We’ve been spying prototypes for the new GTS for several months now, including prototypes for coupe, convertible and even targa bodystyles. Now, Motor Trend journalist Jonny Lieberman has posted on his Twitter account that the new GTS will be at the L.A. Auto Show and that it will feature a “992” chassis code instead of the regular 991 code used for the current 911 range.
It’s possible the 992 chassis code is Porsche’s new designation for its facelifted 911 range, which has also been spied and is expected to arrive for the 2016 model year. This would make the new GTS the first model in that range (prototypes of the facelifted 911 feature the same visual updates as the new GTS, particularly those found in the front section of the cars). In Porsche tradition, the facelifted 911 range would use a “991.2” designation so perhaps this could explain the 992 code mentioned on Twitter.
Porsche’s GTS models are aimed at buyers after something sportier than the regular S models but aren’t looking for something as hardcore as a GT3 or Turbo. The previous-generation 911 Carrera GTS came with more power than the Carrera S as well as improved aerodynamics and the wider body of the Carrera 4 model, and we expect the new one to feature similar upgrades.
Stay tuned for an update.