Carrera GTS proves there is life in 911 yet
IT seems amazing, now, that not all that long ago Porsche was near the point of ditching the 911. Will it ever? Could it? Here is the latest, the Carrera GTS, on sale in time for Christmas at a very cheery £76,758.
For that you get a 402bhp version of the 3.9 litre flat-six engine in a rear-wheel-drive chassis. By doing without the 4x4 transmission it keeps the weight and price down and gives the sportiest drivers handling to explore. It has a wider rear track, with bodywork to cover the girth of the 305/30 rubber.
The power gain is 22.6bhp over a regular Carrera S. How? A Porsche boffin explains: “A special resonance intake manifold has six vacuum-controlled tuning flaps that switch between power and torque optimised geometry, whereas in a Carrera S power unit there is only one tuning flap.” Simple, really.
The GTS delivers its maximum power 200rpm earlier. You are looking at 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds with the full house PDK Sport Plus gearbox. That’s just 0.1 seconds faster than the £72,894 standard car.
You’ll probably not feel that bit extra but you will not need to be a Walter Rohrl to notice the GTS sports exhaust system with two dual tailpipes producing a bespoke sound. The outer shells of the exhaust pipes are painted in black and their inner tubes are polished on the outside and nano-coated. Hmm. Tasty for the boys in the Camshaft Arms. Come and look at my nano tubes. First, though, note the 19in RS Spyder wheels (black centres and gloss rims), black side skirts and so on. The GTS is a road racer that will get most attention when it is parked somewhere very public. Economy: about 28mpg overall, with 240g/km of CO2. Also available as a convertible, for £83,493. The prices include free tuition at Porsche’s Silverstone Performance Centre.
■ Last weekend at Silverstone, Porsche clinched the manufacturer, driver and team titles in the GT2 class of the Le Mans Series, using the 911 GT3 RSR. Defeated rivals included the Ferrari F430GT, BMW M3 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage. With more than 28,000 race victories, Porsche remains the brand with most wins in the history of motor sport.
ON THE BEACH: The new Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet and Coupé.