Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
evo Singapore|Vol 75 - March-April 2017

The new 911 GTs is the best 991-series carrera that you can currently buy – provided you choose the correct variant and the right options.

Dan Prosser

THE NEW PORSCHE 911 Carrera GTS, which slots in between the Carrera s and the forthcoming GT3, is super-agile, ultra-responsive and very rewarding to drive. It’s also lethargic, lazy and a bit top heavy. It steers very well and also quite poorly. It’s good value for money, though far too expensive.

It comes in three body styles – coupe, Cabriolet and Targa – with the first two of those available with rear- or four-wheel drive. All versions can be fitted with either a manual gearbox or Porsche’s PDK twin-clutch transmission. on top of all this, buyers can specify rear-wheel steering and variable anti-roll bars, tyre option A or tyre option B, and choose between the standard brakes and the very expensive carbon-ceramic ones. That’s before they’ve decided on the paint colour and interior trim. It’s baffling.

In fact, the range is so mind-numbingly expansive that for every single word of praise or criticism that anyone might level at a sports car, there’ll be a GTS to which it applies. Fun and responsive? That’ll be the two-wheel-drive coupe. Flat-footed with dull steering? Targa PDK. 

With that in mind, be vigilant. when some bloke down the pub one day brags about his new GTS, he could either be a man shot through with such righteous stuff that he actually owns what probably is the best new 911 that you can actually buy in a showroom, or he might prefer a dash of lime in his carling and drive a paddle shift Targa.

For simplicity’s sake I’m going to focus on just one version here, and the best one at that. It’s the rear drive coupe with the seven-speed manual gearbox. This Miami Blue test car also has a pair of optional bucket seats, deleted rear seats and track-ready Pirelli P Zero corsa tyres. The 911 carrera has never been fitter or faster than this. If you want even more performance and sharper handling from your 911 you’ll have to get your name added to the waiting list for the aforementioned new GT3, with the manual gearbox.

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