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Porsche 991 Carrera GTS super test: Coupe, Cabriolet, Targa

GTS: three letters that, when siphoned together, evoke a strong yet wonderfully nostalgic sporting spirit in the Porsche world. As you’ll know, the legend started more than 50 years ago with the 904 Carrera GTS, a Targa Florio-winning car that gave rise to the infallible 917, and was reignited for the 911 production line in 2010 with the 997 Carrera GTS.

A run-out special with high quality options appointed as standard to the specification, a 997 GTS is an exquisite Carrera with genuine sporting intentions.

It’s a Total 911 favourite and, if that’s not reason enough for you to find similar endearment with it, just take a look at the classifieds to see its current value. Certainly, no other 997 outside of the GT2/3/RS line-up has enjoyed such refusal to significantly depreciate.

Porsche 991 Carrera GTS

Then came the 991 GTS, this time introduced for the first generation. Rolled out across Coupe and Cabriolet body styles in two and four wheel drive along with, for the first time, a Targa variant, worldwide Porsche marketing wasted little time in billing this new GTS line-up as ‘driving purity’.

And, in context with the rest of the first-generation 991 range, there’s a genuine case in favour of that PR slant emanating from Zuffenhausen: all are naturally aspirated and have a passive rear axle, with a manual gearbox offered as standard – a setup you’ll never see roll out of Werk II ever again.

However, such a blanket approach to the entire line-up would be naive. The rear-driven manual Coupe quickly found favour on our first drive back in issue 121 (culminating in a 4.5-star rating in our data file).

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Llanberis Pass

Yet Total 911’s writer extraordinaire, Kyle Fortune described the Cabriolet in all-wheel drive form with PDK as “evidence in spirit and reality that the GTS badge should be limited to a handful of models rather than the entire 911 line-up.”

There were similar musings too when the Targa was later unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show. Suddenly, Porsche had evolved the GTS moniker into an entire sub-brand within the 911 range, but has it proved the right thing to do?

It’s a question that Total 911 needed to investigate, and only a trip to our favourite blacktop in rural North Wales with every current GTS variant would suffice. That’s why I find myself sitting at the wheel of a Sapphire blue 991 GTS Cabriolet as I zip along the A55 past Anglesey.

To read our full Porsche 991 Carrera GTS super test, pick up Total 911 issue 133 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery or download it straight to your digital device now.

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS in car

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Top ten photos from Total 911 issue 133

From the very first 911 Turbos through to the latest Porsche 991 Carrera GTSs (via a 3.2 Carrera, 964s, a 993 RS and a host of 997s), Total 911 issue 133 has something for everyone.

We’ve scoured the cutting room floor for our ten favourite photos that just missed out on making it into the magazine and, as it happens, they give a pretty attractive roundup of what you can find inside issue 133. Enjoy:

We get behind the wheel of the original Turbo imitator, the Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera SSE.

Do the Cabriolet and Targa versions of the 991 Carrera GTS deserve to wear the iconic badge? We find out.

The Porsche 964 Carrera 2 and Carrera 4 go head to head in a battle of the drivetrains.

If you love your neunelfers with a bit of a boost, there's a history of 911 Turbos in issue 133.

Undeniably one of the greatest 911s ever built, the Porsche 997 GT2 RS has made it into our top six countdown.

Our latest super test took us and three Porsche 991 Carrera GTSs to some truly stunning scenery.

The business end of the last air-cooled Rennsport. Read all about it in our latest ultimate guide.

If you're looking for your next project, Beverley Hills Car Club may just have the perfect oddity for you, as we found out in a recent visit.

The most popular Porsche 911 generation ever takes the starring spot on issue 133's cover.

To read all of these great features, pick up Total 911 issue 133 in store now. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device for an immediate Porsche fix.

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Video: Total 911’s Porsche 991 Carrera GTS super test

With the new Porsche 991.2 Carrera marking the end of the road for naturally aspirated 911 Carreras, we’ve turned our eyes back to the Porsche 991 Carrera GTS line up in Total 911 issue 133.

We arranged a thrilling road trip through some of the best tarmac in Wales in order to test out all three versions of the last naturally aspirated Carrera and see if the Cabriolet and Targa styles deserve to join the Coupe and wear the fabled ‘GTS’ tag.

Beautifully filmed by Definitive, this short video gives you taste of what you can expect from our 991 GTS super test. Enjoy.

To read our Porsche 991 Carrera GTS super test, pick up Total 911 issue 133 in store now. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device for an immediate Porsche fix.

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11 photos that capture Total 911’s Welsh road trip

Issue 118 is full of incredible features, but the 991 supertest that saw us take all three 991 Carrera body styles to Wales for two days of driving nirvana stands out photographically thanks to snapper, Ali Cusick’s stunning shots.

Organised with military precision by editor, Lee, the entire trip ran like clockwork, with a trio of Sapphire Blue beauties accompanied by perfect weather.

Hopefully these 11 awesome shots whet your appetite to read the full feature, available in store and online now. Alternatively, you can download issue 118 straight to your digital device for an instant Porsche hit.

Even on monotonous dual carriageway, the latest 911 Carreras still prove captivating,

An eye for detail never goes amiss, even at speed.

Once into North Wales, the fun really began on some beguiling stretches of road.

The 991 Carrera 4S's composure is stunning.

Though the Targa doesn't fall too far behind in the dynamics stakes.

Our shoot went well into the evening on the first day, as dusk set over the hills of Snowdonia.

The next morning, there were more tests to carry out, and more tarmac to explore.

The Welsh weather proved conducive to plenty of open-top driving.

Deep in conversation, the Total 911 team discusses our opinions ahead of some much needed lunch.

Our backdrops always proved stunning.

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