911 GTS (992): sharper GTS revealed

Published: 23 June 2021

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Porsche's evolutionary approach to the 911 often results in unusual specialisations - but for many drivers the GTS is the pinnacle. It's no surprise that it's returned for the 992 then. A package of subtle, focused alterations to an already unwavering forumula bestows 911 Turbo sharpness upon the more accessible Carrera.

Performance is still a significant factor, with 28bhp added to the 3.0-litre turbocharged flat six's output over the Carrera - and more torque than the naturally-aspirated GT3 - giving the GTS a 0-62mph sprint of 3.3 seconds when equipped with the dual-clutch PDK transmission.

A seven speed manual is also available for a more visceral experience, and the shift lever has been shortened for quicker, more direct changes.

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911 GTS - power and control

Power is one thing - control is more important, and the GTS offers revised suspension settings, derived from the Turbo and sitting 10mm lower than the Carrera. On all models except the Targa 4 S, the Porsche Active Suspension Maagement (PASM) is supplemented with helper springs (a development also shared with the Turbo).

Porsche 911 GTS on beach

Braking from the Turbo is also deployed on the GTS, with 408mm front and 380mm rear discs.

Overall, the experience should fall between the Turbo's sharp chassis responses and the Carrera's pace and price - for a substantial saving over the Turbo and Turbo S.

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Evolution often involves a few markings to alert predators and attract mates, and this 911 has developed contrasting black accents - an instantly recognisable part of the GTS DNA. Black satin-finish alloy wheels, mirrors and GTS script are joined by further black detailing on the engine lid and on Targa models, the roof bar.

Porsche 911 GTS rear view

There will be an optional lightweight package, but the GTS already features less insulation to accent the sountrack from the rear-mounted flat-six.

GTS interior features

Finished in black Race-Tex the GTS features the GT Sport steering wheen and Sport Chrono package as standard, alongside the track precision app and tyre temperature display alluding to the GTS' track aspirations.

Optional personalisation can give seams stitched in Carmine Red or Crayon, highlighting the GTS embroidery and carbon-fibre dash inserts further.

Porsche 911 GTS (992) interior

Revisions to the infotainment complete the package of refinements on the GTS, which goes on sale now from £108,920 for the 911 Carrera GTS, £118,720 for the GTS Cabriolet, an extra £5,580 for the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 GTS, and £124,300 for the Targa 4 GTS.

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS (992)

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By Richard Kilpatrick

Technology writer and photographer since the early '90s, now car-obsessed, too