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 upcoming GTS will most likely use a re-tuned version of the 3.0 turbocharged motor that makes 370 and 420 horsepower in the Carrera and Carrera S, respectively. Porsche will probably stick with tradition and give the GTS some other performance upgrades as standard equipment, that are optional on the lower trim cars.
But the big question remaining is what gearbox will it have?
Porsche spent a lot of time and money developing the six-speed manual gearbox found in the very awesome, but very limited 911 R, that is currently selling in the second-hand market for around eleventy-billion dollars.
It would make sense for Porsche to spread that engineering cost across multiple models, and we do already know that the 911 R’s six-speed will find its way into the upcoming GT3 and GT3 RS.
According to Car and Driver, Porsche engineers have suggested that the six-speed could find its way into the regular 911. I myself am skeptical, given the emissions requirements of the more mainstream models, and the fact that the 3.0 liter is already paired with the seven-speed manual. I think it’s likely the current gearbox will remain.
Here is the 991.2 GTS throwing down some laps at the Nurbugring. Listen to the motor. Think that’s a six-speed manual in there?