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The 992 generation of the Porsche 911 has been around since 2018. In true Porsche fashion, the marque has a version of the 911 for everyone. The GTS version has always represented the balance between relative affordability, comfort, and performance. The new 992 GTS is already out testing and they didn’t even bother putting camouflage on it. In the past, GTS versions were like the swan song of each generation, foreshadowing the arrival of the next one. However, their success forced the manufacturer to include them as a regular variant. Here’s what you can expect.

Exterior

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With the exception of cars like the GT3 and GT2 RS, the Porsche 911’s different versions were never over the top when it came to their definitive design. Those who are more familiar with the 911 lineup will distinguish between a 911 Carrera S, Turbo S, or a GT3 Touring. It seems the same holds true for the 2021 GTS.

2022 Porsche 911 GTS (992) Exterior Spyshots
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Starting from the front, we see a new more aggressive front fascia with more clearly defined air intakes and vents, as opposed to the more angular grille design, we see on the 911 Carrera versions. On the side, things are virtually the same, except the new lightweight wheels, which now feature a center lock. At the rear, everything is familiar from the lesser 911 models. The only subtle difference can be found in the taillights, which are now clear instead of red. Overall, the 2021 911 GTS is both subtle and slightly more aggressive-looking than the base 911.

Interior

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The interior of the 2021 Porsche 911 GTS is still a mystery, but judging by previous generations, it will be pretty much the same as the other 911 interiors, with the exception of a few subtle touches. The 911’s driver-centric interior can be expected in the new GTS, as well. We can expect the GTS interior to have more carbon fiber and red stitching, as well as the GTS abbreviation embroidered on the headrests. We can also expect to have a different tachometer, most probably featuring a red background. Since it isn’t an all-out track-ready version like the GT3 RS, you will still get the full interior, including the rear seats.

Drivetrain

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The last version (991.2) of the 911 GTS was the first turbocharged GTS. It gave us 450 horsepower (331 kW) and 406 pound-feet (550 Nm) out of a 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine.

Since the GTS aims to bridge the gap between the Carrera models and the Turbo, we can expect an output of around 475 horsepower for the upcoming 992 GTS.

This means that despite being heavier than its predecessor, the new 2021 Porsche 911 GTS should still offer slightly better acceleration than the 3.4-second 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) time of the 991.2 GTS. At the same time, the top speed is expected to be in the 195 mph (314 km/h) range. The gearbox is still expected to be the tried and tested eight-speed PDK. The last GTS sent the power to the rear wheels only, but with the facelift of the 991, came an all-wheel-drive version too. We can expect the same on the upcoming model. As of yet, there’s no indication that the 2021 911 GTS will feature mild-hybrid technology.

Prices

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We have to wait for another two months before we get the exact price figures, but we can get a pretty good idea if we look at the prices for the previous generation. A base 911 Carrera (991.2) had a sticker price of around $85,000. For the GT3 RS, starting prices were around $153,000. The GTS is meant to be in-between the two, which is why the 991.2 GTS started at $124,000. The 992 Carrera starts at $99,000, which is around $13,000 more than the previous generation. With the aforementioned figures in mind, we can expect the new GTS to start at around $130,000.

Competition

Jaguar F-Type P450

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The E-Type’s spiritual successor recently got a facelift, after being around since 2013. Although the latest addition, in terms of powertrain options, is the 2.0-liter turbo-four, we are going to focus on the well-known and loved 5.0 V-8 variant. The closest analog to the 911 GTS is the F-Type P450, which has the same 5.0-liter V-8 from the R model but detuned to 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 428 pound-feet (580 Nm). However, whilst the 992-generation is a completely new model, despite the usual for the 911 similarities with previous generations, the “Jag” is starting to show its age, especially in terms of the chassis and infotainment system. In Europe, the Jaguar F-Type P450 starts at just over €90,000, which is the equivalent of just over $107,000. This makes it more affordable than the Porsche, but with a less-sportier chassis and a dry weight of almost 3,850 pounds (1,750 kg), it will not be a match for the 992 GTS. The 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) sprint happens in 4.4 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 177 mph (285 km/h). Power goes to the rear, or optionally to all four wheels, through an eight-speed ZF automatic.

Read our full review on the Jaguar F-Type P450

Chevrolet Corvette C8

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Here’s an interesting one. The Corvette is in its eighth generation and it finally got a mid-engine setup. Just like the 911 is the go-to sports car in Germany, the Corvette is the go-to sports car in the US. At a starting price of $59,995, the C8 Corvette is by far the cheapest mid-engine high-performance car, you can currently get. However, in Europe, starting prices are set at €99,000. Even so, you still get a lot of performance, for the money. Power comes from a 6.2-liter pushrod V-8 with cylinder deactivation, providing better fuel economy, when you are not using the full power. The maximum output is rated at 495 horsepower (369 kW) and 470 pound-feet (637 Nm). This, combined with an all-new chassis and an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic translates into a 2.8-second sprint to 60 mph (97 km/h) and a top speed of 194 mph (312 km/h).

Read our full review on the Chevrolet Corvette C8

Conclusion

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The new Porsche 911 GTS is almost here and is the latest version of what is considered the sweet spot for most 911 enthusiasts. Besides the mighty Turbo S, this is the most powerful 911 with comfort in mind and while many enthusiasts revel in the fact that the GT3 has a slightly more restrained Touring version, the GTS gives you plenty of power, without sacrificing comfort. This perfect balance is what made Porsche include the GTS in the regular lineup, instead of making it a swan song for every generation, in recent years.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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