The "GTS" badge has become a mid-level trim in the current Porsche lineup, and at least one reviewer thinks of the 911 Carrera GTS as the best 911 of the range. Alex Goy of XCAR recently proclaimed the RWD and PDK-equipped GTS he drove as "the ultimate 911 model."
According to him, the 911 Turbo and Turbo S are too fast for normal consumption and the 911 GT3 is simply too hardcore as a daily driver, while the base 911 Carrera is a bit too... tame. His answer to "What is the best 911 out there?" is therefore the GTS. Every current Porsche sans the 918 Spyder is also featuring a GTS version. In fact, the first car to bear the GTS moniker in modern Porsche history was the Cayenne, a model that has almost nothing in common with the original Porsche 904/Carrera GTS or even the later 928 GTS.
Don’t think that I’m in any way against the 911 GTS though, as the model is actually more than welcome in my fantasy car garage. It’s just that from some perspectives, it is just a nicer-looking Carrera S with the Powerkit and some standard features that would cost extra on lesser models. In other words, it doesn’t seem special enough to justify it being called "best 911 version."
Click past the jump to learn more about the 911 Carrera GTS.
Introduced as a special model when the 997 generation of the 911 was nearing the end of production, the modern Carrera GTS sold out so fast that it persuaded Porsche to add it as a standard model in the latest 911 generation. Nowadays, the Carrera GTS sits atop of the Carrera S and under the 911 GT3 in terms of both performance and starting price.
Powered by a naturally aspirated, 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that develops 424 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, you wouldn’t be wrong in thinking that the 911 Carrera GTS offers the same output as a Carrera S with the Porsche Exclusive Powerkit. Besides that, the model differentiates by featuring a wider rear axle on both RWD and AWD models, Turbo S center-lock wheels, a GT3-inspired front-end and some other bits and pieces that pretty much make the model unique. Since a Carrera S fitted with the options found standard on the GTS would actually cost more than its bigger brother, you may look at the GTS as the thinking man’s 911, and a "bargain."