We talked a lot about the 991.2 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe being the sweet spot in the 911 lineup, but what if you want some more open top driving and want to enjoy the elements and sun? Well, then you opt for the equally awesome Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet. Like the coupe and rest of the GTS range, the 2017 model year Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet gets the 991.2 updates.
The GTS-spec 3.0-litre flat-six develops 30 bhp more than a Carrera S (at 444 bhp) and 37 lb ft more torque (at 406 lb ft). That’s good for a 0-62mph launch time of 3.6 seconds (0.6 seconds quicker than a Carrera 4S) and a top speed of 191 mph. This is the highest-output version of the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six that powers the “regular” 911s and the GTS uses turbos with a three-millimeter-larger diameter turbine and a four-millimeter-larger compressor wheel in a suitably larger housing (than the S models). Boost pressure is up from the Carrera S’s 16.0 psi to 18.1 psi to deliver a consistent 406 lb-ft of torque from 2150 to 5000 rpm. This engine is strong all across the rev-range and pulls hard all the way to its 74000 rpm redline.
Carrera 4 means 4 all-wheel drive, but what does the GTS moniker add? A standard sports exhaust system, with two exhaust pipes mounted centrally in gloss black, 20-inch satin black alloys, springs lowered by 20mm and ‘Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus’ which works in coordination with the seven-speed dual-clutch PDK ’box and all-wheel drive system to deliver power to the wheels that need it most.
Car and Driver: The all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 GTS is easier to launch than the rear-drive version. Whatever torque can’t be used by the monstrously large 305/30ZR-20 rear tires goes forward to be applied to the road through the 245/35ZR-20 front rubber. It takes some concentration to make every shift cleanly, but it’s a skill that’s quickly mastered, aided by the high-quality tools that are the clutch and the shifter. And this thing is quick.
Every GTS gets the flared hips of the Carrera 4 and needs those fat fenders to cover the enormous tires. The GTS also gets the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system. Importantly, the cabriolets and Targas use the milder version while coupes get the Sport spec—with a slightly lower ride height and electronic wizardry to make sure all the differentials involved are on the same page. If you really want to hustle your GTS, then the coupes are the ones to choose, but we are being nitpicky to be fair.
Faster and more capable than ever before – the new Porsche 911 GTS models
Highest performing 911 Carrera and Targa variants announced
Atlanta, Georgia.Porsche is expanding the 911 model line with five new GTS models: the 911 Carrera GTS with rear-wheel drive, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS with all-wheel drive – both available as a Coupé and Cabriolet – and the 911 Targa 4 GTS with all-wheel drive. The 3.0-liter flat-six cylinder with larger turbochargers delivers 450 horsepower, which is 30 horsepower more than the current 911 Carrera S and 20 horsepower above the previous, naturally-aspirated GTS model. All GTS variants are equipped as standard with a seven-speed manual transmission. The seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual-clutch transmission is available as an option.
More power, even greater performance
405 lb.-ft. of torque (37 lb-ft. more than the Carrera S) further improves acceleration and responsiveness. Maximum torque is available between 2150 and 5000 rpm. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is included as standard on all GTS models. The GTS Coupés feature the PASM Sport Suspension, which drops the ride height by 0.39 inches (10 millimeters) compared to the PASM suspension, which is standard on all 911 models including the Cabriolet and Targa variants of the GTS. The 911 GTS Coupé models accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour 0.2 seconds faster than the respective Carrera S and 4S Coupés. When equipped with the optional PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung) transmission, the Carrera 4 GTS Coupé takes just 3.4 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour. The GTS Cabriolet and Targa models reach 60 mph 0.3 seconds faster than the comparable Carrera S/4S Cabriolet or Targa 4S models. Top track speed of the GTS models is up to 3 mph higher, depending on the variant. The 911 GTS Coupé with manual transmission and rear-wheel drive is capable of 193 mph.
Typically GTS: Black elements accentuate the high-performance character
The GTS models distinguish themselves within the 911 model line not only in terms of technology, but also in their design: All GTS variants are based on the Carrera 4/4S body, which measures 72.9 inches (1852 mm), even on the rear-wheel-drive models. The new Sport Design front end with a spoiler lip painted in black emphasizes the high-performance character. Combined with an increased rear spoiler extension height, it reduces lift on the front and rear axle compared to the Carrera S models. Tinted tail lights, rear lid grill strips with a satin black finish and tailpipes in high-gloss black, which are part of the standard Sport Exhaust system, give the GTS a particularly striking appearance. A new black trim strip between the tail lights is featured on the rear-wheel-drive variants. A light strip between the tail lights is reserved for the all-wheel-drive models. Sport Design exterior mirrors, 20-inch center lock wheels painted in satin black, and black GTS logos on the doors represent further visual enhancements. The characteristic Targa bar, which is black with a satin finish for the first time, also gives the 911 Targa 4 GTS a very distinctive look.
New Porsche Track Precision app included with extensive standard equipment
The GTS offers a unique interior. The stopwatch of the standard Sport Chrono Package is integrated as a central component of the dashboard. The included Porsche Track Precision App has been further enhanced for the market launch of the GTS models. Its features include automatic recording as well as a detailed display and analysis of driving data for smartphones. Standard Sport Seats Plus with GTS logos on the headrests provide increased lateral support and comfort. They are fitted with a combination of leather and Alcantara® that is highlighted with a new seat stitching. Alcantara® can also be found on the standard GT Sport steering wheel, the gear lever and the armrest. The brushed aluminum interior trim is anodized with a black finish.
The 2017 911 GTS models are available to order now and are scheduled to arrive at dealerships in the United States in April 2017. The MSRP for each model is as follows: