The GTS is the Goldilocks of Porsche 911s
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The GTS is the Goldilocks of Porsche 911s

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[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] The Porsche 911 is one of the all time greats. The breadth of its ability is seemingly limitless unless you want to use it To counter that of course you can track it. You can have a leisurely drive in the countryside. Use it as a daily, rally it, or simply look at it. The reason for this is simple. There's a 911 for everyone. For example if you want a racing car there's the GT3 Rs. If you want something simply to pose in, there's a base model Carrera [UNKNOWN] waiting just for you However, the 991.1 generation 911s, the best all rounder wasn't the GT3, it wasn't the Turbo, wasn't even the Carrera S. It was the one in the middle, the slightly tweaked, the more powerful GTS. And now, there's a new one. The GTS cars get their name from a race car, the 904 Carrera GTS A few road cars were made, but in reality it was a replacement for the 718 racers of the day. The plastic Porsches so named for their construction and their successes did really, really well for the company, kicking **** on tracks all over the world. WIthout the 904 there wouldn't have been a 917 and no outright Lamond Victory. That was then and this is now. You see in the olden days the GPS was the lovingly poured over by engineers to make that special model a little bit better. A little bit more satisfying to drive But still is visible. Nowadays, Porsche has a more GTS all the things mentality. Which means you can get a [UNKNOWN] GTS. It does rather take the shine off the special badge, doesn't it? It's a big like Mercedes putting AMG stuff in all of the cars. Known as I might, the 911 GTS does promise many wonderful things. While the last one was naturally aspirated, this one has a tweaked version of the current 911's three liter twin turbo engine. And it pushes out 450 horses. That's 20 more than the old GTS and 30 more than the current generation Carrera S. Already quite a potent motor. There's a lot of torque on offer as well. 405. something, something Something something basically 406 pound foot, and I will freely admit that does make the GTS sound like a very spicy proposition. In fact all of the 911 GTS's can do at least 100 186 miles an hour. If you want the fastest one on the top end, you actually wanna go to the rear wheel drive manual. That can do 194 miles an hour. 194 miles an hour, that's insane. And it's the cheapest GTS. Admittedly, cheapest is a relative term. Because, well, it's 95,000 pounds before you start putting options on it. And the fastest accelerating GTS is actually the all-wheel drive with a PDK, 0 to 62 takes 3.6 seconds. Let's put that into perspective. A 911 Turbo S hits 62 in 3.3 seconds. Maybe adding a couple of turbos to the 911 isn't as bad as the purists think it is. Because that's some serious grunt. Grunt that can manage up to 34 mpg, allegedly. [SOUND] All of the 911 The GTS is you get the wide body and the all-wheel drive 911s. They look wider and meaner. They're also lower than the standard 911. And you even get sensor-locking wheel hubs, like what you get on racecars. And because GTS is becoming more trim-packaged than special thing, you get special badges, smoky headlamps, sport proto, and many other things to make people who don't have the [UNKNOWN] Feel bad about themselves. So I'm in the target GTS, it's all wheel drive and it's got the same engines all the other GTS. I absolutely adored the last generation GTS and the one before that. They were truly special. They were naturally aspirated, this is turbo charged. What's changed, what's different, what's new, well the torque. Man the old one you had to rev the knackers off To get anything from it. But this, you just bang it down a couple of gears and, no, [UNKNOWN] torque, off we go. The gearbox itself, we got the PDK here. Because, let's face it, that's all people are gonna buy, because you may say you want a manual, but no one votes with their checkbooks anymore. So, PDK it is. Thankfully Porsche's PDK gearbox is Fantastic, it's so quick to react, the power deliver is amazing. There's little to no turbo lag, and this thing does fly. It doesn't sound like a naturally aspirated car, we knew that was going to be a thing. It still sounds pretty fruity, especially with the roof off, it does make a good racket. And when you're properly on it, you do get a little bit of that Porsche howl, but it is Slightly overtaken because of the turbo charges. It is a bit of a shame but at the same time, this thing isn't sucking fuel at the rate that a normally matched aspirating car would. Now, we got the all wheel drive with the turbo. You can't get a rear wheel drive with the turbo. Here's the thing, earlier I went to a race track and they gave me a quick go In the rear drive coupe again with PDK. And the rear drive is the sweeter of the two. That said, this still handles really well. The steering is simply magic. It feels so lovely. Yeah It's not all hydro assisted, it's electrically assisted, and that offends the Porsche purists. But I'm not a racing driver, and neither are a lot of the people who are gonna buy this. You can punt it into a corner and it'll let you know you're doing something wrong with a touch of under steer. You can correct and you control and steer on the throttle really nicely, and then, away you go. And you can get so much power down as you leave a corner. There's so much grip in this thing. It's maddeningly good. We haven't got carbon brakes on this. We've got the regular iron breaks. And you know what? They still look pretty well. That said, with a bit of track work they were getting a bit [UNKNOWN] so maybe don't go nuts with them if you're gonna take this to a track. Small plus makes this the car you really want it to be so everything becomes sharper. It hangs onto gears longer. The suspension stiffens up. The active exhaust sings the song of it's people and it's song is good. It's a happy happy song. It's dinosaurs burning or something like that [SOUND] it does have a scorch response button It's just in the middle here where all the driving changing modes are. So, you press it and you will hear the car become extra cross. Ready? Full response. [NOISE] Pins you in the back of your seat. It also puts you dangerously close to losing your license. You also get as standard all those sport chrono stuff and the entertainment system. The entertainment is straight out of the 991.2 which means it works, and it is brilliant, and it is Cr Play and all that guff. It feels really good. Like there are a couple of little things that irk me. The roof when you put it up and down feels a bit wobley. The visibility when you are trying to look over your shoulder because there is that epic roll hoop you can't really See much. And yeah, the all wheel drive does make it not quite as sharp as it could be. If it were my money, keep getting manual rear drive done. But there are few greater joys in life, than a Porsche 911 on a beautiful country road. And the GTS car is the one I've had The many Porsche purists are quick to try anything tat changes their beloved cars even if they never owned or driven one which confuses me quiet often. When I drove the 991.2 Correra S, I pondered that that its new turbo charges haven't necessarily ruined the car. But had changed its character. And it made it sound a bit cat. Thus, the spirit of the original GTS and those that succeeded it live on in this one. In a word, yes, the turbochargers have changed the nature of the 911, made it less raucous, really easy to drive quickly. The tweaks made to the GTS cars make it just a little bit better. And frankly, a better It is most certainly related to the GTS of old. [BLANK_AUDIO]

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