2022 Porsche 911 GTS verdict and specs

We drive the new Porsche 911 GTS for the first time to find out if it's the best version of the German brand's flagship sports car...

Porsche 911 GTS 2021, rear

Even before you worry about the type of roof you have on your Porsche 911, how many wheels you want driven and whether you want to change gear using a stick or steering wheel paddles, there are now no fewer than six different versions to choose from.

Perhaps surprisingly, then, the arrival of the GTS actually makes the choice simpler. It easily justifies its premium over the Carrera S when you factor in the extra kit and options available, while the added exclusivity should make it easier to sell on in the future. We reckon it makes more sense than the Turbo, too, being usefully cheaper and almost as rapid. The Turbo S has only ever been for those who want the very fastest 911 and are prepared to pay through the nose to get it. It remains that way.

What about the track-focused GT3? Well, that’s a phenomenal thing but even if you’re prepared to put up with its hardcore road manners, Porsche probably won’t sell you one. At least, not unless you’ve had a long-term relationship with one of its dealers.

Is the GTS the new pick of the Porsche 911 range, then? Not quite. For us, the value offered by the entry-level Carrera is still hard to overlook. It's not as fast or capable as the GTS, but these things are relative and, in the grand scheme of things, the margins are small. And no, you can’t have a manual gearbox either, but most 911 buyers don’t want one anyway. If you're not the slightest bit bothered about value, the GTS is a hugely talented car. For most other buyers, the brilliant Carrera remains the pick of the line-up.

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe

Price £111,380 Engine 6cyl, 2981cc, turbo, petrol Power 473bhp Torque 420 lb ft Gearbox 8-spd dual-clutch automatic Top speed 193mph 0-62mph 3.4sec Fuel economy 26.4mpg (WLTP) CO2/tax 244g/km/37%

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