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2018 porsche 911 GTS

The Porsche 911 GTS is a mid-range model designed to slot between the Carrera S model and the track-focused GT3. In addition to the coupe discussed here, the 911 GTS is available as a convertible that is aimed at sun worshipers.

Overview
Power for the 911 GTS comes from 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six engine that makes 450 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 405 pound-feet of torque from 2,150 to 5,000 rpm. Rear-wheel drive and a seven-speed manual transmission come standard, and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is offered at an extra cost.

The 911 GTS hits 60 mph from a stop in 3.9 seconds when it's equipped with the manual, and it goes on to a top speed of 193 mph. Go for the two-pedal setup and it'll blast to 60 mph from a stop in 3.5 seconds.

Fuel economy is surprisingly reasonable for a high-performance machine. The GTS returns 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with the stick, and 20/26 with the dual-clutch.

The 911 Carrera 4 GTS offers all-wheel drive. It uses the same engine as the rear-wheel drive model, but it performs the benchmark zero-to-60 sprint in as quick as 3.4 seconds.

Looking the part
Visually, the GTS stands out from other members of the 911 lineup thanks to 20-inch center-locking alloy wheels painted gloss black, smoked Bi-Xenon headlights, a new front bumper with an additional air intake, bigger air intakes behind the doors, sport design door mirrors, chrome-plated exhaust tips and a number of model-specific trim pieces all around. All models boast the same wide rear end as the all-wheel drive Carrera 4.

Standard and optional features
The 911 GTS comes standard with a start/stop system, Porsche's Torque Vectoring system, an electric parking brake, red brake calipers, an automatic rear spoiler, water-repellent coating on the door windows, rain-sensing wipers, a universal audio interface with a USB port, a nine-speaker 235-watt stereo, a 7-inch color touch screen, navigation, a HomeLink Transceiver, an active carbon filter, dual-zone A/C, Alcantara upholstery on the steering wheel, the gearshift lever and the door panels, black brushed aluminum trim and cruise control.

Highlights from the nearly endless list of options include metallic and special paint colors, body-colored wheels, different upholstery colors, 14-way power sport seats, an 821-watt 12-speaker Burmester audio system, a rear wiper, clear glass tail lamps, parking sensors on both ends, a rear-view camera, an electric sunroof, an aluminum look fuel cap, carbon ceramic brakes and a sport suspension.

Occupant safety
The 911 GTS comes standard with front, knee, side, head and thorax airbags, electronic stability control, traction control and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Key competitors
The 911 GTS squares off against the, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, and the Audi R8.