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Two-wheel drive, manual GTS is a perfect synthesis of power and grip: to drive and live with every day, it is the best 911 of the modern era

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    2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

    Two-wheel drive, manual GTS is a perfect synthesis of power and grip: to drive and live with every day, it is the best 911 of the modern era
Andrew Frankel Autocar
2 February 2017

What is it?

Trading a fancy folding roof and a pair of front driveshafts for no more than a third pedal in the footwell, this standard, rear-drive, manual 911 GTS coupé will always be the first choice of those who’ve always believed that, when it comes to 911s, simplest is best. This is the lightest GTS you can buy, weighing just 10kg more than a Carrera S and that only thanks to its Carrera 4-width body, and regardless of what figures enhanced by four-wheel drive traction or super-swift PDK shifts might claim for other GTSs, the fastest too. How fast? Well, it has a better power to weight ratio than that well known sluggard, the Mercedes-AMG GT.

It also has the full suite of GTS enhancements, including the most powerful version of the new 3-litre flat six twin turbo motor yet seen with 444bhp, lowered, sports suspension (not available on Cabriolet or Targa GTSs), reduced sound deadening, a sports exhaust, a limited slip differential, torque vectoring, bigger brakes with Turbo pads, 20in centre-lock wheels, active engine mounts and the option of rear-wheel steering.

Outside there’s a minor aero tweak to front and rear spoilers and true to GTS form, the car’s gone all moody with black wheels, black exhausts, smoked tail lights and black GTS badges. Inside the familiar Alcantara theme returns on the steering wheel, gear lever, and seat centres. GTS badges are omnipresent, on the rev-counter, TFT centre screen, kick-plates, as an option on seats and as standard on the carpet for those who, for one strange reason or another, choose to spec their GTS without rear seats.

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What's it like?

You’d think it would be easy to tell. It’s like a Carrera S, only more so, surely? In fact it’s not nearly as simple as that.  The cleverest thing Porsche has always done with what is now three generations of 911 GTS, is while appearing to do little more than a spot of choice plundering of the options list, produce a car with a character all of its own. And of the three of them, I’d say this one feels the most evolved.

Partly it is the extra power: right now this is the most powerful rear-wheel drive 911 on sale and, GT cars aside, the most powerful rear-drive 911 ever to come to market. But what brings the car alive is the deep down torque of motor with its new, larger turbochargers. It breathes life into the chassis, allowing greater than ever opportunities to tax the 911’s inherently fabulous traction at the exit of corners. Finally here is a 911 whose abilities in both straight lines and through corners feel perfectly matched, not fractionally favouring the chassis like a Carrera S, nor substantially the engine, as in a Turbo.

It seems improved in other areas that are more likely to be part of Porsche’s continuous improvement policy than simply being a GTS: its steering feels more lucid, its seven-speed gearbox more precise. And its poise through corners, the way it blends rock solid stability with a delicious degree of throttle sensitivity represents a new level for a modern 911 not born in the Motorsport department.

Should I buy one?

Of course. It’s as if this were the 911 that Porsche’s engineers designed first in this series, the one from which all others would be derived, only then to realise it was better even than they’d hoped, and must, therefore, be kept their sleeves for a while. So only once all the Carreras and Turbos were safely launched could it be unleashed.

All nonsense of course, cars aren’t designed that way, but that’s how it feels. The GTS is the best ‘normal’ 911 on sale, and the rear-drive coupe the best of the best. And it is every bit as good as that sounds.

Porsche 911 GTS Coupé manual

Location South Africa; On Sale Now Price £94,316 Engine Flat six, 2981cc, twin-turbo, petrol Power 444bhp at 6500rpm Torque 406lb ft 2150rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual Kerb weight 1525kg 0-62mph 4.1sec Top speed 193mph Economy 30.1mpg (combined) CO2/tax band 212g/km, 37% Rivals Jaguar F-Type R, Mercedes AMG GT

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2 February 2017
Lovely car, but at over 1500kg it's heavier than it should be, given it's supposed to be a fairly compact sports car.

2 February 2017
Overdrive wrote:

Lovely car, but at over 1500kg it's heavier than it should be, given it's supposed to be a fairly compact sports car.

It'd be better if the GTS came in under 1500kg but it's only about 50kg heavier that the 570S which has a carbon fibre tub and it's lighter than a Mercedes GT, F Type, Corvette and Audi R8 all these cars are of a similar size.

2 February 2017
I've never been quite sure how or where the GTS fits in the 911 line-up. You have the standard models, the Carrera, Carrrera S, Turbo and Turbo S, and then you have the more focused, purer and often track-orientated models with the R, GT3 and GT3 RS.

2 February 2017
A GTS is simply a Carrera with all the good bits. Porsche has walked through the options list with you, ticked all the best boxes, and added a few extras on top. What's not to like?

2 February 2017
My heart says the choice of the perfect 911 is a GT3 but my head would have the C4GTS for the useful rear seats and all winter capability,either here in Canada or Scotland.
With instrumented tests of the 4S giving 0-60 of 3.2 the GTS will likely be 3.0,quicker than the old GT3,and 911R! Close to old Turbo times,and perfectly enough for those with modest means who cannot afford a turbo.It also illustrates how far behind the GTR has fallen.

Madmac

2 February 2017
6 speed or 7 speed? Tech panel says 6 but I'm pretty sure it's 7.


2 February 2017
Yes. Because it is manual, and rear wheel drive.

2 February 2017
No more Porsche for those who have musical ears ?

2 February 2017
Having driven the older Carrera GTS back to back with the (6 cylinder) Cayman GTS at the Porsche Silverstone circuit last year there is no way I would have gone home wth the 911..... despite the extra power.
The Cayman is a far more agile machine ...... and the engine is in the right place. It is the car that that the 911 should always have been.

7 February 2017
Is it just me or do Porsche bring out a new 911 variant every other month? It is getting very confusing.....

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