2012 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
2012 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS. Click image to enlarge

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By Jeff Burry

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2012 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

With an eye to narrowing the performance gap between the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the race-inspired Porsche 911 GT3, our German friends, in typical Porsche fashion, have offered up a superb compromise in the new 2011 911 Carrera GTS.

Exceptional vehicle dynamics combined with 3.8-litre flat six-cylinder engine producing an impressive 408 hp (23 more hp than the 911 Carrera S) make this latest offering from Porsche a perfect blend of performance and style. Available as both a coupe and cabriolet, the Porsche 911 GTS offers up a top speed of 306 km/h and a thrilling “ride” for anyone lucky enough to slip behind the wheel.

Ironically, the car consumes no more fuel than the Carrera S thanks to the Porsche Intelligent Performance development philosophy. Consumption of fuel is pegged at 10.6 litres/100 km (combined city/hwy), which is very respectable and appreciated (in a time of rising fuel costs) for a vehicle with this much power and the ability to cover zero to 100 km/h in only 4.6 seconds. All this power is transferred to the asphalt via 305/35R/19-inch rear tires.

Visually, the GTS stands out from other 911 models thanks, in large part, to the 19-inch RS Spyder centre-mount wheels, painted in black and sporting polished lips. To further distinguish the GTS from its siblings, it has been outfitted with a SportDesign front apron, also in black, with spoiler edge and unique black side skirts.

Additionally, either black or silver GTS badging, depending on body colour, are affixed to the doors and rear lid.

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
2012 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS. Click image to enlarge

Our test vehicle’s body colour was white and while I am not a big fan of white sports cars, the 911 GTS looked magnificent, perhaps in part due to the large 19 inch black RS Spyder wheels and the high-performance brake calipers, painted in red (or yellow, as in the Porsche-supplied photos), peering through the spokes of the wheels – all in all, a very sexy and visually-stunning balance of colour.

The brake system in the 911 GTS consists of four-piston aluminum monobloc calipers on the front and rear axles with perforated and ventilated brake discs. As an option, one can choose to upgrade to a Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system, with ceramic discs and six-piston monobloc calipers on the front and sporting four-piston calipers on the rear.

The GTS is most definitely a driver’s car, as they say. You simply want to be behind the wheel as often as possible and for whatever mundane errand you may have (or wish) to run. I think you get the point!

The seat surfaces, new three-spoke steering wheel (unique to the GTS), shifter and handbrake lever are all covered in a high quality “Alcantara” material which offers a suede-like texture. Porsche ensured that any part of the driver coming in contact with the vehicle be met with this luxurious sensation.

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
2012 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS. Click image to enlarge

A word to the wise – if you are the type that prefers anonymity, this is not the car to arrive at your best friend’s wedding in. It will literally steal the show. If not visually, then the burble resonating from the sport exhaust note, enhanced with the push of a button, will surely announce your arrival. The 911 Carrera GTS has a unique sound, and it, combined with a distinctive black surface design between the quad pipes is nothing short of stunning.

As with many test vehicles, you wish to put them through the paces to feel how well they drive and handle on various road surfaces and in various driving conditions. With a car like the 911 GTS, one is instantly drawn to curvy country back roads and perhaps a short jaunt to your favourite out-of-town restaurant or watering hole, providing both city and highway driving experiences.

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