Three letters, one message: The second edition of the
Scarcely any sports car is more multifaceted, more varied, more broadly positioned than the
In spite of the tightly arrayed lineup, the technical evolution continually carves out new niches in which the rear-engine classic, often in limited production runs—visually expressive and decidedly powerful—surpasses itself once again. These shooting stars, which have contributed greatly to the legend, include variants such as the Clubsport, RS, GT2, GT3,
“The response to the first GTS that we launched in the 997 series was overwhelming,” says August Achleitner, head of the 911 model line. “Today we know that the GTS version more or less precisely lines up with our customers’ vision of a markedly sporty and yet comfortable 911. This insight was both an incentive and a duty as we developed the second edition.”
Step in, take a seat, and buckle up for the first outing. The center section of the sports seat is covered with black Alcantara®—reminiscent of the GT3. The same material is used on the steering wheel rim, the gear lever, the door handles, and the covers of the side storage compartment. Alcantara® is lighter than leather, a stalwart of the racing milieu, and characterized by its inimitable haptics, that science of applying tactile sensations. Black-trim rings and doorsills as well as the black headliner complete the sporty ambiance.
For other tastes there are additional color and material options, naturally, including
For this 911 engine as well, the tone says it all. Though lacking the whistle and growl of the
Over the last 1,200 rpms there is noticeably more power at one’s disposal—producing 316 kW (430 hp), this variant has upped the ante by 22 kW (30 hp) over the
The new 911 is offered as a
Wider, lower, lighter—ideal prerequisites for more agile handling, more grip in the corners, and even better driving performance. Without the optional rear seats, the GTS weighs almost seven kilograms less than the
You won’t want less 911, and you won’t need more. Nevertheless, the list of enchanting options is worth a glance. It includes Torque Vectoring Plus (standard with PDK), the PASM sport suspension, which lowers the body by 20 millimeters and includes an aerodynamics package, PDCC (
By Karl Kroiss
Photos by Christoph Bauer
* Data determined in accordance with the measurement method required by law. Since 1 September 2017 certain new cars have been type approved in accordance with the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), a more realistic test procedure to measure fuel/electricity consumption and CO₂ emissions. As of 1 September 2018 the WLTP replaced the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Due to the more realistic test conditions, the fuel/electricity consumption and CO₂ emission values determined in accordance with the WLTP will, in many cases, be higher than those determined in accordance with the NEDC. This may lead to corresponding changes in vehicle taxation from 1 September 2018. You can find more information on the difference between WLTP and NEDC at www.porsche.com/wltp.
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