Production Years: 2011 -2012 | Generation: 997.2 | Units built: unknown
Engine: 3.8L flat-6 | Power: 408 hp | 0 – 60 mph: 4.2 s | Top Speed: 190 mph
2011 is the year Porsche did the best thing ever for us 911 lovers. As the 997 911 was coming to the end of its life people were skeptical that the announcement of the Carrera GTS was a mere marketing ploy to squeeze some sales out of the end of lifer. Instead, we found that Porsche created the “perfect” 911, the right balance of daily driving, sporting ability and track day capability in a familiar package.
The GTS is a rear-drive 911 Carrera S (comes as a cabriole and AWD too) with the wider rear track from the Carrera 4, cool design touches like center-lock RS Spyder wheels, black logos and trim, Alcantara interior, body kit changes and some extra helping of horsepower
The 2011 Carrera GTS also has a back seat big enough to seat two people, a rarity in a segment where rear seats are often so small they’re mostly just for show.
GTS version of the naturally aspirated 3.8-liter flat-six propelling the Carrera S isn’t vast: 408 horsepower versus 385, plus a 200-rpm drop in peak torque availability, imparting a slightly more agreeable curve to the torque band. On the surface, it doesn’t look like much has changed, but we found the GTS was transformed and that extra punch and dynamic ability made it more fun the regular Carrera S.