U nd another penalty: True to the motto 'stretch as stretch can ', Porsche is expanding its cult series with the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS. Anyone who missed the entry into the limited special edition Sports Classic and Speedster will now also find what they are looking for in the series - at least in terms of engine power. The Carrera GTS, which now uses the decently large modular system of the 911 family, can now also take off with 408 hp.
However, if you want to distinguish the newcomer from the 911 models already on the market, you need a keen eye. The 44 millimeter wider rear jaws of the four-wheel-drive models are just as unnoticeable as the accompanying wider track. Only the black lacquered central locking rims in the RS Spyder design, which come as standard with the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS package, could provide connoisseurs with an unmistakable indication of the most powerful of all naturally aspirated 911s below the sports models marked with the letters GT. This is all the more true as the aerodynamic kit mounted on the test car is not part of the standard equipment.
More power and less weight
In the sporty upgraded interior with the Alcantara-covered seat shells and the Likewise disguised three-spoke sports steering wheel one thinks to feel the power increase anyway. The first exit in the 911 with all the character traits typical of the 911 - as if there were: flawless turning behavior, minimal body movements, PDK gearbox that shifts into gears without delay in sport mode (surcharge) - underlines this impression. Whether it is due to the reduced weight achieved by eliminating the rear seats as standard, that the additional power of 23 hp compared to the Porsche 911 Carrera S actually seems noticeable, or the subjective feeling due to the sportier look of the cockpit, remains to be seen.
911 with top speed over 300 km /h
In any case, the six-cylinder boxer, which delivers its maximum output at 7,300 instead of 6500 rpm, now appears silky in the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS. The fuller torque curve in the lower and middle speed range is also believable - although shifting lazy driving wasn't a real problem in the Porsche 911 Carrera S either. However, everyone has to decide for themselves whether the top speed increased to 304 km /h makes them happier.