Cracking 911 with elements of GT3 and Carrera 2S about it

Our Verdict

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
Porsche 911 Carrera GTS bridges the gap between Carrera S and GT3

New upper-mid-range 911 is as notable for its value as its performance credentials; both are very good

What is it?

There is no such thing as a bad Porsche 911, but with no fewer than 22 variations on the theme including this new GTS coupe, the question of which one best suits your requirements is getting ever trickier.

Our initial test of the GTS showed that this new model, with the wider body of the four-wheel drive 911s combined with rear-wheel drive and a more powerful, 402bhp version of the 3.8-litre flat six was quite possibly the best of the Carreras.

See pics of the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS in action

What’s it like?

A stint on UK roads has only confirmed our suspicions about how good this 911 is. Our test car came with optional £769 sports suspension, which brings 20mm lowered ride height and firmer springs to the standard variable adaptive damper system and also adds a mechanical diff to the equation.

The ride quality that results can be slightly unforgiving when in sport mode at lower speeds, but honestly, who cares? Yes, it’s a little bouncy around town, but the compromise between body control and damper absorption is still amongst the best you will find in any sports car and that works in Britain as well as anywhere else.

The real appeal of the GTS is the happy medium it strikes between offering more focused responses that have whispers of the GT3 about them, and yet just as much livability as a standard Carrera 2S. It is approachable because it offers such good feedback and delicacy of response through its alcantara-rimmed steering wheel, and with the diff on our car it also delivers even more traction and adjustability.

Another bonus is that peak 310lb ft of torque is delivered from 4200rpm compared to the C2S’s 4400rpm. It’s a marginal difference but having a wider spread of torque helps the sense of immediacy that you get in the GTS, even at low revs.

Should I buy one?

Consider that opting for a standard C2S will save you just over £2000 on the GTS, yet the latter comes as standard with the excellent £1465 sports exhaust system amongst other notable extras – not least the more powerful engine, wider track and wide body looks.

The only question left is quite why anybody looking at the ‘normal’ rear-wheel drive 911s wouldn’t choose the GTS. It’s not a middle-ground, because that suggests compromise. With the exception of those yearning for forced induction or a roll-cage (or both), it’s perilously close to being the only 911 you should buy.

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

Price: £78,371; Top speed: 190mph; 0-62mph: 4.6sec; Economy: 26.6mpg; Co2: 250g/km; Kerb weight: 1420kg; Engine type: Flat six, 3800cc, petrol; Power: 402bhp at 7300rpm; Torque: 310lb ft at 4200-5600rpm; Gearbox: 6spd manual

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jer

1 March 2011

really.

1 March 2011

[quote Autocar]Our initial test of the GTS showed that this new model, with the wider body of the four-wheel drive 911s combined with rear-wheel drive and a more powerful, 402bhp version of the 3.8-litre flat six was quite possibly the best of the Carreras[/quote]Having driven a lesser Carrera model I can believe that.

1 March 2011

Oh look, another 911, yawn.

I know that they are excellent cars, but I wouldn't even look twice at one on the street which for me, in part at least, kinda misses the point of this type of car. There should be some kind of event with a car like this but it's just £78k of dullness.

1 March 2011

[quote Lee23404]it's £78k of dullness[/quote]Why not define what you feel is exciting in a sports car? Then let's see if this 911 measures up to it.

1 March 2011

If Porsche carry on like this there will be a 911/Cayman/Boxster for every person in the world! and this 911 Carrera GTS caters for the person who wants the looks of a 4 the power of an S and a drive like a GT3 with an interior made in an ergonomic museum but wheels that could be from Halfords..come on! just build a 911 Turbo S that looks like and sounds like an Aston Martin, job done!? surely..

1 March 2011

If i had up to £100K, i'd buy a 911, no question,it can be used everyday,it's certainly more durable than most other rivals,may not be family transport, but if you buy second hand, there's change for an M5,yes, even the current M5!

Peter Cavellini.

2 March 2011

[quote Peter Cavellini]but if you buy second hand, there's change for an M5,yes, even the current M5!
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There is no such thing as the E60 M5 production has ceased. I see your point though - you can get a nice early 997 and an M5 Touring for about 60-65k all in. Unless you go off-road all your performance driving needs are covered.

I think this GTS looks great - I think it's wrong to compare a 911 to the more special supercars though. In Germany, barring GT3/GT2/Turbo versions, "cooking" 911s are just seen as a premium small sports coupe. As such, they're pretty damn good with excellent reliability, usability, performance and handling.

2 March 2011

[quote JacobE]you can get a nice early 997 and an M5 Touring for about 60-65k all in[/quote] +1 I've long hankered for a 997 and it's the crushing reliability of the things that make me look past the "evolved" styling, get one with 3+ years on it and it (to me at least) makes more sense than an M3. Agreed if you're getting a one brand new it lacks the visual excitement of it's competitors but hey, I owned a Corrado VR6 so my view of "aesthetics" will always be skewed :) Just need to convince the Mrs we [b]need[/b] a Porsche more than we need a new house..

2 March 2011

[quote T1berious]my view of "aesthetics" will always be skewed [/quote]

There's absolutely nothing wrong with your aesthetics. A good number of the best automotive designers, students too, will tell you the 911 is an inspired shape that no one has managed to replicate. And some might admit they use it as an inspirational guide in their own work.

PS: Great web moniker!

3 March 2011

Nice review Vicky. Really enjoyed it. All Porsche need to do now is sort out that 1990's interior and it'll be a five-star car! It's so drab and tired-looking.

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