The 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet arrives with 473 horsepower and 420 ft lbs of torque. Porsche’s ultimate Carrera cabriolet model is brilliant, and flexible. Sure, you can go faster in a 992 911 Turbo, but we guarantee it won’t be as much fun or as engaging as the GTS Cabriolet. This is just a great car, an all-round sports car that combines effortless performance with open top fun.
The Carrera GTS Cabriolet gets a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine producing 473 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. That’s 30 hp and 23 lb-ft of torque more than a Carrera S Cabriolet model courtesy of 18.6 psi of boost pressure (compared to 16 psi in the S). The naturally aspirated flat-six in the GT3 produces more power (502 hp), but less torque (346 lb-ft) and in everyday driving, that actually makes the GTS Cabriolet more fun, with torque is more readily available at any speed and rpm.
It is amazing that a convertible is this good, the GTS Cabriolet is no slouch even when compared to the epic 992 GT3. The GTS Cabriolet gets standard PASM dampers with a 10 millimeter ride height reduction compared to the standard Carrera S. Helping bring this car to a stop are the same massive brakes from the 911 Turbo, six-piston fixed calipers in front and four-piston fixed calipers in the rear.
Buyers can opt for the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, which increase the rotor size and reduce unsprung weight by 50% compared to a steel brake. As standard, those massive stoppers live behind forged lightweight wheels from the 911 Turbo S with a center-lock pattern. More conventional five-lug wheels are available for those who’d like a less aggressive appearance.
Car Magazine: You won’t be surprised to hear that the Carrera GTS is once again a finely judged halfway house between the sensible and extreme end of the 911 range. It’s focused yet practical, fast but enjoyable and has the required aesthetic tweaks to subtly remind everyone that you’re in more than just a boggo 911.
The 911 GTS Cabriolet feels so quick out on the road, we hesitate to call it a sports car; it’s closer to a supercar. In fact, this 992-generation GTS produces nearly the same power as the 997-generation 911 Turbo, with the same 0-60 mph time as the Turbo S from that generation. The 911 Carrera GTS has become so good lately, it almost feels unnecessary to upgrade to the bonkers Turbo model.
All GTS models come with the Porsche Design Package, bringing darkened headlight and DRL surrounds in addition to other model-specific details such as black centre-lock alloy wheels, front spoiler lip and GTS lettering. This theme continues in the cabin, thanks to plentiful use of black Race-Tex material and GTS detailing, as well as standard-fit Sport Chrono Package, a GT sports steering wheel and Porsche Track Precision App. An updated version of Porsche’s PCM infotainment system also features, as does remote-parking capabilities that allow you to control the operation of the car via smartphone.
Meanwhile, the chassis of the GTS is derived from its bigger 911 Turbo brother, meaning it gets Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard, along with lowered sports suspension on Coupe and Cabriolet models. A GTS Targa is available but uses the regular PASM suspension. Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) is also thrown in and works with a an electronic or mechanical limited-slip differential depending on whether you go for the eight-speed PDK or seven-speed manual ‘box.
Car Magazine: Everything from the steering to the pedal weights and body control is brilliantly judged in the GTS and you’re left in no doubt how, despite the power deficit, it can come so close to matching the Turbo S’ time around the Nürburgring.
As for gearboxes, you’ve got the choice between Porsche’s 8-speed PDK auto or a 7-speed manual (with 10mm shortened throw) – both of which are excellent. The former might not deliver the race-car quick changes of the 7-speed PDK in the GT3, but it makes up for this in ease of use and smoothness out on the road. Purists, meanwhile, will no doubt appreciate the manual even if the lower gear ratios are still a little long for UK speed limits.
Drivers who want peak performance should opt for the GTS coupe, while drivers who enjoy soaking up the sun are best served by this GTS cabriolet. We forget to mention the Targa 4 GTS, which sits somewhere in the middle, and frankly that is also the looker of the group too. We would take the coupe, but that’s just us.
More distinctive and dynamic than ever: the new 2022 Porsche 911 GTS models
Five model variants are being added to the successful 911 range
Atlanta. Twelve years ago, the very first GTS version of the 911 was introduced – featuring a series of very targeted modifications that, when brought together combined to make a difference – as a more focused, more dynamic and faster 911 that retained the subtly and usability of the car on which it was based. Following a familiar theme, a new generation of the popular sports car model is being launched. More powerful and visually distinctive, and with better driving dynamics than ever, the six-cylinder boxer engine at the heart of the 911 GTS delivers 473 hp, which is 30 hp more than the current 911 Carrera S and 23 hp over the previous 911 GTS. Torque rises to 420 lb-ft.
The result of this extra potency is a zero to 60 mph sprint of just 3.1 seconds in the case of the 911 Carrera 4 GTS coupe equipped with the eight-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK): three tenths faster than its predecessor. A seven-speed manual transmission with a gear lever shortened by 10 millimeters is available for all 911 GTS models as an alternative to the PDK.
The 911 GTS is available in five variants:
911 Carrera GTS with rear-wheel drive, as Coupe and Cabriolet
911 Carrera 4 GTS with all-wheel drive, as Coupe and Cabriolet
911 Targa 4 GTS with all-wheel drive
Joining the increase in power is GTS-specific suspension tuning with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), and the high-performance braking system from the 911 Turbo. Driving dynamics can improve even more through the optional Lightweight package, which will be available on the 911 Carrera GTS coupe models for the first time, saving up to 55 lbs. in weight. Setting the 911 GTS apart is black contrasting bodywork elements and darkened headlight housings. Inside, the interior features many of the touchpoints finished in grippy Race-Tex cloth material. The latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) brings numerous improvements in operation and connectivity. Technology: bespoke suspension and unique Sport Exhaust system Derived from the 911 Turbo and modified for the GTS coupe and Cabriolet models, the suspension meets exacting performance demands – with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) Sport suspension that lowers the ride height by 10 millimeters featuring as standard equipment. The suspension includes helper springs at the rear to help maintain tension on the main springs in all driving conditions, meaning rebound characteristics are consistent. As in the previous generation, the 911 Targa GTS is an exception, sharing its chassis with the 911 Targa 4S.
The engineers in Weissach have also adjusted stopping performance to match the increased performance of the GTS, which makes use of the high-performance braking system from the 911 Turbo. The 20-inch (front) and 21-inch (rear) black, center-lock alloy wheels have a design derived from the 911 Turbo S. The standard Sport exhaust system is responsible for an even more emotive soundtrack, thanks to its GTS-specific set-up and a reduction in sound deadening material.
Exterior: numerous black accents in satin or high gloss
A multitude of black or darkened exterior details are characteristic of the 911 GTS models. On the 911 Targa 4 GTS, this also includes the model-defining Targa bar and Targa lettering. Additional elements painted in Satin Black include the spoiler lip, the center-lock alloy wheels, the engine cover grille, and the GTS script on the doors and rear of the car. The exterior package, in which these and other details are executed in high-gloss black is optionally available. All 911 GTS models effectively have the SportDesign package, with distinctive trim for the front, rear and the side sills. The headlight trims and daytime running light surrounds are darkened, and the car is fitted with standard LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus). The rear lights are also darkened. Satin Black accents characterize the model designation, PORSCHE lettering and charge-air grille slats above the engine.
Lightweight package: less weight
Driving dynamics are further improved with the Lightweight package, which will be available for the first time on a GTS. Up to 55 lbs. can be saved by the lighter carbon fiber full bucket seats, lightweight glass for the side and rear windows, and the use of a lightweight battery. The rear seats are also removed. Other performance enhancements include rear-axle steering as part of this equipment package and additional aerodynamic underbody paneling.
Interior: black Race-Tex and standard Sport Seats Plus
The sporty details of the GTS models continue inside functionally as well as visually. The gear lever of the optional seven-speed manual transmission has been shortened by 10 mm, which enables fast gear shifts with a flick of the wrist. A GT Sport steering wheel as well as the Sport Chrono package with mode switch, Porsche Track Precision app and a tire temperature display are standard features. The standard Sport Seats Plus with electric four-way adjustment provide lateral support, comfort and convenience. The interior insulation has been reduced.
Numerous Race-Tex features underscore the elegant dynamic ambience. The seat centers, the steering wheel rim, door handles and armrests, storage compartment lid and gear lever are all trimmed in Race-Tex. With the optional GTS interior package, the stitching is available in Carmine Red or Chalk. The seatbelts and embroidered GTS lettering on the headrests, tachometer and Sport Chrono clock come in the same contrasting colors. Carbon fiber interior trim panels complete the package.
New display and operating concept: now also with Android Auto
The new generation of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) features additional functions and significantly simplified operation. The touch icons in the Media menu have been enlarged and the option of rearranging the tiles on the home screen is new. The improved voice assistant recognizes natural speech and can be activated with “Hey Porsche.” iOS and Android users will enjoy standard Wireless Apple CarPlay® and now wired Android Auto™.
First deliveries for the US are expected in early 2022 with a starting MSRP of $136,700 excluding $1,350 for delivery, processing, and handling.