Car­rera GTS proves there is life in 911 yet

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - fred­eric.manby@ypn.co.uk

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.