Porsche 911 Carrera GTS driven - Introduction
Lately, the permutations have been growing in seemingly never-ending numbers. Porsche has launched seven new variants of the 911 in the past 12 months, a sure sign that something's afoot. That something is an all-new 911 that will appear next autumn.
Meanwhile, the latest and last version of the current 911 is the Carrera GTS, available as either a coupe or cabriolet, and a perfect example of how Porsche can apply pizza-making principles to the business of producing some of the finest sports cars in the world.
The Carrera GTS is a sort of mid-point between the meat-feast Carrera S and the Diavolo that is the GT3: spicy, but easily digestible.
It pairs the 44mm wider body of the 911 Carrera 4 and Turbo with the 408bhp 3.8-litre engine that's in the Sport Classic and now the Speedster. Its lower front body section is from the Porsche Sport Design package, while the enlarged side sills are like those in the extreme GT2.
Its gloss black wheels with single central fixing have been used elsewhere, too, but this is the first time they've appeared on a Carrera, while the Alcantara cabin trim has been pinched from the GT3. There's nothing new here except the way the ingredients have been combined.
So, it's no surprise when you start it up that it all feels reassuringly familiar.