Every motoring manufacturer has a car that defines its ethos and undoubtedly, the 911 is that car for Porsche. The 911 has been a mainstay in Porsche’s sports car range since 1963 and has spanned seven generations to the present time. It has only ever taken the form of a two door coupe and has only ever been rear-engined. Seven generations of evolutionary development has refined the 911 into one of the best driver sports cars ever made.
The 991 designation heralded big changes for the 911. It was only the third 911 to be based on a brand new platform and was a size up over its 997 predecessor, to allow for modern technology and safety regulations, yet lighter due to its predominately aluminium construction.
Porsche added a suite of technology to reduce environmental impact with the switch from hydraulic to electric power steering a particular sticking point for traditionalists. But Porsche cited an improvement in fuel consumption and tuneabillity as the primary advantages, required to match rival products and the demands of the buying market.
The GTS was a model that bridged the gap between the hardcore (and indeed hard to get), GT3 and the less focused Carrera S model. The basic GTS concept was a Carrera S with the wider bodyshell and track width of the 4S, the desirable and expensive powerkit engine option increasing bhp to 424; and options focusing on driving dynamics including the Sport Chrono Plus package, sports exhaust and dynamic engine mounts, torque vectoring set-up with the limited-slip differential and the actively damped PASM adjustable suspension.
Porsche made sure that the maths was good for the buying public – it was impossible to spec a Carrera S up with these options for the same price and of course, no wide body and increased track width. The GTS PASM suspension also sat 10mm lower than the Carrera S and the steering was tuned for a more dynamic response, making this the most drivers orientated 911 beneath the GT3.
RHD C16, Jet Black (A1A1), PDK Transmission (250), 20 inch 911 Turbo S wheels painted black with centre locks, Ceramic brakes (450), Privacy glazing (XPL), GTS Alcantara package with smooth finish leather to seat centre (CLP), Sports design steering wheel (840), Carbon interior package (EGA), Adaptive 18 way sports seats plus (P07), Active seat ventilation front (541), Exterior sliding roof glass (653), Park assist front and rear plus camera (638), Bose sound package (680), LED PDLS headlights darkened with dynamic cornering lights (XEY), Door entry guards in carbon (X69), Centre console trim leather (XHB), Sun visors alcantara (XLU), Inner sill cover in silver (XTG), Seat belts in silver (XSH), Sports seat plus backrests leather (XWK), PDK selector lever in aluminium exclusive design (XYA), Fuel tank cap in aluminium look (XYB), Homelink garage door opener (608), Light design package (630), Passenger footwell storage net (581), Cruise control (454).
A classic and timeless design, the 991 designation brings the 911 aesthetic bang up to date – slickly and aerodynamically designed as standard with the GTS more aggressive thanks to the 10mm lowered suspension and wider body.
The Jet Black paint and black 20 inch wheels add a suitable dose of motorsport attitude, with the sizeable yellow calipers showing through the spokes and denoting the ceramic braking system.The GTS badging on the rear of the car is also finished in high gloss black, as are the exhaust tips, giving a confident and sinister look, befit of a fast road 911 designed for driving.
Fully protected with PPF, the Jet Black paint retains an amazing depth and a very high gloss. There is virtually no marks to be seen, a testament to the low mileage this GTS has driven.
The 991 designation Porsche introduced a new and higher quality interior, ergonomically refined over its predecessor with modern technology to rival luxury cars, let alone sports cars.
The interior matches the satanic exterior, finished in Black Leather, with the Black GTS Alcantara package and seat centres finished in smooth-finish leather. Carbon fibre door sills greet the ensuing occupant with the carbon interior package adding further lightweight materials to the interior. Flashes of Aluminium break up the dark colour scheme, and the glass sunroof allows for a wonderful open feel to the interior allowing natural light to flood in.
As expected the interior presents amazingly well with not a blemish to be seen. All of the controls have a very defined weight and movement and with the improved ergonomics, all of the controls fall to hand with ease – the sign of a highly developed drivers car.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The new 991 platform was still rear-engined but Porsche pushed the engine fractionally further into the chassis to the benefit of handling. Of course this also means that it is further hidden and as is always the way with modern engines, shrouded over in plastic to help with aerodynamics and thermal management
While there is not a huge amount to see under the engine lid, the plastics remain as new with the GTS badging proudly displayed and the Mobile 1 sticker denoting Porsche’s chosen lubricant supplier.
On test drive, the engine erupts with a typical Porsche snarl enhanced by the factory sports exhaust. The engine feels incredibly strong with the PDK gearbox giving instant access to the naturally aspirated horses as the driver enjoys the flat six soundscape.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
With its wide stance, the GTS has an equally aggressive set of alloy wheels. The Porsche 911 Turbo S wheels painted in black look like refugees from the track with an equally racy diameter of 20 inches. These present in excellent condition with no major marks to report.
Pirelli’s P Zero is the rubber of choice, sized 245/35/20 on the front axle and 305/30/20 on the rear. The tyres are Porsche N rated and show very good tread with no marks or damage to the sidewalls.
This GTS was supplied by Porsche Centre Wilmslow and first registered on the 24/07/15. It had its first service at Porsche Centre Guildford on the 24/07/17 at 3450 miles which also included a brake fluid change.
Porsche Centre Guildford were also responsible for the MOT in July 2018 which it passed with no advisories, and carried out an air conditioning service as well. The history file includes the full book pack and a spare key.
With excellent servicing and low miles, this exceptional GTS is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner.
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