis as standard. This brings about a 10 mm drop in ride height, stiffer springs, and a modified Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) adaptive dampers system.
The GTS also gets an uprated braking system as standard that’s adopted from the 911 Turbo, alongside the sports exhaust. For the first time ever on the GTS, you can also spec the car with a Lightweight Design package, which saves up to 25 kg by jettisoning the rear seats, and replacing the fronts with lighter carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) bucket seats, among other weight saving measures.
To differentiate itself as the slightly more performant model, the GTS models get the SportDesign front apron as standard, alongside a black satin spoiler lip, tinted headlights, unique tail lights, blacked-out badges, as well as a set of 20/21-inch mixed-size wheels.
On the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS, the entire model-defining roll hoop is also painted in satin black.
Inside, the GTS models are covered in huge swaths of Race-Tex material (basically Alcantara), and the GT Sport steering wheel, Sport Chrono Package, and Sport Seat Plus are standard-fitment items. Also new on the GTS is Porsche’s latest PCM 6.0 infotainment system, which now comes with Android Auto connectivity.
Interestingly, Porsche has also removed some sound insulation on the GTS to enhance the “emotive vocals of the charismatic powertrain”, whatever that’s supposed to mean.
Deliveries for the 992-generation Porsche 911 GTS is expected to start in the coming months, with prices in the UK starting at GBP108,920 (~RM630k) for the standard rear-wheel drive coupe variant without any options ticked, making it approximately GBP14k (~RM81k) dearer than the Carrera S.