The GTS moniker has made a triumphant return to the 992-generation 911 range in Australia with the option of a manual gearbox.
The 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS will join the rest of the 911 lineup on Australian shores early next year priced from $314,800 before on-road costs.
The GTS sits between the Carrera S and Turbo in the Porsche 911 range. It offers a semblance of the lightweight and handling upgrades made to the high-revving GT3 but with all the creature comforts for daily living.
Porsche also offers the GTS in a wide range of body styles. Naturally, the classic coupe will be available, but the Stuttgart marque will also bring convertible and Targa body styles to Australia.
As you’d expect a 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-six engine is slung over the rear axle. In GTS trim, the motor produces 353kW of power and 569Nm of torque – increases of 22kW and 41Nm over the Carrera S.
Buyers will be able to choose how they want their grunt delivered, too. Both coupe and convertible variants are rear-wheel-drive standard. All-weather friendly AWD Carrera 4 variants are available for an extra $19,200.
Porsche has paid particular attention to upgrades that not only make the GTS quicker than the Carrera S (it’ll get to 100km/h as fast as 3.3 seconds) but also more engaging. Porsche only offers the seven-speed manual gearbox is on the Carrera GTS coupe, the throws have been shortened for a more visceral shift.
Aside from the coupe, every other Carrera GTS employs an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. The PDK ‘box is available as a no-cost option on the GTS coupe as well. A specially developed sports exhaust system with less sound insulation also features.
The GTS uses suspension components from the barnstorming 911 Turbo (including the clever helper springs) but they have been specifically tuned each GTS variant. Porsche has outfitted every GTS with 10mm lower springs and active suspension (PASM) as standard.
Other components borrowed from the Turbo include the monstrous brakes. That means six-piston front calipers grabbing 408mm discs will stop the Carrera GTS.
Following the sporty theme the GTS gets exterior details finished in black. This includes the headlights and trim pieces like the spoiler lip and engine cover. Smoked headlight surrounds complete the sinister look.
In the cabin of the GTS, you’ll find the Sport Chrono package standard, a GT steering wheel and the inclusion of Android Auto. Porsche outfits the GTS with electrically adjustable Sports Seats Plus appointed in Race Tex (Porsche’s suedecloth).
Cabin highlights – including the seatbelts and headrest embossing – are available in your choice of Carmine Red or Crayon. Whatever colour you choose, it will match the colour of the only analogue dial in the 992 – the tachometer.
Additionally, Porsche offers a lightweight package for GTS models. This swaps the electrically adjustable seats for carbon-reinforced bucket seats. It also sees Porsche fit lightweight side glass, a lighter battery and deletes the rear seats to save 25kg.
Australian cars feature extra creature comforts. Touches like a heated steering wheel, heated seats, Bose sound system with DAB radio should make the GTS an even easier daily companion.
Safety equipment is also higher in Australia, with the GTS featuring a 360-degree camera, lane-departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, and AEB with pedestrian detection.
Prices listed are before on-road costs.
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