Introduced on the 997 Carrera in 2010, the revival of the GTS moniker from Porsche’s ‘60s motorsport efforts is now used to denote an engine, suspension and trim specification that is sportier than the S, but not as hard-core as the GT models.
The GTS specification means more power, sport suspension package, Sport Chrono Package and a raft of visual changes that include black tinting of the headlamp modules and tail lights, black painted alloy wheels, rear apron.
In the cabin the GTS theme means a black Alcantara steering wheel, gearshift level, armrest, and seat faces with red GTS logos stitched onto the headrests and red stitching on the black leather elsewhere. GTS models also get a distinctive front spoiler and a sport exhaust that are options on the S model.
For the 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS models, Porsche has also attempted to improve the soundtrack of the turbocharged flat four, which has come in for some stick. While the increase in power and torque delivered by the turbocharged flat four-cylinder motors over the outgoing flat six is widely appreciated, its soundtrack is not.
Speaking with Matthias Hofstetter, Director of Powertrain for the 911 and 718 model ranges, I learned that Porsche has taken this criticism on board and is doing their utmost to improve the sound as the 718 range develops.