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911 Carrera and Targa GTS v3.0: 'Typically GTS' Porsches get more power and tasteful standard equipment

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

By Damon Lowney
Photos courtesy Porsche

The 911 Carrera GTS will be offered in version 3.0, confirmed by Porsche in an announcement over the weekend. It’ll be “Typically GTS,” according to Porsche, which means it’ll have a bit more horsepower, a lot of black accents, and a high level of standard equipment for the price.

First launched in 2010 as a 2011 model, the 997 GTS gave way to the 991.1 version, and now the newest, 991.2-based GTS slides in between the Carrera S and 911 GT3. Try and option up a Carrera S to GTS levels of standard equipment and you’ll end up paying considerably more — without the wider Carrera 4/4S body in which the GTS is based. All GTS variants feature PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management), but coupes all receive Sport PASM standard with 10-millimeter lower ride height.

Above: 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

So how much more power are we talking here? All five GTS models — Carrera GTS coupe and Cabriolet, Carrera 4 GTS coupe and Cabriolet, and Targa 4 GTS — have a tweaked twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat six good for 450 horsepower. That’s 30 more than the Carrera S, and 20 more than the previous GTS. Torque is up to 405 pound-feet, 37 more than the Carrera S.

Porsche says the Carrera GTS coupes (both rear- and all-wheel-drive) are 0.2 seconds faster from 0–60 miles per hour than the Carrera. The Carrera 4 GTS with the PDK automatic transmission will do the sprint in 3.4 seconds, according to Porsche. Cabriolet and Targa GTS models are 0.3 seconds quicker to 60 mph compared to their S counterparts. The fastest of the bunch, the rear-wheel-drive GTS coupe with the standard 7-speed manual transmission, is capable of 193 mph.

Above: 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet. Note the black trim strip between the taillights, new and unique to rear-wheel-drive Carrera GTSs.

And what would a GTS 911 be without the now-typical black accents? To that end, Porsche endowed it with a new Sport Design front fascia with a black-painted spoiler lip; tinted taillights; grille slats in satin black; high-gloss-black tailpipes; 20-inch satin black center-lock wheels; and black GTS door logos. Rear-wheel-drive GTSs receive a new, black trim strip between the taillights, while all-wheel-drive models continue to be outfitted with a red-reflector trim strip in the same place. The Targa 4 GTS’ roll bar is painted satin black.

While there’s a bit of variance in trim and equipment between GTS models, Porsche makes figuring out the price easy: Add $15,600 to any S model and you’ll have the MSRP for the corresponding GTS (not including the destination fee). Look at the chart below for pricing. Porsche 911 GTS models will be in dealership showrooms starting in April 2017.

911 Carrera GTS $119,000
911 Carrera 4 GTS $125,900
911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet $131,300
911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet $138,200
911 Targa 4 GTS $138,200

Oh, and the Porsche Track Precision App, available on the Cayman GT4, 911 GT3, and 911 GT3 RS, is standard on the 911 GTS.

[UPDATE: A previous version of this article stated the roll bar on the 911 Targa 4 GTS will be painted black, for the first time. However, black Targa bars have been around for decades, so the article has been updated to reflect that.]

Source: Porsche

Porsche Press Release

Faster and more capable than ever before – the new Porsche 911 GTS models

Highest performing 911 Carrera and Targa variants announced

ATLANTA, Jan. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 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:

911 Carrera GTS $119,000
911 Carrera 4 GTS $125,900
911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet $131,300
911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet $138,200
911 Targa 4 GTS $138,200
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