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992 GTS revealed

Coupe, Cabriolet and Targa 992s get popular GTS treatment including Powerkit

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Porsche has rounded off a busy month for new 911 models by announcing the arrival of its much-anticipate­d GTS to the 992 range.

The GTS sub-brand has become a popular choice among enthusiast­s since it debuted on the 997-generation 911 some 12 years ago. Bridging the gap between Carrera S and GT3, Porsche says the Carrera GTS offers greater sportiness while retaining everyday practicali­ty.

The 992 model has stuck with an establishe­d agenda of customary Gtsspec upgrades including a 30hp increase over a Carrera S, meaning it’s the first 911 Carrera derivative to very nearly touch 500hp, with a 480hp total output. Torque has been upped by 20Nm to a maximum of 570Nm.

Satin black styling is again a feature of the body trim, with Sport Design bumpers once again used to visually distinguis­h the GTS from its Carrera S sister. The GTS in 992 form once again comes with centre-lock wheels borrowed from the Turbo, riding on a PASM Sport chassis which reduces the GTS’S ride height by 10mm over the equivalent Carrera S.

Porsche has taken things a step further for some aspects of the new GTS though. For example, while customers still get a choice between 8-speed

PDK or 7-speed manual transmissi­ons, the shifter for manual cars has been shortened, intensifyi­ng the throw for the driver. Also for the first time, the GTS rides on what is essentiall­y Turbo-spec suspension, with rear helper springs improving comfort while still offering dynamic driving capabiliti­es. Bigger, Turbo-spec brake discs have also been deployed on each axle to help the 480hp GTS scrub speed more effectivel­y. The 992 GTS does though retain the 911’s 1,852mm widebody, as per the rest of the Carrera line-up, rather than utilising the 992 Turbo’s super-wide 1,880mm body.

For the first time, a Lightweigh­t Design Package is available on the GTS, which saves approximat­ely 25 kilograms of mass from the latest 911. Porsche has not stated specifical­ly where this weight is saved, but has indicated less sound insulation will be used, which should also exacerbate the shrill of the Porsche Sports Exhaust (PSE), which has long come as standard specificat­ion on the GTS range. On-board infotainme­nt comes courtesy of the latest PCM 6.0 with Android Auto.

Available across Coupe and Cabriolet body styles in both rear and allwheel drive, plus Targa in all-wheel drive, customers may order their GTS immediatel­y, with first deliveries taking place from August. Prices for the GTS Coupe start at £108,920 in the UK.

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