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Color me GTS: An exploration of design

From the 911 and 718 to the Panamera, Macan or Cayenne, a trained eye can pick out the design of the GTS model anywhere, whether on a mountain peak, a winding country road or parked in a bustling metropolis. For those who appreciate the details, understanding the design elements that make a GTS a GTS is an integral part of what makes the badge so special.

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The beginning of GTS

Power, reliability and speed have always been the defining characteristics of outstanding sports cars. But the very nature of motorsport meant the desire for taking that chequered flag often left the driver’s comfort and the car’s style fighting for second and third place.

However, the '60s saw long-distance racing on some of the world’s most punishing public roads grow in popularity. The Porsche Carrera GTS (or the Porsche 904) was the answer: a sports car that could go from zero to 60 in under six seconds, grip tightly to the road, and still be comfortable while really looking the part. Less of a solution, and more of a design revolution.

904

Becoming the driver’s car

Almost instantly, GTS stood for additional comfort in a hot-blooded sports car, yet it would eventually come to serve as the label for a sportier driving experience with a high degree of comfort and design. In short, the GTS became the driver’s derivative, offering even more of the things you love both in and outside the driver’s seat. With a sports suspension that provides a lower stance (a nod to its racing DNA), front aprons adapted from the Turbo models, and every tiny design detail carefully considered – from the seat stitching to the brake calipers.

Macan GTS
Macan GTS

The GTS Red

The first thing that will give away a GTS is the striking shade of Carmine Red. A deliberate choice made by the design team at Zuffenhausen, to instantly set apart the GTS badge. Only ever used on a GTS, it can be found on the rev counter, the stitching on the Sports seat headrests (topped off with the now iconic GTS logo), or nestled behind the silky black Spyder wheels on each brake caliper, a little red gift for the inquisitive eyes of any driving enthusiast.

A touch of matte black

But where there is Carmine Red, matte black isn’t too far behind. Black is, in fact, a defining element throughout the entire GTS design concept. Historically recognized as the color of authority and strength, matte black can be seen on the Porsche logo, radiator grille, and the aforementioned wheels; even tinting the Bi-Xenon headlights or lining the twin tailpipes of the sports exhaust system.

What’s on the outside counts

These contrasting colors, coupled with the sportier body, lend the GTS its own identity within the Porsche world; just perfect for the discerning driver. A bold red, synonymous with passion and adventure, mixed with a rebellious and sophisticated matte black. They offer a glimpse into what has been a history of uncompromising sportiness, designed with the driver in mind.

Sometimes it’s not just what’s on the inside that counts.

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