997 is the internal designation for the Porsche 911 model manufactured and sold by German manufacturer Porsche between 2004 (as Model Year 2005) and 2012. The 997 is the most commercially successful 911 of all time, having sold 100,000 units of the first generation alone between its introduction in 2005 and July 2007. For 2011, Porsche launched a new, mid-level 911 coming in above the Carrera and below the GT3 – the Carrera GTS.
The car is distinguishable from the rest of the range with a SportDesign nose with a little black spoiler, black sills from the GT2 RS and the 44mm wider rear body from the Carrera 4 which hides a 32mm wider rear track. There are wider rear tyres, revised springs and anti-roll bars plus gloss black 19 inch RS Spyder wheels. The colour palette extended to GT Silver, Amethyst, Basalt Black, Guards Red, Speed Yellow and Carrara White.
Other additions include Carrera GTS logos, a black diffuser, and Alcantara trimming on the three-spoke steering wheel, handbrake and gearlever. Porsche’s adaptive PASM suspension is standard, along with a sports exhaust and a bigger fuel tank (up from 67 to 90 litres) is a free option too. All of these options offered huge value over a standard 911 whilst offering a dynamic package that pitched the car squarely between Carrera 2 S and GT3.
It is thought that less than 100 UK Carrera GTS were manufactured in 2 wheel drive Manual guise.
Windscreen w/grey top tint, Rear seats, Sport Chrono package plus, Carrara White Instrument dials, Extended Navigation module, Telephone module, Park Assist, Rear wiper, Silver GTS font, Porsche crested headrests, Porsche VTS system, Crested floor mats, Sports exhaust, PASM, RS Spyder wheels.
This GTS looks particularly menacing in unmarked Basalt Black accompanied by stunning gloss black centre lock wheels. The car sits in all of its original paint and whilst there is the odd isolated stonechip to the bonnet, the presentation is first class having been garaged its entire life. Typical areas such as lights, mirrors and rear arches show almost no signs of use.
Not since the 993 C2S has Porsche produced a normally aspirated rear-drive variant with a wide body, and with a considered execution of style and performance the GTS looks every bit the special 911.
The balance of materials is perfectly presented with sumptuous leather and Alcantara trimming on the three-spoke steering wheel, handbrake and gearlever. The Porsche embossed sports seats remain in excellent original order with no wear to either of the bolsters or bases. The carpet set also remains unmarked with the no-cost optional rear bench installed but likely to have never seen any occupants.
Tech presence in the form of Enhanced Nav and Bluetooth provide a strong case for daily driving duties.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The standard fit Powerkit lifts the output of the 3.8-litre flat six from 380bhp at 6,500rpm to 402bhp at 7,300rpm, and although the torque figure remains at 310lb ft, it’s produced 200rpm lower to support the mid-range. This is all a consequence of a special intake manifold, with six rather than one single flap, switching between power and torque-optimised maps.
The standard fit Sports exhaust provides a touch more intention at lower revs and supplements more howl when pressing on, whilst the 6 speed Manual provides a tactility and involvement that the PDK can never quite reach; slick, intuitive and a joy to use.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The centre lock 19 inch RS Spyder wheels certainly look the part in unmarked gloss black, wrapped in Bridgestone rubber with plenty of tread.
The steel brakes show minimal signs of use and are more than a match for the Powerkit performance, both easy to modulate and pull the car up strongly in a straight line.
Supplied new on the 1st March 2011 by OPC Guildford, the car has been back to the supplying dealer every 2 years for a full health check and fluid change;
27.2.13 – OPC Guildford – 7,032 miles
27.2.15 – OPC Guildford – 8,932 miles
20.2.17 – OPC Guildford – 13,696 miles
A full book pack with spare key, renewable tracker subscription and new vehicle invoice are present in the history file. An OEM indoor cover is also provided in the front boot.
The purity of the Porsche shape remains and although without spoilers or wings, the wide body will always prove a popular choice. It is thought that less than 100 UK Carrera GTS were manufactured in 2 wheel drive Manual guise.
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