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2017 Detroit Motor Show: Porsche 911 GTS revealed

By Daniel DeGasperi, 09 Jan 2017 News

2017 Detroit Motor Show: Porsche 911 GTS revealed

Series II version of Carrera S and GT3 inbetweener scores 331kW/550Nm

Where a new Porsche 911 goes a Carrera GTS version will soon follow – as is the case with the current 991 Series II and this new 331kW twin-turbo peg between Carrera S and GT3.

Globally launched this week and already on-sale in Australia, the 911 Carrera GTS costs $279,000 and $305,100 in rear-drive coupe and cabriolet guise respectively, $295,100 and $316,600 as a 4 all-wheel drive coupe and cabriolet, and $316,600 for the 4-only Targa.

In base form that represents a $26,500 increase over the 911 Carrera S, and in each case the 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged flat six-cylinder engine leaps from 309kW/500Nm to 331kW/550Nm in the 911 Carrera GTS, the latter from 2150rpm to 5000rpm.

Porsche 911 GTS rear drivingWith the optional seven-speed PDK automatic transmission and standard SportChrono package with launch control, the 911 GTS coupe sprints from zero to 100km/h in 3.6 seconds, down from 3.9sec in the equivalent 911 Carrera S and surpassing the 3.9sec $294,325 Mercedes-AMG GT.

Meanwhile the 911 GTS allows the PDK-only, 3.8-litre naturally aspirated 911 GT3 to keep its power (3.8sec) and performance (3.5sec) crown, at $293,200.

Assisting with the sprint gains are wider 305mm rear tyres in the GTS, up from 295mm in the Carrera S.

Porsche 911 GTS interiorBrace for those phat hips, too, because even the rear-driven GTS gets a wide body typically reserved for all-drive Carreras and above; along with the usual blacked-out exterior design detailing, 20-inch alloy wheels and Alcantara-clad steering wheel and touch points. Sports Plus buckets and a switchable sports exhaust are also standard.

The 911 Carrera GTS will be the last stop on the freight train of 991 Series II updates before the second round of motorsport-focused models lobbed, with the GT3 and/or GT3 RS all but confirmed to once again offer a six-speed manual transmission like the limited edition R.

Porsche 911 GTS group