2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS first drive review: the bargain 911 Page 2


All GTS models enjoy a power boost as well, thanks to larger components for the turbine, compressor, and housing, and 18 psi of boost pressure instead of 16 for the S model. That increases horsepower from 420 to 450 and torque from 368 to 405 pound-feet. The horsepower peak is at the same at 6,500 rpm, but the torque comes on a little later, with peak torque arriving at 2,150 rpm and continuing through 5,000 rpm instead of the 1,700 to 5,000 rpm range of the S model. That's what you get with bigger turbos.

The extra power comes at a cost to fuel economy. With the 7-speed manual transmission, all GTS models are rated at 18 mpg city, 26 highway, 21 combined. With the 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, the ratings are 20/26/23 mpg. Those ratings compare to 20/29/23 with the manual and 22/28/24 with the PDK in the S model. That's also what you get with bigger turbos.

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The power upgrade alone would likely be a $12,000-$15,000 package were it available, but it's not offered...yet. The other goodies are worth another $15K easy. While the 911 Carrera S starts at $104,450, the 911 Carrera GTS coupe runs $120,050, a $15,600 premium. The Carrera 4 GTS coupe is priced at $126,950, the Cabriolet starts at $132,350, and the Carrera 4 Cabriolet and Targa 4 GTS both come in at $139,250. All models have a similar price premium over their S variants.

A real performer

All of these upgrades add up to real, measurable performance, not that the 911 Carrera S isn't impressive already. A 911 Carrera 4 GTS coupe can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, 0.3 seconds quicker than the fastest S model, and the GTS coupe can reach a top speed of 193 mph, two clicks faster than its S counterpart.

With all the performance goodies, a GTS coupe lapped the Nürburgring in just 7 minutes, 26 seconds, which is four seconds faster than the Carrera S and almost two seconds faster than the legendary Carrera GT supercar of a decade ago. Porsche threw its new track-focused Pirelli P-Zero Nero Corsa N0 tires on it and that time dropped to 7:22.

2017 Porsche 911 GTS Targa 4

2017 Porsche 911 GTS Targa 4

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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet

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2017 Porsche 911 GTS Targa 4

2017 Porsche 911 GTS Targa 4

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Touring Cape Town

Porsche invited Motor Authority to Cape Town to not only drive the 911 GT on the track, but to also experience it along a couple of beautiful coastal routes in a country that has shed its disgraceful apartheid past but is still recovering from that injustice.

My first exposure to the 911 GTS is in a yellow Cabriolet along one of those coastal routes.

Despite driving a left-hand drive car on the wrong side of the road, I'm immediately enamored with this car and this city. The turbos don't detract from the experience. They only enhance it, adding a turbo whoosh to the classic Porsche flat-6 wail. Power is plentiful across the rev range. Yes, the GTS' power comes on 450 rpm after the S model's but I can't notice it. In a drag race, the S might win an a 0 to 20 or 30 mph sprint, but the GTS' power advantage really starts coming on at about 3,000 rpm and it will beat the S to 60 and continue to walk away as the speedometer climbs upward.


 
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