We’ve already sampled the Porsche 911 GTS in early left-hand-drive form, but now we’ve got our hands on a right-hand-drive model to see if it has what it takes to successfully bridge the gap between the standard 911 Carrera and the hardcore, track-focused GT3.
As with the rest of the facelifted 991.2 range, the GTS is now turbocharged. That means its 3.0-litre flat-six is force-fed by two turbos – but they’re new compared with those on the entry-level Carreras. This ups power and torque to 444bhp and 550Nm respectively, the latter available from as low as 2,150rpm right the way through to 5,000rpm. In four-wheel-drive guise with Porsche’s seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission, as tested here, this makes the car devastatingly effective.
Supreme traction lets you make the most of what the engine has to offer, but this also highlights one of the car’s downsides. The unit doesn’t have the same prompt and solid response as its naturally aspirated predecessor, and it exhibits a softer edge as you wait momentarily for the boost to build.
It quickly finds its stride, however, and you’ll need only 3.6 seconds to sprint from 0-62mph thanks to the PDK’s launch control. And with a top speed of 191mph, there are no complaints about the performance – especially the explosive mid-range grunt.
However, the turbo does rob the GTS of a little character. Now that all 911s bar the range-topping GT3 are turbocharged, there’s less separation between models in terms of engine feel. The GTS still revs with a typical 911 howl with the standard sports exhaust engaged, but it’s the chassis that marks out this model from lesser 911s and its more focused cousins further up the range.
Yet the GTS is not only a weekend vehicle. Practicality isn’t such a big part of the buying decision with a sports car or supercar, but thanks to the 911’s established 2+2 layout, a decent-sized boot and genuinely good visibility, it’s incredibly usable for a model of its type. That said, while the rear has room for small children, tall kids will struggle.
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