Manual not dead for Porsche 911 GTS

PORSCHE Cars Australia has officially launched the highly anticipated 911 GTS range for local use, featuring more grunts, a grittier soundtrack and better driving dynamics than previous GTS models.

The new GTS range consists of four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive options for coupe, convertible and Targa body styles and, as one of the few models in the 992 range to be offered with a manual transmission, a fifth of buyers choose to to change gears.

“For the 992 generation, the manual is available in Australia and most markets for GT3 and GTS,” said Chris Jordan, head of public relations for Porsche Cars Australia.

“Currently, it’s about 20 percent for manual orders on the 911 GTS.”

Australian buyers who were quick when Porsche opened the order book late last year are already starting to receive their new 911 GTS models, but for new orders, Porsche Cars Australia has confirmed that delivery is expected by mid-next year.

“It’s quite difficult to give people a definitive wait time and a definitive picture because it can change from week to week,” said Mr. Jordan.

“The cars are just arriving now, but we opened the order book when the world premiere happened… We are urging people to go to their local Porsche centers, but for the 911 GTS it will definitely be next year and It will probably be in the second half.”

Despite the long wait times that are common throughout the automotive industry, Porsche Cars Australia believes that its customers will wait for the right model.

“If you look at customers who want a Turbo or Turbo S, or a Carrera or Carrera S, they’ve had three years to order it,” Jordan said.

“The customers who really want a GTS, and who may be existing GTS customers, are people who have been waiting.

“If you are an existing Porsche owner, the waiting time is less important.”

The 911 GTS range starts at $314,800, excluding on-road costs in Australia for the rear-wheel-drive Carrera GTS Coupé, with either a manual transmission or a PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission.

For four-wheel drive models, the price jumps to $334,000 for the 911 Carrera 4 GTS and continues north for the Cabriolet and Targa models.

Five new 911 GTS variants are fresh on the scene for Australian buyers, with Porsche Cars Australia launching the following models:

  • 911 Carrera GTS Coupé (rear-wheel drive)

  • 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet (rear-wheel drive)

  • 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupé (all-wheel drive)

  • 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet (all-wheel drive)

  • 911 Targa 4 GTS (all-wheel drive)

All GTS model options share the 911 Turbo chassis, modified to achieve a blend of performance and ‘touring’ comfort.

For context, the moniker Gran Turismo Sport came about nearly 60 years ago when factory drivers Colin Davis and Antonio Pucci had to make their Porsche 904 both comfortable and fast enough to beat the grueling 1964 Targa Florio endurance race in Italy.

The resulting Porsche 904 GTS achieved the ideal blend of performance and comfort, allowing them to take victory in seven hours and ten minutes of ten-tenths racing.

Visually, the 992 iteration is a perfect match with GTS badging and satin black body panels such as the front spoiler lip, wheels, tailgate grille, light surrounds and the exhaust tips are finished in high gloss black stainless steel.

Inside, the ‘blacked-out’ theme continues, including brushed black anodized aluminum accents and the Race-Tex black interior package is also standard.

Porsche’s twin-turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, shared with other 911 models, has been phased out to produce 353 kW/570 Nm – 22 kW/20 Nm more than the previous 911 GTS.

The increased power pushes the GTS to the legal limit faster than ever before, reaching 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds for the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 GTS Coupé with PDK.

For the manual Carrera GTS Coupé, the sprint from 100 km/h with 4.1 seconds takes a little longer, but the PDK and manual GTS Coupé also score the highest top speed of 311 km/h.

The aforementioned raw exhaust note, which GoAuto will describe when the driving impressions embargo is lifted next month, is made possible by Porsche’s dual-flow exhaust system with map control and variable exhaust valves.

Porsche has adapted the eight-speed dual-clutch PDK for the GTS models, and the seven-speed manual transmission available on rear-wheel drive models is 10mm shorter than before.

All GTS models feature the latest generation Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system, which allows the on-board smarts to make constant dynamic changes.

The stopping power of the 911 GTS models comes from the same system used in the 911 Turbo, with six-piston monobloc calipers at the front and four-piston fixed calipers at the rear.

GoAuto has road and track tested the 911 GTS range as part of the Australian launch event, but driving impressions are under embargo until July 12, so stay tuned.

Price Porsche 911 GTS 2022*

Carrera GTS (a)

$314,800

Carrera GTS Cabriolet (a)

$347,700

Carrera 4 GTS (a)

$334,000

Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet (a)

$366,900

Targa 4 GTS (a)

$366,900

*Excluding costs en route

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