We all spin fantasies about ourselves. We’re better looking than we are, smarter than we are, more morally pure than we really are. I thought I knew who I was. I would stand for the vanguard of the cheap, fun car. The secondhand Mazda Miatas of the world, the Craigslist gems. Porsche 911s? They could get stuffed, far…
I’m in sunny, beautiful, not-at-all plastic Los Angeles to visit one Andrew Collins, our beloved reviews editor who is sunny and beautiful and currently on leave with a smashed-up hand (hand review forthcoming). To guide us around, we’ve snagged ourselves a 2019 Porsche 911 GTS, and it is already absurd. Absurdly good.
The 2017 Porsche 911 GTS is pure: you can run its 450 horsepower turbocharged flat six with rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission. Tomorrow I’ll be terrorizing the streets of Tahoe in a few of these and also spending some time with the people who put them together. What do you want me to ask them about?
I’ve always had a love hate relationship with the Porsche 911. Long before I was old enough to start a 911, let alone drive one, I had dreams about racing them, the monster 935 slant nose turbo ones being my favorite. Years later, driving license in hand, I got a chance to take a neighbor’s water-cooled 911 out for a…
Last year the base Porsche 911 debuted with what was, to Porsche purists, a menace. To everyone else, it was a turbocharger on a Porsche 911 that was not labeled “turbo.” It turns out the world didn’t end, and now the next half-step up in the 911 line, the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, is getting one too.
The GTS is the sweet spot in the 911 range. Not quite as bonkers as the Turbo, more practical than the GT3. For the first time, the GTS will come with a turbocharged engine, and maybe (?) possibly (?) conceivably (?) the same gearbox from the 911 R.
The current 991 generation of Porsche 911 is without a doubt the best generation since the car switched to water-cooled engines. But let's say you have an unlimited budget; which one do you buy?
It's so hard picking the right 911. You want – no, need – the GT3, but the angel on your shoulder (and your checking account) demands something a bit more reasonable. Porsche has four GTS models with your name on it, coupe or convertible, rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive, and banging off 0-60 runs in 3.8 seconds.
Five-time ALMS champion Jeorg Bergmeister does his best to explain why the Porsche 911 GTS is slightly better than the Carrera S, and thus worth the extra money. Just shut your pretty mouth and drive, Jeorg.