The 911 Carrera 4 GTS coupe gets all-wheel drive and a seven-speed manual transmission (manual is optional). It sits in the middle of the Porsche pack in terms of performance. The GTS is neither a track-focused beast like the GT3 nor a straight line trip like the Turbo. It’s more muscular than both the base 911 Carrera and the fortified 911 Carrera S, but its robust torque production is even more forgiving in everyday use. The ride is comfortable, the tires are wide, the brakes phenomenal, and the car turns into corners with startling immediacy. This is the 911 you buy the moment you can afford the as-tested $150k (when new in 2017), then you drive it every day and keep it forever.
Featuring four-wheel drive, optional rear-wheel steer, and a turbocharged 444 bhp engine, the Carrera 4 GTS is the 911 with all the trimmings. 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.
The GTS-spec 3.0-litre flat-six develops 30bhp more than a Carrera S (at 444 bhp) and 37 lb ft more torque (at 406 lb ft). That’s good for a 0-62 mph launch time of 3.6 seconds (0.6 seconds quicker than a Carrera 4S) and a top speed of 191mph.
Four-wheel drive comes into its own in corner exits, with Porsche’s torque vectoring letting you put that power down through all four wheels. When you’re a little heavier on the gas, you’ll see the 911 move power to the front wheels, effectively dragging the Carrera 4 GTS out of roundabouts and tighter bends
Car Magazine: The Carrera 4 GTS comes into its own. Twiddle it into Sport+ via the wheel-mounted driving mode dial, and you’ll find the PDK holding gears longer… Those extra revs means the engine comes to life too… it gives you near-instant power when you demand it. At higher revs, you’ll still get the classic flat-six wail, though it now carries a smidge of turbo whoosh. Unlike the new Cayman, this 911’s engine note hasn’t been suffocated by a turbocharger – more remixed.
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: