On sale in March, the five new 911 models replace the 3.8-litre flat-six with a turbocharged 3.0-litre six-pot
8 January 2017

The Porsche 911 GTS line-up has been facelifted, with all models boasting a claimed stop speed over 186mph.

Unveiled at Detroit motor show and set for UK sale in March, the five new 911 models – Carrera GTS, Carrera Cabriolet GTS, Carrera 4 GTS, Carrera 4 Cabriolet GTS and Targa 4 GTS –  all run a powered-up version of the German car maker’s turbocharged 3.0-litre horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine.

Video review of Carrera 4 GTS

With 444bhp, the forced induction engine delivers 30bhp more than in the facelifted 911 Carrera S and 20bhp more than the naturally aspirated 3.8-litre flat-six cylinder unit used in earlier 911 GTS models.

The new engine also pumps out 405lb ft of torque at 2150rpm, giving the 2017-model-year 911 GTS models an added 81lb ft some 3600rpm earlier in the rev range than with the engine used by their predecessors.

As before, buyers will be able to choose between as standard seven-speed manual or optional seven-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox. While the Carrera GTS and Carrera cabriolet GTS retain rear-wheel drive, the Carrera 4 GTS, Carrera 4 cabriolet GTS and Targa 4 GTS all receive standard four-wheel drive.

The performance leader is the four-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4 GTS, which boasts a claimed 0-60mph time of 3.6 seconds, with the lighter rear-drive 911 Carrera GTS claiming the highest top-speed at 194mph.

As well as taking top speed honours, the dual clutch PDK equipped version of the 911 Carrera GTS also boasts the lowest consumption and emissions of the new line-up, with a claimed 34.0mpg on the NEDC cycle, giving it a CO2 rating of 188g/km.

Setting the facelifted 911 GTS models apart from other facelifted 911 models is a unique front bumper and modified rear spoiler.  The four-wheel drive Carrera 4 and Targa 4 versions also receive a characteristic light trim strip between the tail lights, while the rear-drive versions use a black trim strip.

There are also darkened tail lamp lenses, a blackened air intake grill with the engine lid, centrally-mounted tailpipes also in black and GTS logos within the lower part of the doors.

Inside, the seats receive GTS logos on the headrests and the steering wheel rim, armrests and centre console are all trimmed in Alcantara, while brushed black aluminium trim strips have been fitted to the instrument cluster.

All of the GTS models receive the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system, which sees them ride 10mm lower than the standard 911 models. Also included as standard are 20-inch centre lock alloy wheels finished in silk-gloss black.

They also all flaunt the four-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4’s aluminium body shell, giving them a common width of 1852mm and wider track measurements than standard rear-wheel drive 911 models, while it also gets the Sport Chrono Package as standard equipment. 

Prices start from £94,316 for the 911 Carrera GTS and peak at £108,144 for both the Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet and Targa 4 GTS, respectively.

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