What is it?
In theory, this is the ultimate ‘normal’ Porsche 911 for those focused on the provision of pure driving pleasure, before the range takes a big step up in both price and concept into the uncompromised realm of the Porsche Motorsport-developed GT series of 911s.
The GTS range mirrors that of all ‘lesser’ 911s and is therefore available with coupé, cabriolet or Targa bodywork, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and manual or paddle-shift gears. But given that less has almost always meant more in the land of the 911, our focus here falls on the simplest: the basic rear-drive, three-pedal coupé, which has finally landed in the UK.
In practice and when viewed with the most objective of eyes, this car is a parts bin special - the 911 Porsche would build were it ticking the options boxes for you. Yes, it’s the first rear-drive 911 to be available with the wider bodywork usually reserved for four-wheel-drive models, but the 30bhp hike in engine output to 444bhp is the same as you’d enjoy if you ordered the power upgrade kit for your Carrera S. Also, the PASM suspension management and lowered sports suspension that are options on cheaper 911s are here in standard form. Porsche The centre-lock wheels are taken from the Turbo model.
If you want adaptive dampers, rear-wheel steering or carbon-ceramic brakes, you’re still going to have to put your hand in your pocket.
Visually, there’s a fractional aero enhancement to the front spoiler, balanced by an additional lip on the rear wing and the usual GTS treatment of black wheels, blackened sports exhausts, smoked headlamp glass and, inside, a smattering of badges and a swathe of Alcantara upholstery.