Whisper and bark
Punchy yet well-mannered, this is a Porsche with the lot
THIS Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet does not have stereo controls on the steering wheel. Imagine this! In a $300,000 car, the driver has to reach across and twirl an old-fashioned knob to adjust volume. What in Henry Ford’s name are these people thinking?
Well maybe, just maybe, the folk in Stuttgart are thinking that anyone smart enough— in soul and savings— to buy one of these machines is a tad more interested in listening to the sounds of that rear- mounted flat-six than iPod tunes. Or that anyone smart enough to buy a Carrera GTS can probably function on more than one plane at a time.
This is not a PlayStation car. It is far more involving than that, far more involved. And for all the fury available the GTS is a sweet, well-mannered beast that sits handsomely in the middle of the current 911 pack.
The GTS Cabrio is one of today’s best 911 variants. Add a Carrera 4 body to the reardrive 911, lift power to an even 300kW, add RS Spyder wheels and here’s an impressive Porsche. It is simple, elegant and with more sports character than most. At $306,570 as tested, it’s up there in Maserati territory; Ferraris are more expensive. Hard to put a value on exclusivity plus engineering.
The 911’s 3.8-litre flat-six here takes on redesigned intake manifold, modified cylinder heads and engine electronics to boost the GTS by 17kW over a ‘‘ standard’’ Carrera. There’s Porsche’s suspension-management system helping out a chassis design refined and refined over decades (even if the business of having an engine hanging out the back is a bit old-tech.)
The rear track is 32mm wider than a Carrera S, allowing for extra driver confidence and speed under cornering.