More GTS trims. Twelve years after launching its first 911 GTS model, Porsche once again expands its offerings with a new generation of Gran Turismo Sport models. Each one is visually unique and more powerful, with improved driving dynamics at the ready. Customized suspensions and unique sports exhaust systems are hallmarks of these models, which are available in cabriolet and coupe body styles.
Every 2022 GTS comes with standard rear- or available all-wheel drive. Under the hood is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine with an output of 473 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, representing increases of 94 horsepower and 91 pound-feet of twist over the Carrera. An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard; a short-throw 7-speed manual gearbox is available. Additional blacked-out trim, dynamic LED lighting, a GT sport steering wheel, carbon fiber trim, and Race-Tex materials dress the interior.
Leading-edge performance. There isn't a boring 911 in the house. Nearly every variant, whether it be a Coupe, Targa, or Convertible, comes with some version of a 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six engine. Power routes to the wheels utilizing a standard 8-speed dual-clutch transmission or a 7-speed manual gearbox. The DCT gets you there faster, but the 7-speed is a jewel with its short, clean throws and drama-free clutch uptake.
The base models throw down 379 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque, laudable numbers of their own. Ending your search here is not a compromise – this model delivers excellent driving dynamics and robust power. Moving up to the aforementioned GTS delivers blistering performance, but Porsche doesn't stop there. Thanks to 3.8- and 4.0-liter flat-six engine options, a startling 640 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque is within reach.
Iconic styling. Since its 1963 release, the 911 has grown wider and more muscular, but the tear-dropped shape holds strong. This iconic appearance is instantly recognizable and is what keeps enthusiasts coming back for more.
The most recent model offers few changes, although updates in LED lighting, rounded fenders, and wider hips offer a few clues. The interior finds the best mix of old and new with traditional style punctuated by a digital instrument panel and central touchscreen display. None of this, though, takes away from the top-flight controls and exquisite trim pieces that mark the cabin. Yes, hard plastics are on base models, tucked away underneath the dashboard.
Comfortable, to a point. As a performance car, the 911 is crafted around the driver with the front passenger similarly cossetted. The quarters are tight with sufficient room for 6-footers, but none taller. Multiple adjustment points with standard heating and available cooling align with the thickly padded and generously bolstered seats for optimum support.
The 911 isn't a true sports car in the two-seat definition at least as it comes with a pair of back seats. They may look like seats, but they simply are not designed to hold even the smallest humans. Call it what you want, but an extra storage space for soft luggage is the better idea for those seats. After all, with just 4.7 cubic feet of trunk space, you'll probably find any spare space to your liking.
Final thoughts. You will pay six figures for any new 2022 911, with prices topping $200,000 at its highest. The 911 isn’t for everyone, but its appeal is general and broad. Deciding on a trim may have everything to do with how much you want to invest in one.
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