Porsche enthusiasts knew of these three additional letters with the previous-generation 911, the 997, as a farewell model highlighting the best of the range. This time, the GTS is a permanent offering in the 911 (991) lineup. The Carrera GTS slots in between the Carrera S and the GT3, combining daily usability with additional performance.
Since its introduction, the GTS has been the most fascinating 911, given its position in the range. The Carrera GTS shares the same wide body and track as the Carrera 4 and the GT3--44mm wider at the rear than the standard Carrera. The 20-inch satin-black Turbo S wheels with central locking mechanism are half an inch wider at the front and the rear. Ride height is also lowered by 10mm.
This 911 has a body-colored front spoiler and smoked bi-xenon headlights and front blinkers. Apart from the black wheels, the SportDesign side mirrors and the GTS logo on the lower portion of the door tell you which 911 this is. The rear highlights black details--grille, louver strip between the taillights, model logo, and black chrome tailpipes.
The interior is trimmed in Alcantara (which is said to be half the weight of leather) with contrast stitching, and combined with aluminum trim. Sport Plus seats come standard.
Horsepower has been increased to 430hp, 30hp more than the Carrera S. Aside from tuning it to extract more power, engineers enhanced the induction and sport exhaust systems, resulting in increased valve stroke. The car accelerates faster than the Carrera S, which we drove at the Porsche World Roadshow at Clark International Speedway earlier this year.
The gearbox on our unit is the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK). Not only would it be difficult to drive a manual from left- to right-hand-drive, stick hardly ever goes on sale in Singapore, if at all.
The driving course set via GPS was about 148km. Heading to Old Upper Thomson Road (the venue of the original Singapore Grand Prix street circuit from 1961 to 1973), we hit Farrer Road, the site of Singapore's first and only Speed Trial in 1938. Once we reached Old Upper Thomson Road, we drove through a series of esses, stretches and a pair of hairpins. We then headed further north to Kranji through winding roads. Then it was a 37km drive back south to Keppel Island. Finally, it was a 34km coastal drive to Aviation Park Road.
During the driving exercise, we minded the speed limit of 90kph at all times, and had to make the most of short bursts on B roads--accelerating hard after entering the expressway and decelerating once we reached the limit. Safety first, as always. And you wouldn't want to get caught in Singapore.
The 911 Carrera GTS drive coincided with The Porsche Circuit, which commemorated Singapore's 50th anniversary as a nation, along with the 30th anniversary of Stuttgart Auto, the official distributor of Porsche in the city state, operating since 1985.
The celebration included the unveiling of the 911 GT3 RS, the 911 Targa 4 GTS, and a special-edition model 911 Turbo S SG50 custom-built for Singapore. These car gems were presented by Earl Bamber, Porsche Supercup and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion.
The 911 Carrera S Martini Racing Edition, featuring the trademark stripes and the Aerokit Cup rear wing and front spoiler, was also displayed for the first time.
In addition, the actual race-winning 911 GT1 from the 1998 Le Mans endurance race and a mock-up of the 919 Hybrid that recently won this year's race, were exhibited together with generations of the 911.
The 911 Carrera GTS and the Targa 4 GTS are already available in Singapore, while the GT3 RS is expected to arrive later in the year.
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