If you want a slightly faster, sharper 911 that isn’t a GT-badged track lunatic, we have some good news for you: the new 911 GTS range has just landed at the Detroit Auto Show.
It’s a similar recipe to the pre-facelift GTS, only this time, the lovely old 3.8-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six is gone in favour of the - admittedly very good - 3.0-litre twin-turbo unit found in the rest of the updated Carrera range.
In the GTS, it’s good for 444bhp and 405lb ft, the former figure representing a 30bhp boost over the Carrera S, and a 20bhp increase over the old GTS.
The all-wheel drive Carrera 4 GTS coupe - if you option the PDK auto ‘box - accelerates the quickest, getting you from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds, although it’s the rear-driven Carrera GTS (with PDK) that gets top speed bragging rights with a 194mph figure.
If you prefer your front wheels un-driven there is also regular rear-wheel drive Carrera coupe, plus rear and all-wheel drive versions of the Cabriolet in the GTS range (the Targa is AWD only). All have Porsche’s jolly excellent seven-speed manual gearbox as standard, with PDK as an option.
The usual unrealistic, lap-obtained economy figures suggests all GTS variants will do well 30mpg on the combined cycle, with the PDK’d Carrera coupe getting the best rating of 34mpg. So the fastest car is also the most economical. Nice.
As with the last GTS, Sport Chrono Package and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) come as standard. In case you’re not up on your Porsche options lists, Sport Chrono adds a Sport Plus mode and a spectacularly cool stopwatch among other things, while PASM puts the car 10mm lower on adaptive dampers. It’s worth pointing out the latter is now standard on all 911s, though.
On the outside, you get smoked rear tail lights, a gloss black front grille, a new splitter, a redesigned rear spoiler and black exhaust pipes. All of this is finished off with a natty set of 20-inch gloss black, centre-locking wheels.
The cabin is spruced up with - shock horror - not carbonfibre, but instead bits of anodised brush aluminium. The seats meanwhile are because racecar Alcantara jobbies, and are electrically adjustable.
Want one? The range starts at £94,316 for a Carrera GTS, rising to £108,144 for the Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet and Targa 4 GTS.