No automaker provides as many personalized variants of their lineup than Porsche, with the legendary 911 available in an amazing 21 unique iterations for 2022, so far. The 911 line actually grew by five new variations over the summer, all thanks to a completely updated GTS that now rides on the model’s eighth-generation 992 framework.
For 2022, the full line of GTS variants includes the $150,700 Carrera GTS coupe, $165,300 Carrera GTS Cabriolet, $159,100 Carrera 4 GTS, $173,700 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet, and finally the identically priced $173,700 Targa 4 GTS, just like the model did back in 2019 when last available as the seventh-generation 991 series.
Also unchanged is the engine’s 3.0-litre displacement, horizontally opposed six-cylinder configuration, and twin-turbocharged forced induction system, although a new sport exhaust system, combined with less interior insulation, makes for louder, more exciting sounds, and the car’s overall power output has increased by 23 horsepower to 473, while torque is up 15 lb-ft to 420, both courtesy of 2.3 psi of additional boost.
This engine upgrade shaves three tenths off the car’s standing start when using its no-cost eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission combined with the standard Sport Chrono Package (featuring dynamic engine mounts, launch control, and Sport Plus mode), resulting in a 3.4-second dash from zero to 100 km/h for the Carrera GTS coupe, ahead of a 311 km/h top track speed, which is one km/h quicker than the previous model.
The all-wheel drive Carrera 4 GTS is even quicker, attaining 100 km/h from standstill in just 3.3 seconds, although its track speed is a fraction lower at 309 km/h. The Carrera GTS Cabriolet, on the other hand, can achieve the same top speed as the Carrera 4 GTS, but it’s the “slowpoke” of the bunch at 3.6 seconds to 100 km/h, whereas the Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet and Targa 4 GTS coupe both slice a tenth from the latter model, with off-the-line sprints taking just 3.5 seconds apiece, and terminal speeds topping out at 307 km/h.
A 10-millimetre shorter-throw seven-speed manual transmission is available with all GTS models too, although despite many enthusiasts finding this DIY gearbox more engaging in the corners, its straight-line performance is reduced by 0.7 to 0.8 seconds, depending on the model.
Handling in mind, the new GTS’ Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system was in fact pulled over from the latest 911 Turbo, while coupe and convertible models now ride 10 millimetres lower to the ground for improved aerodynamics and better transitional response.
The 911 Turbo S donated its 20-inch front and 21-inch rear Satin Black-coloured alloy wheels to the GTS as well, encircled by 245/35R20 and 305/30R21 summer performance tires respectively, both of which frame a high-performance braking system first developed for the 911 Turbo. The upgraded brakes feature red-painted six- and four-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers, with 408- and 380-millimetre cross-drilled and internally vented discs front to back.
A new Lightweight Design package is now available for the first time on a GTS, boasting carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) full bucket sport seats, lightweight side and rear window glass, deleted rear jump seats, and more, all of which chops up to 25 kilograms from the model’s curb weight.
Unique GTS aesthetics include more darkened/black exterior trim details than other 911 trims, including the Targa model’s roll hoop and scripted lettering, while the GTS’ taillight lenses have also been modified to appear darker in daylight. Lastly, the SportDesign package comes standard, which means front fascia, side sill, and rear styling appears slightly different than with other 911 models.
Following the art noir theme, black dominates the interior as well, as does suede-like Race-Tex microfibre trim that’s applied to key areas in order to enhance grip, such as the steering wheel rim, gear lever, seat centres, door handles, armrests, and centre storage compartment lid. Additionally, customers can choose between regular black interior stitching or optional red thread in key areas.
The new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) 6.0 system is included too, with a friendlier interface layout, quicker response times, and Android Auto smartphone integration, along with Apple CarPlay, while Porsche also improved the system’s voice assistant that now has the ability to more easily recognize natural speech. To activate the system, an occupant only needs to say, “Hey Porsche”, followed by a given prompt request. What’s more, the new PCM 6.0 includes the Porsche Track Precision app, as well as a tire temperature display in GTS trim.
To find out more about all five 2022 Porsche 911 GTS models, or better yet, to place an order for the one you want, contact Porsche Centre Vancouver at (604) 736-7911, or drop by our dealership at 688 Terminal Ave, Vancouver.
Story credits: Trevor Hofmann
Date: September 2021
Photo credits: Porsche