Porsche follows a cadence when it comes to new 911 models, and now that we have the GT3 and the GT3 Touring, it makes sense that the next in line is what we have here. Meet the 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, which slots between the Carrera S and Turbo models. Think of the GTS as a more focused variant yet not to the point that it became ahard coree performance machine. This formula first appears twelve years ago and has since become a staple in the 911 lineup. The 911 Carrera GTS will be available with both RWD and AWD. However, only the coupe and cabriolet are available in the former because the Targa is AWD only.
Powering the 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS is the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six as the current Carrera S massaged to 473 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. That’s 30 hp more than the previous 911 Carrera GTS and the current Carrera S. With the eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic, the 911 Carrera GTS can sprint to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. A seven-speed manual will remain on offer and features a shifter that’s been shortened by 10 mm. Every 911 Carrera GTS also gets a sport exhaust system as standard.
In addition to more power, the 911 Carrera GTS has a specially tuned version of Porsche’s Active Suspension Management that’s lower than the standard setup by 10 mm. Helper springs in the rear maintain tension on the main springs to keep rebound characteristics consistent. However, the Targa 4 GTS is an exception because it shares its chassis calibration with the Targa 4S. The high-performance brakes are taken straight out of the 911 Turbo. An optional Lightweight package on the coupe cuts weight by 55 pounds via the addition of lightweight glass for the side and rear windows, carbon-fiber bucket seats, a lightweight battery, rear-wheel steering, additional underbody panels, and the deletion of the rear seats.
Distinguishing the 911 Carrera GTS is black contrasting exterior bodywork and darkened headlight clusters. On Targa models, the silver Targa bar is replaced by a black one. Race-Tex cloth upholstery is standard. Black wheel locks, 20-inch front, and 21-inch rear black alloy wheels, a black front lip spoiler, and a black engine cover grille are also standard on the GTS models. Every 911 Carrera GTS also gets the SportDesign package, which adds darkened taillights and black badges.
Inside, the 911 Carrera GTS’ interior gets the Race-Tex cloth upholstery standard, which is also used on the steering wheel, door handles, armrests, and gear selector. The GT sport steering wheel, Sport Chrono package, Porsche Track Precision app, and tire temperature display are also standard equipment. All GTS models get the Sport Seats Plus with four-way power adjustment. The latest version of Porsche’s PCM interface gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility; however, the latter requires plugging into a USB port. It also features a new virtual assistant function that you activate by saying “Hey, Porsche.”
The 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS goes on sale in early 2022 with a standard price of $138,050 for the rear-drive coupe and $150,850 for the rear-drive convertible. Adding AWD will cost you an extra $7,300 for the coupe and convertible variants. The most expensive version is the 911 Targa 4 GTS—- which gets AWD standard and costs $158,150 — the same as an AWD-equipped convertible.