At present count, there are 16 versions of the Porsche 911. That's already quite the buffet, but hey, why not add another five? Although Porsche is skipping the Detroit Auto Show, it nevertheless chose today to announce a quintet of 911 GTS models. Essentially, it brings the GTS Coupe, Cabriolet and Targa versions into the all-turbocharged world, but as before, they represent an incremental improvement over their respective Carrera S variations.
The 3.0-liter flat-six features larger turbochargers in the GTS resulting in 450 horsepower, or 30 more than the Carrera S and 20 more than the 2016 GTS lineup. It also produces 405 pound-feet of torque, topping the current Carrera S by 37 lb-ft and the old GTS by a whopping 80 lb-ft. The 2017 911's revised seven-speed manual transmission is standard and still wonderfully easy to drive, while PDK remains an option.
Every 911 GTS variant comes standard with Porsche Active Suspension Management with the exception of the rear-drive GTS Coupe, which gets PASM Sport and its 0.39-inch lower ride height. No suspension changes were indicated.
Really, then, the bulk of the GTS enhancements involve its design. All feature the Carrera 4's wider rear track and optional "Sport Design" lower fascia, along with 20-inch center lock wheels, tinted taillights and a unique black finish for the front spoiler, rear engine intake strips and the twin pipes of the standard sport exhaust. The Targa's trademark center bar is also done up in black for the first time rather than satin silver, granting it arguably the most distinctive look of the GTS variants.
Inside, the four-way power Sport Seats Plus come standard (with GTS logos, of course) and are finished in a mix of leather and Alcantara, which is also used to cover the GT Sport steering wheel, gear lever and center armrest. The GTS also debuts an enhanced Porsche Track Precision App, which records and analyzes your track exploits.
The GTS quintet is now available for order with the first batch arriving in dealers in April. Pricing ranges from $119,000 for the rear-drive Carrera GTS to $138,200 for both the Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet and Targa 4 GTS.