New GTS models join Porsche 911 range

Jan 12, 2017, 00:15
New GTS models join Porsche 911 range

Porsche might not be attending this year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, but it hasn't stopped the company from launching new cars into the already crowded 911 range with the 2017 GTS.

The three-litre flat six in the new GTS, announced today and due in South Africa in the second quarter of 2017, has been tweaked with a new turbo to deliver a howling 331kW - that's 22kW more than the current 911 Carrera S and 15 kW more than the previous, naturally aspirated GTS.

The new turbo also adds a decent bit more torque which now brings maximum twisting force up to 550Nm, with peak power available between 2,150 and 5,000rpm. Prices before options will range from €124,451 for the Carrera GTS to €144,919 for the Targa 4 GTS.

The GTS treatment is available on the rear-drive 911 Carrera GTS Coupe ($120,050) and 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet ($132,350), and the all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe ($126,950), 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet ($139,250), and 911 Targa 4 GTS ($139,250). That continues with the 2017 Porsche 911 GTS family.

On the outside, you get smoked rear tail lights, a gloss black front grille, a new splitter, a redesigned rear spoiler and black exhaust pipes.

The updated Porsche 911 GTS will arrive in showrooms nationwide this spring. All GTS models also come with the new Porsche Track Precision App as part of the standard Sport Chrono Package.

To help keep things going is the standard Porsche Active Suspension Management or PASM where the coupe models can get aspecial sport suspension and the ride height is lower by.39 inch. The body shell has been untouched except the roll-hoop on the targa which is now painted black. Inside, the cars get standard sport seats finished in leather and Alcantara and feature GTS logos in the headrests.

The latest model, 991.2 has a controversial turbocharged 3.0 litre straight six which consists of other variations which users can choose from: such as the Cabriolet or Coupe, a 2 or all-wheel drive vehicle or the Targa which is an AWD only. The app connects to the vehicle and automatically records data such as which gear the engine is in, the position of the throttle pedal, and the steering angle, letting enthusiasts analyze track runs and get faster. Other features include brushed, black anodised aluminium trim strips on the instrument cluster.

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