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This sporty 911 Carrera plugs the gap between the standard Carrera S and the hardcore GT3 successfully

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Porsche 911

The Porsche 911 is a sublime all-purpose sports car

14 November 2014

What is it?

The new Porsche 911 GTS has been built, says the German company, for the kind of customer who quite fancies a 911 GT3 but who isn’t prepared to put up with the on-road compromises demanded by such a track-orientated car. Not day in, day out at any rate, reckons Porsche.

So it’s the car that fills the gap between the regular 911 Carrera S and the 911 GT3. Does that mean it’s the answer to a question no-one has yet bothered to ask? Or is it yet another clever manipulation of a marketplace that only Porsche seems to fully understand? The answer is a little bit of both.

The GTS specification brings a 10mm lowering of the ride height and the Sport Chrono Pack becomes a standard fitment. You also get an extra 30bhp from the 3.8-litre flat six, making 424bhp in total, while the track is wider at the back and the spring and damper rates retuned front and rear to produce keener responses than in the regular Carrera S.

Matt black 20-inch wheels also appear at all four corners, and keen 911 observers will spot that the headlight surrounds front and rear are finished in the same hue, as are the four exhaust pipes out of the back.

The interior is familiar in its main design but bespoke (ish) in its finishing, with GTS decals appearing on the seats and body coloured stitching for the sexy new Alcantara trim.

What's it like?

The Porsche 911 GTS looks and feels much more sporting than a regular Carrera S, yes, but it’s nowhere near as naughty to look at or sit in as a GT3. And that's very much how it drives too.

The version we tried was the expensive £95,862 C4 GTS that was also fitted with the optional PDK gearbox, which costs a further £2817.

And that’s where the argument for the GTS begins to fall apart somewhat beside the GT3 because the latter a) gets PDK as standard, b) also benefits from Porsche’s excellent four wheel-steering system (which the GTS does not), and c) costs not a whole lot more than the GTS we tried with its various options in situ.

Just as well, then, that in isolation the GTS drives as good as it looks (and sounds). It feels more energetic everywhere compared with a regular C4S, never more so than over the last 1500rpm. Its ride and handling also feel a fair bit crisper while its electric steering is keener, the turn in more precise – compared with a regular Carrera S.

Compared with a GT3, though, the GTS is nowhere dynamically to be honest. Not in this guise at any rate. We also drove a manual, rear-wheel-drive version briefly on the track later in the day – which costs a still pricey but more approachable £91,089 – and found that to be a little closer to the ideal than a four-wheel-drive model with the PDK.

Should I buy one?

Personally, I'd go for a C2 GTS with the PDK option. Overall, though, here’s the thinking: if the GT3 was a hard-riding wild animal of a car that couldn’t possibly be used everyday, the GTS would make perfect sense. But the latest GT3 isn’t the unrefined madman that it used to be; nothing like. And so beside it the GTS makes less sense than it might.

But then nobody knows this market better than Porsche, and that’s why the GTS will still be a roaring success, no matter how much of an exercise in sharp marketing it may be.

Besides, the GT3 is now sold out for the foreseeable future so if you want a 911 that’s fast, sounds great, has an atmospheric engine in its tail rather than a turbocharged one and, most important of all, might make its way in to your garage within the next year, the GTS is your only option. 

And that’s why Porsche is so very clever to have built it, then had the temerity to put such a high price tag in the windscreen.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS PDK

Price £95,862; 0-62mph 4.0sec; Top speed 189mph; Economy 32.5mpg; CO2 202g/km; Kerb weight 1445kg; Engine flat six, 3800cc, petrol; Power 424bhp at 7500rpm; Torque 324lb ft at 5750rpm; Gearbox 7-speed dual clutch

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14 November 2014
...but couldn't they have thrown in the multifunction steering wheel from the 918/Macan/Cayenne...?

14 November 2014
Is loads better.

They're wrong.

Great car Porsche, well done!

14 November 2014
...but in less you have to have a 2+2, would suggest instead buying a Cayman GTS and a Maccan Diesel if you have to ferry kids about.

I've heard people state that the GT3 is (relatively) too cheap and would more naturally sit at ~£120000 in basic form. Sounded a bit rediculous to me but this variant of the 911 kind of supports that view.

I know Porsche are leaving room for the RS, but that could be priced at 911 turbo S levels and probably still have a waiting list.

14 November 2014
I'm staggered. I was hoping this was going to be the car for me but no.

The Carrera S only has 395bhp, not enough. This GTS has 424bhp, now that's too much. What I really want is a 911 with 410bhp. Come on Porsche, there's a yawning gap in the market there that needs filling.

 

15 November 2014
LOL. That'll be the dual-carriageway focussed 'GT' you're waiting for. This is the race-circuit-approach-road and roundabout focussed 'GTS', a step below the race-circuit focussed 'GT3', and the private-testing-facility focussed GT2....

15 November 2014
Add the problem of being in a country where there is a lot of snow and this in between model becomes a lot more practical than the fantastic GT3. Solution..... get both.

GeToD

 

15 November 2014
My dream sportscar,back seats for the grandsons[and to justify to my wife i am not being selfish!!] and I can get up my driveway in the winter ice and snow.Problem is,though,its reverse cousin,the TTRS,will be faster and half the price and have a more practical and roomy luggage compartment! HMMM?

Madmac

15 November 2014
I used to have the previous manual TT RS (exhaust+suspension+big radiator+no precat+420hp). It was a really great car. If you get one - get it with bucket seats, standard "sport" seats are no good. Porsche seats are fantasticly good though.

No manual - no fun

16 November 2014
NoPasaran wrote:

I used to have the previous manual TT RS (exhaust+suspension+big radiator+no precat+420hp). It was a really great car. If you get one - get it with bucket seats, standard "sport" seats are no good. Porsche seats are fantasticly good though.

Thank you ! i am negotiating for one as we speak [write] APR stage 2+ in Suzuka grey.Sadly in Canada we do not get the sports seats but we only got manual,like my son's Golf R.Next gen we are apparently getting DSG.hoping for an RSQ3 here for my wife!

Madmac

15 November 2014
"more approachable £91,089"....yeah, right, for a bankster

No manual - no fun

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