What is it?
The new Porsche 911 GTS has been built, says the German company, for the kind of customer who quite fancies a 911 GT3 but who isn’t prepared to put up with the on-road compromises demanded by such a track-orientated car. Not day in, day out at any rate, reckons Porsche.
So it’s the car that fills the gap between the regular 911 Carrera S and the 911 GT3. Does that mean it’s the answer to a question no-one has yet bothered to ask? Or is it yet another clever manipulation of a marketplace that only Porsche seems to fully understand? The answer is a little bit of both.
The GTS specification brings a 10mm lowering of the ride height and the Sport Chrono Pack becomes a standard fitment. You also get an extra 30bhp from the 3.8-litre flat six, making 424bhp in total, while the track is wider at the back and the spring and damper rates retuned front and rear to produce keener responses than in the regular Carrera S.
Matt black 20-inch wheels also appear at all four corners, and keen 911 observers will spot that the headlight surrounds front and rear are finished in the same hue, as are the four exhaust pipes out of the back.
The interior is familiar in its main design but bespoke (ish) in its finishing, with GTS decals appearing on the seats and body coloured stitching for the sexy new Alcantara trim.