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.
Power, reliability and handling have always been 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 0 to 60 in under 6 seconds,with incredible road handling ability, and still be comfortable with stunning proportions and design. Less of a solution, and more of a revelation.
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 striking design. In short, the GTS became the enthusiast driver’s variant, offering even more of the things you love both inside and out. With a sports suspension that provides a lower stance (a nod to its racing DNA), a front end from the Turbo models, and carefully considered and crafted design details – from the seat stitching to the brake calipers.
The first thing that will often 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. Synonymous with the GTS badge, it can be found on the rev counter, the stitching on the Sports seat topped off with the iconic GTS logo, or nestled behind the satin black Spyder wheels on each brake caliper, a little red gift for the inquisitive eyes of any driving enthusiast.
Where there is Carmine Red, matt black isn’t too far behind. Black is, in fact, a defining element throughout the entire GTS design concept. Historically recognised as the colour of authority and strength, matt black can be seen on the Porsche logo, radiator grille, the wheels; even on accents in the Bi-Xenon headlights and the finish of the twin tailpipes of the sports exhaust system.
These contrasting colours, coupled with the sportier body, lend the GTS its own identity within the Porsche world; perfect for the discerning driver. A bold red, synonymous with passion and adventure, mixed with a rebellious and sophisticated matt 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.