By Otsile Kadiege
Porsche has revealed the sporty GTS models for its 911 992 range, namely the Coupé and Cabriolet Carrera as well as the Targa. The models are more powerful and visually distinctive, and offer better driving dynamics than ever.
The GTS models are powered by a turbocharged 3.0 litre flat-six boxer engine delivering 353 kW and 570 Nm, which is 22 kW more than the current 911 Carrera S and previous 911 GTS as well as 20 Nm more than the previous 911 GTS. Porsche claims the GTS models will sprint from 0-100 km/h in 3.3 seconds. They are mated to an 8-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) or a 7-speed manual. The models are equipped with GTS-specific suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), and the high-performance braking system from the 911 Turbo, ensure the superior transmission of longitudinal and lateral forces. Driving dynamics will be further improved with the Lightweight Design package, which will be available on the GTS for the first time and saves up to 25 kg.
Porsche has sourced the suspension of the GTS models from the 911 Turbo and modified for the GTS. Thanks to its standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), the dampers respond to dynamic changes at lightning speed. In the Coupé and Cabriolet, PASM is standard, combined with the 10-millimetre-lower sport chassis.
Porsche claims its engineers 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, centre-lock alloy wheels are from the 911 Turbo. As standard the GTS models are equipped with sports exhaust system which the manufacturer claims is responsible for an even more emotive soundtrack, thanks to its GTS-specific set-up and the omission of some interior insulation.
Lightweight Design package
Driving dynamics are further improved with the Lightweight Design package, which will be available for the first time on a GTS. Up to 25 kg will be saved by the lighter carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) full bucket seats, lightweight glass for the side and rear windows, and lightweight battery. The rear seats are also removed. Other performance enhancements include rear-axle steering as standard in this equipment package and additional aerodynamic finishing touches.
Exterior and interior design
The understated sporty looks of the GTS models feature black contrasting bodywork elements and darkened headlight units. Black is also the dominant colour inside the GTS models. The latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) brings numerous improvements in operation and connectivity.
The GTS models are priced as follows:
|Porsche 911 Carrera GTS||R2,290,000|
|Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS||R2,400,000|
|Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet||R2,490,000|
|Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet||R2,600,000|
|Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS||R2,600,000|
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