The 991.2 Targa 4 GTS gets the same 450-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine that makes 405 pounds-feet of torque as the rest of the 991.2 GTS range. It also gets that awesome Targa body and all-wheel drive. Is this the best combination of sexy and suburb performance? We think so.
Lets start with the power. The Targa 4S and Targa 4 GTS have the same six-cylinder engine, but the Targa 4 GTS has larger turbochargers and more boost pressure. That bumps power up to 450 hp versus 370 hp, and torque to 405 pounds-feet versus 331 pounds-feet. You also get a Sport Response button on the steering wheel that you can press to unleash maximum acceleration in 20-second intervals.
The GTS also comes standard with the center-mounted sport exhaust, the wider body of the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 models. Aside from the hotter engine and the signature dark trim, 991.2 Targa 4 GTS buyers get the center-lock wheels from the 911 Turbo S in satin black, Porsche’s more aggressive SportDesign front fascia, the Sport Chrono package, and a Sport exhaust.
While coupe buyers get Porsche’s PASM Sport active suspension, which lowers ride height by 0.4 inch over the Carrera S, Targa and cabriolet customers get the still plenty sporty standard PASM system. Porsche’s adaptive suspension (PASM) keeps the GTS controlled and balanced, even on broken pavement. We also recommend you opt for the rear-axle steering option, which helps the Targa 4 GTS better whip around bends with incredible precision.
Car and Driver: for those mountain dwellers who’d prefer to differentiate themselves from the beachy types on the coast, the Targa remains the individualist’s Porsche. The GTS trim level just allows your well-heeled lumberjack to leave the crowd farther in his dust.
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: