It’s one of the best cars on sale today and it’s hard to find an element often associated with old cars.
When I apply the brakes, the curved nose of the Porsche 911 GTS dives towards the top of the corner. Then I remember that I need to do more than just turn the colorful suede steering wheel to the right.
My left foot presses on the clutch, I pull the shift lever south and my right heel presses on the gas pedal. It’s exciting and exciting.
A manual transmission is a rarity these days, but Porsche has equipped its latest GTS Coupe with a seven-speed transmission, answering the call of purists who want a more practical driving experience.
It’s the only “normal” 911 you can buy with three pedals: a $370,000 GT3 with a manual transmission, but you’ll end up at the end of a long waiting list while you need an invitation to give Porsche the $600,000 they’re asking for. 911 next year. Sport Classic.
The “GTS” badge stands for extra sportiness while maintaining everyday driving comfort – modern 911s are great when you don’t need to carry luggage or rear passengers on your feet. The GTS is available as a coupe, convertible or targa with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, but this manual transmission is only suitable for rear-wheel drive.
Most still choose Porsche’s excellent 8-speed dual-clutch car – it’s a lazier choice, but also a faster one. The GTS Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, while a person with a gear lever needs a relatively late 4.1 seconds. The car consumes less fuel and produces less emissions – more benefits for the car.
What you buy with the manual says more about the show. You are on the stage, not in the hall. If you’re bored, hit the clutch, shift into gear with the short-throw shift lever, and step on the gas pedal. You’ll never tire of the thrill as the boosted flat-six delivers 353kW and 570Nm.
The GTS lacks soundproofing, so the sports exhaust—particularly in Sport Plus mode—is brilliantly intrusive. Leave everything in normal mode and it will move at a silent speed, while the adaptive suspension shifts from hard to soft and absorbs bumps well enough for you to use this supercar every day.
Then there is the ability to corner. On short, twisty roads, the GTS mocks corners and bumps. It comes into corners hard, has stunning balance, and is quick to push through seemingly any gear with just the slightest hint of turbo lag. Giant tires on matte black GTS wheels – 20-inch front and 21-inch rear – provide ridiculous grip.
GTS needs a track to reveal its true specs and capabilities, which is why we were given a short session. Using the manual takes more brain power, but the super-smooth and fast switch makes you constantly grab for a new change, just like you love your favorite chocolates. Then hold the gear to the red line and enjoy the unpleasant howl of the exhaust.
It’s fun, playful, easy to handle, and with Sport Plus turned on, it’s a joy to stick out its tail. If you can time the manual upshift as it straightens out, you don’t feel half like a hero.
Typically, Porsche offered our test car a host of dynamic options, including rear-wheel steering and dynamic chassis control, which added to the shine. Those extras (plus a lot more) meant the exit price was around $390,000, and when you factor in Porsche’s stingy three-year warranty, this isn’t a car for the average person.
Your money can buy a clean 911 shape, untainted by aggro body kit or fenders, just matte black design elements, a front spoiler and painfully beautiful center lock alloys.
And try to find a cabin that is more driver-oriented. The controls wrap around the driver, the three pedals are perfectly positioned, and the main surfaces are covered in suede. The Bose audio system, voice control, advanced infotainment system and decent driver safety features show that this may be a Porsche for purists, but luxury hasn’t been forgotten.
VERDICT 4.5 / 5
Who cares if the car goes faster, the manual GTS is the only 911 you’ll ever need.
PORSCHE 911 GTS COUPE VITALS
PRICE About $330,000
ENGINE 3.0-litre six-cylinder twin-turbo petrol engine, 353 kW / 570 Nm
WARRANTY / MAINTENANCE 3 years / unlimited mileage, service without price limit
SAFETY Not rated, 6 airbags, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, rear cross traffic alert
THIRST 10.7 l / 100 km
CARGO 132 liters
Originally published as 2022 Porsche 911 GTS Review