2018 Porsche 911 Carrera and Targa GTS offer greater performance

Porsche ups the ante

The five models of the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera and Targa GTS – the 911 Carrera GTS (RWD), 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe and Cabriolet (AWD), and the 911 Targa 4 GTS – are touted as the most powerful and sportiest variants of the 911 Carrera/911 Targa model line, designed for drivers seeking everyday usability and even greater performance.

The new 911 GTS models are powered by a three-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine that develops 450 hp at 6,500 rpm and 405 lb. ft. of torque between 2,150 and 5,000 rpm. The new engine is 30 hp more than the 911 Carrera S, and 20 hp more than the previous 911 GTS predecessor model with naturally aspirated engine.

This increase in power comes courtesy of newly developed turbochargers that feature a 3mm larger turbine, a 4mm larger wheel, compressor and housing, as well as a higher boost pressure (18 psi (1.25 bar) compared to 16 psi (1.1 bar) on the S models), resulting in improved torque characteristics, quicker acceleration and an even higher top track speed. All 911 GTS models accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour at least 0.2 seconds faster than the current S/4S models.

The quickest version is the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe with PDK, which reaches this speed in just 3.4 seconds. GTS models are up to three miles per hour faster than the respective S/4S models and feature a top track speed in excess of 189 miles per hour. The Coupe with manual transmission and rear-wheel drive reaches the highest top track speed of any 911 GTS at 193 miles per hour (2 miles per hour more than the comparable 911 Carrera S model).

However, the performance of a GTS is not defined by sheer power alone, but also by its sound. The Sport Exhaust system with center-mounted tailpipes in high-gloss black promotes the inimitably sonorous note of the flat-six engine. The GTS-specific engine and exhaust flap control calibration combined with reduced sound insulation give the GTS models a particularly emotional sound and accentuate the classic 911 soundtrack, underscoring the vehicle’s character.

As on the 911 Carrera S/4S and Targa 4S models, rear-axle steering is available as an option for the 911 GTS. This system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels at speeds of up to around 31 miles per hour, which effectively shortens the wheelbase. This reduces the turning circle, significantly improves steering behavior in corners and promotes nimble handling.

The new GTS models do not just stand out from other 911 models in terms of technology, but also through their design. All GTS vehicles feature the 911 Carrera 4 body with 1.73 inch (44 millimeter) wider rear wheel arches and the 1.57 inch (40 millimeter) greater track width of the all-wheel drive 911.

The new SportDesign front fascia with black spoiler lip and larger air intakes gives the GTS models their own distinctive look. The front end and lower front spoiler have been aerodynamically optimized. Combined with the rear spoiler, which extends higher than on the 911 Carrera S, this reduces lift on the front and rear axle.

The larger air intakes also increase cooling, which improve braking efficiency driving dynamics and performance. Bi-Xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and satin black headlight washer jet housings are standard. LED headlights with black surrounds are available as an option.

The 911 GTS’ interior features a standard Sport Seats Plus (4-way electric) that offers a high level of comfort and lateral support. The seat centers are finished in Alcantara and has a new stitching pattern on the seat surface.

The GT Sport steering wheel with a 14.1 inch (360 millimeter) diameter and Alcantara® rim is also standard. Decorative stitching and a tachometer in a contrasting color are also available as an option by selecting the GTS Interior Pack-Anodized and brushed black aluminum trim creates a particularly sporty ambiance. The GTS logo is embossed on the door sill panels in black.

The optional GTS Interior Package includes a full leather interior, colored seat belts, stitched logos on the headrests, and stitching on seats and floor mats in Carmine Red or Rhodium Silver. The tachometer is also painted in the selected color. This option includes Carbon Fiber interior trim on the dashboard, center console and the doors.