The 911 GTS May Be The Most Versatile Carrera
I guess I should clarify why. The 997 GTS is a RWD Carrera. Porsche pulled a GM move and went PARTS BIN TO THE MAX. Luckily Porsche’s parts bin is higher quality than GM’s shots fired The GTS was supposed to fill the gap inbetween the Carrera S and the GT3. The engine makes 408 bhp and sings up to 7500 rpm. I believe this engine is the same as a Carrera S fitted with the X51 power package. The numbers are the same so one could only assume. Power is shot through a trick PDK then split between two wheels.
The GTS essentially comes with every bell and whistle you can imagine available for a standard C2S. PASM, sport exhaust, different aero but I think the coolest thing it has is that it uses a wider Carrera 4 S body. This may seem cool only to me but I am a rear wheel drive, NA purist. The C4S uses a wider body which fits more meat under, widens the track and just makes the booty look better. Now I can (theoretically) fulfill that and have the wider Carrera. It might be something small but this reason alone would make me want a GTS over a C2S. Ironically you can get a Carrera 4 GTS as well, taking away that perk.
Handling of all 911’s are similar because of the rear engine dynamic it poses. This is extremely quick to turn in and gives a lot of feedback to the driver. The PASM set to sport is extremely stiff, I would see no reason to go stiffer unless you planned on using the car with race slicks. I love the rear engine dynamic. Trailbrake into a corner a little and neutralize the rotation with a little throttle to help you cut through your apex like butter. Once you’ve become acquainted with your apex roll back into throttle and leave the corner as if you had an AWD car. It’s splendid. Cruising around it is a bit harsh, I kinda like it though. Makes your commute more exciting, I could always turn the PASM off but meh. One thing is for sure, my mic didn’t like every little bump I hit. Sliding the car is extremely entertaining, you just stand on the throttle and ride the drift out like surfing a wave.
I might be biased but I think this car is perfect to me. If I were to only one car and only one it would be this. I would prefer to outfit it with a manual six speed but the PDK isn’t bad, especially if this is theoretically your only car and you have a commute with a lot of traffic. The PDK is the closest dual clutch to feeling like a manual. The entire time I drove the car I left it in manual mode for me to pick the gear. The shifts have this gun fire feel to them every time you pick a gear. It feels like pulling the trigger to a rifle, it is satisfying which does aid with the missing clutch pedal. Note I said aid and not replace the feel of having a clutch pedal.
I think the biggest thing a Porsche does for is two things. First being I feel the engineers do genuinely care about the driving experience. They care about it in every aspect. It is sheerly a drivers car, they care for us, thats why you can still buy these with a manual transmission. Second, I feel it gives me and many others my age rage a desire to work hard and be succesful. I see most Porsche owners as people who worked for the car, as a symbol of “hard work pays off” thats what this means to me. It really fires up my motivation because one day, now that I have a taste of this, will have my own 911. Albeit through my YouTube channel, getting my degree or a combination of those. If there’s a will there’s a way.
As with my written review I have my video review above. Let me know what you guys think of the video! Also I have a decent sound clip of the car and I even drift it on video. I have to apologize in advance, in some parts of the video the PASM makes the audio sound a little static. I cleaned it up as best as I could! Thanks guys!