Porsche unveiled the first GTS version of the 911 Carrera in 2010. That’s might not be long enough to consider the 911 GTS a classic, but the GTS moniker is an important part of the brand’s heritage, as it harkens back to the 904 GTS race car of the mid-1960s. Designed to bridge the gap between the 911 Carrera and the track-ready GT3, the 911 GTS quickly made a name for itself as a purist’s car by ways of a more powerful, naturally aspirated flat-six and various special features inside and out.

Discontinued in 2010, after only two years on the market, the GTS didn’t return when Porsche launched the 991-generation 911. Its comeback took place in 2014, when it received a 430-horsepower engine and a racier look. However, the arrival of the 991.2 facelift, which replaced the Carrera’s all-motors with a turbocharged units, made the GTS’ future rather uncertain. No longer available on the company’s North American website, the GTS will either go turbo or disappear altogether.

But while Porsche has yet to say what fate awaits the GTS, it did launch a special-edition model for the 2015 Rennsport Reunion V. Meet the GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition, probably the last naturally aspirated GTS sold in the U.S.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition.

  • 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition
  • Year:
    2016
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  • Engine:
    flat-6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    430
  • Displacement:
    3.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.2 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    190 mph
  • Price:
    148335
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Exterior

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As you’d expect from a 911 that pays homage to the Rennsport Reunion, this bespoke 911 comes in a racing-inspired livery. Finished in a custom Fashion Grey color, the body also features decorative black and red decals on the front hood, roof, and rear deck lid. The doors sport black and red stripes and "Porsche" lettering, a feature borrowed from classic 911 models.

For a more striking appearance, Porsche Exclusive added a number of high-gloss black elements, such as the lower trim of the side mirrors, and the satellite radio antenna, in addition to a set of 20-inch, Sport Classic wheels. The LED headlamps with PDLS Plus also have black accents.

Interior

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Inside, the Rennsport Reunion Edition stands out thanks to a carbon-fiber dashboard trim above the glove compartment, bespoke door sills, and a Rennsport Reunion V logo on center console. A Fashion Grey painted key and a leather pouch featuring Carmine Red accents and "911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition" lettering courtesy of Porsche Exclusive are also included in the package.

The sports car is also equipped with the optional GTS Interior Package, which adds the SportDesign steering wheel and Carmine Red stitching on the door panels, dashboard, and floor mats. The headrests feature a GTS logo, while the tachometer and the seat belts have Carmine Red inserts.

Everything else is standard GTS equipment, which includes everything you get with the Carrera S plus leather-wrapped seats, Alcantara trim, satellite navigation, 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats Plus, and a Bose audio system.

Drivetrain

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition
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While the exterior and interior of this GTS were enhanced by various custom features, the drivetrain remained identical to the standard model. Specifically, power comes from a naturally aspirated, 3.8-liter flat-six rated at 430 horsepower. Although it was 30 horses more powerful than the Carrera S at the time of its launch in 2014, the GTS now has only 10 horses over the S. That’s because the 2015 facelift brought turbocharged engines in all 911 models but the GT3.

Unlike the standard GTS, which can be had with either a manual transmission or PDK, the Rennsport Reunion Edition is restricted to the manual gearbox. Although Porsche doesn’t say if this special-edition GTS comes with RWD or AWD, the 0-to-60 mph sprint of 4.2 seconds suggests the power goes to the rear axle.

Speaking of straight-line acceleration, the Rennsport Reunion Edition is a tenth-second slower than the newly turbocharged Carrera S, but that shouldn’t matter now that the naturally aspirated GTS might become extinct.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 3.8 liter flat-six engine
Output 430 HP
0 to 60 mph 4.2 seconds
Top Speed 190 mph

Safety

As with the standard GTS, the Rennsport Reunion Edition comes with anti-lock brakes, stability control, front-impact airbags, side-impact airbags, and overhead airbags, among other safety features.

Prices

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The Rennsport Reunion Edition is priced from $148,335, not including the $995 destination charge, which makes it a whopping $34,135 more expensive than the base GTS. That’s a big premium for the added Porsche Exclusive features, but it’s the limited production output that makes the Rennsport Reunion Edition that much more expensive. Only 25 units will be built, all to be sold exclusively in North America. And it’s probably already sold out!

Competition

Mercedes-AMG GT

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The Carrera GTS is unique for many reason, with the most important being that is features a rear-engined layout and that it gets its juice from a naturally aspirated powerplant. Though you won’t be able to find something similar in today’s market, there’s the Mercedes-AMG GT to consider. Sure, it has its engine at the front and uses forced induction, but it’s a good weapon against the GTS. Power comes from a 4.0-liter V-8 rated at 456 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, which propels the GT from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. A more powerful S model with 503 horses and 479 pound-feet will cover the distance in 3.7 ticks. Pricing for the AMG GT is not yet available, but the faster S version retails from $129,900.

Find out more about the Mercedes-AMG GT here.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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Also a front-engined sports cars, the Corvette Stingray uses a 6.2-liter V-8 engine, making one of the very few vehicles in this class not to employ forced induction. The V-8 cranks out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of twist when equipped with the Performance Exhausts and hits 60 mph from a standing start in 3.8 seconds. The Vette comes with an Active Fuel Management system that shuts down four cylinders, enabling it to return up to 30 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city. The Corvette Stingray retails from $55,400, which pretty much makes it a bargain compared to the 911 GTS.

Read more about the Corvette Stingray here.

Conclusion

Although the timing of the Rennsport Reunion Edition was just right for the Porsche Rennsport Reunion V, this special-edition GTS came at a time when the regular GTS is no longer available in the U.S. You see, when Porsche introduced the new, turbocharged 911 Carrera in September 2015, the GTS, launched in 2014, was taken down from Porsche’s North American webiste. This could very well mean that the current GTS was either the last of its kind to feature a naturally aspirated flat-six or either the final iteration of the nameplate. There’s no word on whether Porsche will turbocharge or simply discontinue the GTS, but both scenarios are likely to upset GTS purists. Either way, the Rennsport Reunion Edition will become a prized collectible in the near future.

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    • Significantly more expensive than standard model
    • Limited to only 25 units
    • Not available outside the U.S.
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Press Release

In honor of the fifth Rennsport Reunion®, Porsche has unveiled a special edition of the 911 Carrera GTS at this year’s gathering at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Rennsport Reunion Edition is limited to 25 units worldwide and will be sold exclusively in North America.

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition Wallpaper quality
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Built by Porsche Exclusive, the Rennsport Reunion Edition is based on the 430 hp 911 Carrera GTS. The limited edition production model is painted in the custom color Fashion Grey. Decorative black and red decals cover the front hood, the roof, and the rear decklid. The driver and passenger doors are decorated with black and red decals featuring the PORSCHE logotype. 20-inch Sport Classic wheels painted in high-gloss black give the Rennsport Reunion Edition a very striking appearance. The lower exterior trim of the side mirrors as well as the satellite radio antenna are also finished in high-gloss black. LED headlights in Black including PDLS Plus complete the black accents on the exterior.

Inside the 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition, both the Carbon Fiber dashboard trim above the glove compartment as well as the illuminated door-sill guards in Carbon Fiber display the designation of the special model. As part of the GTS Interior Package, the SportDesign steering wheel, the door panel trim, the dashboard trim, the floor mats, and the GTS logo on the headrests are all stitched in Carmine Red. The central tachometer and the seat belts also feature this color. The center compartment lid is embossed with the Rennsport Reunion V logo. The special appointments fitted by Porsche Exclusive are rounded out with a Fashion Grey painted vehicle key and a leather key pouch featuring Carmine Red accents and "911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition" lettering.

Available exclusively with a manual transmission, the 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition is powered by a 430 hp 3.8 liter flat-six engine, capable of propelling the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and on to a top track speed of 190 mph.

Other standard features on the car include 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats Plus, PASM Sport Suspension, a Bose® Audio Package, and Rear Park Assist. The MSRP for the 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition, which goes on sale immediately, is $148,335, not including the $995 destination charge.

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