Whis­per and bark

Punchy yet well-man­nered, this is a Porsche with the lot

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige Cars - BRUCE MCMA­HON bruce.mcma­hon@cars­guide.com.au

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.

VALUE

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.

TECH­NOL­OGY

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.

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