Test Drive: 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Review

There are a ton of people across this great country of ours who “review” cars and publish their thoughts.  Porsche is very stingy with the cars that go out, so I feel fortunate to have the new 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS.  If I am lucky, I get one Porsche per year, you might recall I had the Panamera last year and it was awesome, but the 911 Carrera is vintage, classic, Porsche and it is awesome.

I am not 100% sure why Porsche decided to add the GTS to the 911 Carrera lineup for 2011.  By my count, there are 23 different variations of the 911, but I can tell you that like all Porsche models, the Carrera GTS is inspiring with a 0-to-60 of 4.0 seconds flat and that incredible Porsche sound.

The GTS pumps out 408-horses, versus the regular Carrera S which is rated at 385-horses, but the additional power is just part of the story.

The GTS in on the all-wheel drive body version of the 911, which is almost two inches wider, adding even more stability to a car that literally feels like it is running on rails.

Alcantara is a suede-like material which you find in a lot of upper-line cars.  The GTS interior is covered in it, including the steering wheel, gear shift, and emergency brake handle.  My test car is white on the outside with black interior with white accents throughout.  It is stunning.

Under the hood, you’ll find the traditional 3.8-liter flat 6 cylinder with direct injection.  The GTS comes with some upgrades to give you the additional horses.  It utilizes VarioCam Plus, Porsche’s variable valve timing and 2-stage valve lift technology; with a integrated dry-sump oiling system utilizing four separate pumps and one pressure pump. The oil sump is integrated into the engine.  It is a fairly simple setup, although it sounds complicated.  Porsche is known for milking every possible horse out of an engine.

The six-speed manual shifts nicely, the clutch is stiff like it should be on a high performance Porsche.  The seats are extremely comfortable once adjusted to your body, and even in a hotter than usual July in Texas, the air conditioning works extremely well.  This particular car has heated and air conditioned seats.

Of particular interest to me, was the car seems so basic inside, very retro actually, but when you start running through the controls, you find a terrific navigation system, a great stereo, a power-lifted rear spoiler, and a host of other options.  You know what a lover of wheels I am, see the picture I have supplied and you’ll see matching white 19” wheels and Bridgestone tires that really set off the look of this sport coupe.

If you have ever driven a Porsche, you know what it feels like, and this car does not disappoint.  It is an engineering marvel in a turn under heavy acceleration.  The driving dynamics just can’t be done justice in writing.

The Porsche 911 Carrera GTS is a true work of art.

What I liked most:  The classic Porsche feel and look.

What I would change if I could: Nothing.

MSRP as tested: $120,000.

Fuel Economy: 19 city/27 highway, but it would be boring to get it.

2011 911 Carrera GTS in a few words:  An automotive masterpiece.


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