The new 992 911 GTS models are prettier both inside and out, have more power, and feature GTS black bodywork elements.
The 911 992 version is now approaching 3 years old, and with what seems to be a more recent theme for model updates late into a production run, Porsche has produced a series of 992 GTS models starting in the 2022 production year.
It’s actually 12 years since Porsche first introduced a GTS version of the 911. The idea is just to spice things up a little as the range gets deep into its production run. A GTS model adds more power, looks a little more aggressive, has interior mods and fine tunes suspension handling. What’s not to like?
The 2022 Porsche 911 GTS Range – 992
The 992 911 GTS for 2022 is prettier both inside and out, handles better, and has more power. From the outside the 911 GTS has black contrasting bodywork elements and darkened headlight housings. The 20-inch (front) and 21-inch (rear) black, center-lock alloy wheels feature a design from the 911 Turbo S. And, to keep you entertained, the exhaust system has been modified with less sound deadening material – it’s louder, but that’s never enough for those of us who like to wake the neighbors with raucous exhaust volume!
The 911 GTS is available in five flavor combinations depending upon your preference for 2-wheel vs 4-wheel drive, a solid roof vs. a cabriolet or Targa style top:
- 911 Carrera GTS with rear-wheel drive as Coupe and Cabriolet
- 911 Carrera 4 GTS with all-wheel drive, as Coupe and Cabriolet
- 911 Targa 4 GTS with all-wheel drive
The engine has been tuned to deliver 473 hp and 420 lb-ft – that’s 30 hp more than the current 911 Carrera S and 23 hp more than the previous 911 GTS.
From a standing start the 2022 911 Carrera 4 GTS coupe can arrive at 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds using the 8 speed PDK transmission. Porsche is offering a seven-speed manual transmission for the GTS models and has magically coupled it to a shortened gear lever! The new GTS gear lever is 10 millimeters shorter and provides a very traditional sporty three pedal feel for your hands and feet! See, it’s not how long it is, it’s what you do with it that counts!
Suspension and Brake Upgrade
The 2022 911 GTS now features the braking system and suspension tuning from the 911 Turbo. The GTS suspension lowers the ride height by 10 millimeters and includes helper springs at the rear to maintain tension on the main springs in all driving conditions. That gives the GTS a solid rear end feel, and more consistent suspension rebound characteristics.
Optional Lightweight Package
For the 2022 911 GTS, Porsche is offering a Lightweight option. Taking the option will reduce the vehicle weight by up to 55 lbs. This is achieved through lighter carbon fiber full bucket seats, lightweight glass for the side and rear windows, and the use of a lightweight battery. The rear seats are also removed because, well, you don’t need those anyway, right? Included with the Lightweight package are a few other handy features such as rear axle steering and additional aerodynamic underbody paneling.
Well, it seems the entire world has gone black, and Porsche has followed this trend by adding numerous black accents in satin or optional high gloss to the 2022 911 GTS. A multitude of black or darkened exterior details now feature on the GTS models. The Targa 4 GTS has the model-defining Targa bar and Targa lettering in black. Extra stuff painted in satin black include the spoiler lip, the wheels, engine cover grille, and the GTS logo on the doors and rear of the car. Optionally, you can change this satin black look to a high-gloss version. All 911 GTS models include distinctive trim for the front, rear and the side sills. The headlight trim, daytime running light surrounds, and rear lights are also darkened.
Inside, the interior has a selection of places to put your hands finished in grippy Race-Tex cloth material. The GTS includes a GT Sport steering wheel and a Sport Chrono package with mode switch. The Track Precision app and a tire temperature display are also standard dash features. The sport seats offer electric four-way adjustment, while the interior insulation has been reduced to save weight. That cool Race-Tex trim can be found on seat centers, steering wheel rim, door handles, armrests, storage compartment lid and gear lever. Optionally, you can choose the color of the interior stitching with either red or chalk available. The interior has embroidered GTS lettering on the headrests, while the tach and Sport Chrono are finished in the same contrasting colors. A selection of carbon fiber interior trim panels complete the GTS package.
Porsche has had all sorts of issues with the early versions of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM). The GTS models feature an all-new system that brings numerous improvements in operation and connectivity – like it now works and does actually connect to things!
The new generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) now has additional functions and significantly easier operation. The touch icons in the media menu have been enlarged so you can actually read them and the option of rearranging the tiles on the home screen is now available. The improved voice assistant now recognizes natural speech. The system can be activated with a simple “Hey Porsche.” No word yet on how the system will react to swearing or the use of phrases like “hey dopey” for the driver doing 50 mph in the outside lane of the interstate!
We should start to see the new 911 GTS models on the street in early 2022. When you see one, you will know the owner has probably forked over more than $136,700.
Images courtesy of Porsche.