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Video: Motor Trend Pits Porsche’s 911 GTS Against BMW’s M4 CS

300 KmPH on the German Autobahn in a pair of Germany’s best sports coupes isn’t a bad way to spend the day, even when it is raining. Following that up with a day at the Nürburgring is perhaps the best weekend we could ever imagine. MotorTrend’s Jethro « DeathRow » Bovingdon and Jonny « LoverMan » Lieberman take these two German four-seat turbocharged 6-cylinder sports cars for a few days of testing, and come away impressed. And deservedly so. Both of these cars are basically the best version of each model, though the BMW is a bit more track focused.

Is Porsche’s best road-going 911 enough to take on the M4 CS?

Following a glorious day of lapping in the sunshine at the Nurburgring, the pair of video hosts haul these two sports coupes down to Austria to take a gorgeous mountain pass in a snowstorm. They’ve given both of these cars a thorough test in multiple different wild conditions. While the M4 is a great car, we know which of these we’d prefer. The 991.2 is an incredible performance machine, while also remaining seriously comfortable. We loved the 991.1 GTS, and imagine the .2 version to be more of the same.

The conclusion that they come to shouldn’t really surprise anyone who has driven a 991.2 or a BMW M4; The M4 CS is the best car BMW’s M division makes right now, it feels like a motorsport product, and it’s different and special, but it’s not as good as the 911 GTS. The 911 is ‘about as good as a sports car gets‘, and it does everything – road, track, mountain driving, commuting – better than the BMW. Further than that, it’s just plain more beautiful.

As Jonny says of the 911, « It’s kind of the perfect weapon« . That’s the highest praise we can think of for a great 911.

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GTS showdown: 997 v 991.1 v 991.2

It is ironic that in the week Porsche delivered to us a 991.2 Carrera GTS for testing, the UK government announced it is to ban the sale of all internal combustion-engined vehicles by 2040, following in the footsteps of our French governmental comrades which introduced an identical deadline for the final sales of gasoline-powered cars. Meanwhile, Porsche itself has been busy making significant inroads towards production of electric-only sports cars, recently announcing it is to pull out of the WEC LMP1 class in favour of a venture into the electric-only Formula E racing series. This is part of its motorsporting mission to develop sports cars of the future.

There’s no question the end is nigh for the internal combustion engine then, and therefore the motor vehicle as we know it. This of course makes for a fascinating backdrop to a group test here involving three 911 contemporary GTS models seeking to emulate a traditional driving experience.

Produced with driver purity in mind, Porsche introduced the GTS moniker to its 911 range in 2011 with the advent of the 997 Carrera GTS. Something of a parts-bin special to mark the end of 997 production, the first 911 GTS came with a lavish specification, including some one-off details exclusive to Porsche’s new model. The result was a sharper, more focused drive, available across Coupe and Cabriolet body styles in a choice of both rear and four-wheel-drive.

The new GTS proved a commercial sales success for Porsche, those 997-generation cars selling fast for £76,758 and never really dipping below £50,000. Today, a 997 GTS will set you back around the same figure as its original list price, a phenomenal achievement for a 911 Carrera just over five years old.

It is little wonder, then, that Porsche expanded the GTS moniker into an entire sub-brand, enamouring its Boxster, Cayman, Cayenne, Macan and Panamera models with the specification. Naturally this also continued on the 911 with the 991.1, those GTS cars the last 911 Carreras to be fitted with a naturally-aspirated engine, and finally the latest 991.2 generation, released in January 2017. Each car is essentially the pinnacle of its respective Carrera lineup, but which is best of the three GTS 911 generations produced by Porsche to date?

To decide, we gathered a delectable model from each generation for a fast road test along the twisty asphalt of the Suffolk countryside. The specification of our cars are intentionally as close to that ‘purist’ GTS blueprint as possible, so they’re all rear-wheel-drive Coupés, although the Riviera blue example is PDK, while the other two are fitted with a manual transmission. In keeping with the chronological order in which they were released, we begin our test with a seat in the 997…

To see the full feature, get your hard copy of Total 911 issue 158 here or download to your digital device from Newsstand. 


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Porsche 911 GTS : la « trilogie » Porsche de 450 ch dévoilée au salon de Detroit !

Porsche dévoile au salon de Detroit, les trois versions GTS (Coupé, Cabriolet et Targa) de la référence 911. Fortes de 450 ch, ces nouvelles versions s’intercalent entre entre les 911 Carrera S de 420 ch et 911 Turbo de 540 ch. On ne change pas une équipe qui gagne et depuis longtemps. Ces trois superbes 911 reprennent l’ensemble des éléments stylistiques propres aux trois lettres « GTS ». Les 911 GTS profitent bien sûr du récent restylage de la Supercar allemande mais ce sont surtout 20 ch de puissance supplémentaire comparativement aux anciennes versions. Ce sont donc 450 ch qui son développés et […]


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11 quick facts about the new Porsche 911 GTS

Nobody can accuse Porsche of not exploiting an opportunity, the Gen2 Porsche 991 GTS arriving less than 18 months after the standard 911 Carrera range adopted the 9A2 turbocharged 3.0-litre flat six engine. The third iteration of the Porsche 911 GTS follows that of its illustrious predecessors, its role to bridge the void between the Carrera S and the GT department’s GT3 and GT3 RS models.

If the Porsche 997 GTS and 991.1 GTS’ reputation and popularity are any measure, the new car is certain to be not just a huge success, but a desirable, sought-after model, with the promise of sensational performance, sharper dynamic ability and a lengthy specification as standard. Here’s 11 facts about the new Porsche 911 GTS that caught our eye:


1) The most powerful Carrera yet

We’ll say that again, 450hp, that up 30hp on the 420hp Porsche 911 Gen1 GTS it replaces. Astonishingly, that’s just 6hp shy of what the Porsche 959 produced, or, if you want a more contemporary reference, it’s the same power as a 997 Gen2 GT3 RS. Damn. Don’t you just love progress?


2) More torque than a GT3 RS

That hp figure is backed with some substantial twist, the boosted output of the 9A2 engine seeing its torque output increase from 500Nm in a Carrera S, to 550Nm from 2,150rpm right through to 5,000rpm. By comparison a 991 GT3 RS or 911 R only manages 460Nm, and at far higher revs…


3) GTS immediately available across full Carrera lineup

The Porsche 911 GTS badge might feature on the rump and leading edges of the doors of Coupe, Cabriolet, Targa, PDK, manual rear- and four-wheel drive models, but Porsche insiders have always admitted that the only ‘true’ GTS is the purest; that being a manual, rear-wheel drive coupe. That’s certain to remain the case here.

911 Targa 4 GTS, 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet und 911 Carrera 4 GTS


4) Coupe gains PASM Sports suspension as standard

Underlining the Coupe’s true GTS status is the fact only it comes with the full PASM Sports Chassis, which lowers the car by a further 10mm over the already 10mm drop that PASM gives all other GTS models from the Carrera’s standard suspension.


5) Wider track, greater stability and cornering pace

As with previous generations of Porsche 911 GTS, the new GTS models feature the Carrera 4’s widebody, the rear bodywork spanning some 1,852mm across the rear. Agility sharpening rear-axle steering will remain an option on all, and one Total 911 recommends to enjoy the very best of what the new Porsche 911 GTS line can offer.


6) Smoked rear lenses

Black features heavily throughout the GTS’s design addenda once again, this time accompanied by rear lights that are smoked to complement the theme. The Targa’s rear glass is smoked, while the roll bar gets the murdered-out black treatment, too – a first on the 991 series Targa.

911 Targa 4 GTS


7) Revised turbochargers

Allowing for the Porsche 911 GTS’s increased output is a revised turbocharger set-up on the 3.0-litre flat-six engine. Spinning faster, the new turbochargers increase boost pressure to the benefit of not just maximum output, but responsiveness across the entire rev range. The standard, re-tuned, switchable Sports exhaust should mean it has voice to go with its greater urgency, too.


8) Quicker than an R, faster than a GT3 RS

The quickest accelerating Porsche 911 GTS is the Carrera 4 GTS Coupe with PDK, it reaching 62mph in a 911 R bettering 3.6 seconds. You’ll not match that outright sprinting ability in the ‘true’ GTS manual Coupe, but with rear-wheel drive it makes the most of its lesser mass, being the fastest, with a quoted top speed of 194mph.


9) New front apron, higher rear spoiler

The 991.2 GTS presents a new face to the world, the Sport Design front apron more than a visual tweak, it, allied to the greater reach of the rear spoiler when extended reducing lift on both the front and rear axles over the standard Carrera S models.


10) Improved agility and engagement

With the previous Porsche 911 GTS models the detail revisions to the suspension, drivetrain and aerodynamics have added up to a greater whole. We fully anticipate that’ll be the case with the new Porsche 991 GTS, with sharper reaction and richer detail from the steering, a tauter chassis mated with sophisticated ride quality, and improved speed and precision from the both the manual seven-speed and PDK paddle-shifted transmissions.


11) Optimised equipment

With its greater driver focus all Porsche 991.2 GTS’s come equipped with Sport Chrono Package, which includes dynamic engine mounts and the steering wheel-mounted Mode switch. The Track Precision app also gets an update with the arrival of the Porsche 911 GTS, with greater smartphone connectivity for improved analysis of driving data on tracks.

Interieur 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet





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Spyshot : Porsche 911 GTS

Le renouvellement de l’icône au catalogue du constructeur de Zuffenhausen se poursuit. Et actuellement mise au point sous ces différentes carrosseries se profile la prochaine 911 GTS. C’est évidemment du côté du Nürbugring que les équipes du constructeur allemand planchent actuellement sur le développement, la mise au point et les différents réglages châssis de la […]



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