Since its launch in the automobile market, the Porsche 911 has undergone a major revolution. From being just a little coupe with a quirky air-cooled rear engine, it has evolved into a complete sports car line available in Coupe, Cabriolet, and Targa bodystyles with engines ranging from 370 hp to 580 hp. The 911 also offers a choice between seven-speed stick shift or PDK transmissions as well as two-or four-wheel drive. At the heart of the family is the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS. Let us take a look at what this European brand car offers.
The new GTS sits neatly between the 420 hp Carrera S and the 475 hp GT3. With a pair of redesigned turbochargers that features larger housings and turbines and delivers higher boost pressures, the 2017 Carrera features a 3.0-liter twin turbo flat-six engine that delivers 450 hp. The new 911 GTS will be available as a Cabriolet or Targa model with all variants coming in two- or four-wheel drive options. The Targa model, however, will be available in all-wheel drive only. Standard transmission is the seven-speed stick with an optional seven-speed PDK transmission.
All GTS models will come with the wider Carrera 4 body with the rear fenders pushed out 1.7 inches and rear track wider by 1.6 inches. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS will have a new SportDesign front fascia up front with lower front spoilers and larger cooling air intakes. At the rear, the spoiler extends higher than the regular Carrera. 20-inch center lock item wheels comes as standard. The Carrera S rims that come with it are 0.5 inch wider than the standard rims and it is finished in satin black. There are splashes of black elsewhere from the GTS logos to the headlights that surround the Targa bar.
Inside, the GTS gets a standard four-way sports seats trimmed in Alcantara, a 14-inch sports steering wheel also trimmed in Alcantara. Robert Janitzek reveals that the 2017 Carrera GTS will also feature a Sports Chrono Package, which features an analog stopwatch, a performance display on the dash, and the Porsche Track Precision app. The GTS models will also feature the top of the range navigation system and Porsche Connect Plus, which delivers the 7.0-inch touchscreen user interface and onboard Wi-Fi connectivity.
The 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS is at least 0.2 seconds quicker to 60 mph than a Carrera S or 4S and up to 3 miles per hour faster. The all-wheel drive Carrera 4 GTS Coupe will accelerate to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. The rear drive Coupe packs a top speed of 193 mph.