Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS - Sport Car 365

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS – Sport Car 365

Photo: David Hauter

If you’re in the market for a Porsche 911, there’s no shortage of model options available. From the $106,100 911 Carrera to the new $223,800 911 GT3 RS, there are a plethora of models that add more power and features as you climb the ladder, and buyers also have a choice of coupe, Targa and convertible models.

They’re all premium sports cars, but the real nice place in the lineup might just be the car you see here, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe.

In terms of price and power, the 911 GTS models outperform the Carrera S and below the 911 GT3.

Buyers can choose between rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive with coupe and convertible models, while the Targa comes in all-wheel drive only. The move to all-wheel drive adds $7,300 to the rear-wheel drive GTS Coupe price, bringing the price to $149,900 for the Carrera 4 GTS Coupe.

Choosing all-wheel drive GTS models from a Targa or Cabriolet brings the price up to $162,700.

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All GTS models are powered by the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that develops 473 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 420 lb-ft. of torque from 2300-5000 rpm.

Those numbers increased by 30 horsepower and 23 pound-feet. On the Carrera S model, it’s just 29 horsepower shy of the 911 GT3. The GTS also delivers significantly more torque at lower engine speeds than the 346-pound 911 GT3s. at 6,100 rpm, which is due to the faster and more attractive nature of the GT3.

Buyers can choose between an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, or a 7-speed manual transmission.

Besides the increased power, which comes from a 14.5 percent increase in boost to 18.3 psi, the GTS has PASM (Porsche Active Stability Management) suspension that lowers ride height by 10mm and has unique dampers, as well as auxiliary springs On the rear axle was borrowed from the 911 Turbo.

The brakes are also borrowed from the 911 Turbo and measure 408mm in the front and 380mm in the rear, and the central locking wheels are raised from the Turbo S. Add to that the sporty exhaust and black accents that are part of the GTS look and feel upgrades, and you end up with a more purposeful and sportier Carrera than S.

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Inside, the GTS has plenty of Alcantara-like Race-Tex upholstery on the seat posts, steering wheel and door handles.

Our test car had the Carmine Red interior package, which features red stitching on the seats and dashboard, as well as carbon fiber trim instead of the standard brushed aluminum. One of the things I didn’t like about the cockpit was the bland gear lever of the dual-clutch automatic transmission, which seems a bit out of place here.

Porsche gives buyers four different seat options ranging from comfort seats to full bucket seats which is a great option if you plan to track the car.

Our car had comfortable seats, and it was still a lot supportive for sporty driving. And for the best performance, Porsche also offers a lightweight package that removes the rear seats and dampens the sound, as well as the lightweight glass and battery, which saves about 55 pounds.

All 911s are fast, and the Carrera 4 GTS is the fastest of the non-Turbo models, with a 3.1-second 0-60 mph sprint with the Sport Chrono option that was on our test car. That’s only three-tenths faster than the Carrera 4S but nine-tenths faster than the Carrera 4.

With more torque available at lower rpm and all-wheel drive, it’s also ten times faster than the 911 GT3.

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On the road, there are a few bugs in the 911 Carrera 4 GTS. It gives the driver a great experience behind the wheel, with a powerful, resilient engine paired with a high-speed dual-clutch transmission and felt brakes.

Most importantly, the feeling of handling and steering is exceptional. Grip from the front end when cornering into corners or on sharp turns is impressive, and there’s plenty of feel through the steering wheel and seat.

With most of the power sent to the rear wheels most of the time, you can still feel the rear-wheel drive but have all-wheel drive if you need it.

One of the great things about all the Porsche 911s is that although they have increased in size and heaviness over the years, they still feel like 911s, and this is also true of the current model line. You can get a base model 911 Carrera or 911 GT3 and know they come from the same place.

For those who may want to own a GT3 but want a higher level of comfort and ease of use without sacrificing too much in terms of performance, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS is a great choice.

Photo: David Hauter

David Hauter (Tweet embed) has been an automobile writer and photographer for the past 20 years. His writings and photographs have been published in Roundel, Bimmer, Forza, Excellence and SportsCarInsider.com as well as other automotive and racing magazines.

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