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First Reviews 2022 Porsche 911 GTS First Drive Review: The Best 911?

2022 Porsche 911 GTS First Drive Review: The Best 911?

  • New 2022 Porsche 911 GTS takes the best bits of the 911 lineup

  • Features 473 horsepower and reaches 60 mph in 3.1 seconds

  • Brakes and suspension derived from the 911 Turbo

The new 2022 Porsche 911 GTS introduced back in June is exactly what you expect from a GTS Porsche, and everything that’s great about the new 992-generation Porsche 911.

The Porsche 911 in its 992 generation strikes the best-ever blend of daily usability and sports car performance the model has ever offered. Any new generation of a given model improves upon the previous iteration, but Porsche has a way of making what appears to be small incremental changes seem like huge leaps and bounds without diluting the DNA or the personality of the 911.

The best example of this is the new 2022 Porsche 911 GTS. The GTS trim has existed in the 911 lineup since 2011 and has always represented the most driver-focused, track-ready 911 that isn’t a GT.

It takes the best elements of the Carrera S and the GT3 to make a car that is as enjoyable on the highway as it is on the track, with a superior level of performance to the S without reaching the stratospheric power heights of the 911 Turbo.

This unique combination, paired with distinctive design elements, have made the GTS the favourite version of the 911 for many enthusiasts. It’s no surprise that this trim keeps a higher percentage of its value than just about any 911. It’s designed for owners who plan to use their 911 every day, but that also want to use it on a track regularly.

What’s New on the 2022 Porsche 911 GTS?

A Porsche 911 GTS comes with standard sport features that would cost more to add individually to a Carrera S. Examples include the Sport Chrono Plus package, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Sport Exhaust.

Moreover, the suspension is derived from the 911 Turbo and tuned to the GTS specifically with the main springs under tension in every driving situation. The sport chassis’ height is lowered by 10 mm and the brakes have been tuned to the increased performance of the GTS, again using the 911 Turbo as a starting point.

The turbocharged 3.0-litre flat-six powering the 2022 Porsche 911 GTS delivers 473 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. That’s 23 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque more than the outgoing GTS; and 30 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque more than the Carrera S. Reaching 60 mph requires 3.1 seconds while 100 km/h is reached in 3.4 seconds.

An 8-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox is standard with a seven-speed manual being optional at no extra charge.

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Also new is a Lightweight Design Package that saves roughly 55 pounds by putting lightweight bucket seats in front (the same as in the Cayman GT4), lighter glass in the back, and removing the rear seats. That’s right, the kids can’t come, but your GTS got even quicker.

Lightweight package or not, the end result is a sharper 911 GTS and a car that brakes better, handles better, and accelerates faster than a 911 Carrera S without going to extremes like a GT3 or a 911 Turbo will.

Visually, the blacked-out exterior accent elements of the GTS are back, the car is lower as described above, and the front and rear fascias are more aggressive. Inside, like in any GTS, Alcantara abounds on the dash, ceiling, and steering wheel, and the seats are made of race-tex cloth. That said, buyers can choose just about any material inside and leather seats and dash are possible if you don’t like the feel of Alcantara.

Lastly, the same wheels that are available on the 911 Turbo S are available on the 911 GTS standard, further reinforcing the fact that this is a special kind of 911.

Driving the 2022 Porsche 911 GTS

Any Porsche 911 is special on the road. The first thing you notice in the 2022 Porsche 911 GTS is the improved comfort level compared to the previous GTS. As we left the Porsche Experience Centre in Atlanta, we found ourselves in typically crazy Atlanta traffic, an environment unfitting of a borderline exotic car like the 911. Crawling around at 15 mph, I had ample time to sample how smooth the GTS can be when the Sport Chrono dial is turned to Comfort mode.

The exhaust, enjoyably loud at startup, is a lot more subdued when you keep the GTS out of Sport or Sport Plus modes and is never an annoyance. The race bucket seats of my tester are certainly better for track use than city traffic, but they provided a ton of support, nonetheless. The seven-speed gearbox, one of the best in the business, was not tiring even in dense traffic thanks to a buttery smooth clutch and short lever throws.

If this particular 911 GTS is livable in heavy traffic with its Lightweight Design Package, then a regular 911 GTS will be even better. For anyone looking to daily drive their 911 and wondering if the GTS works well for that purpose, the answer is yes. It’s more refined and more agreeable than the previous GTS, and doesn’t cross the line into GT3 territory where the track environment is preferable.

That said, when the roads opened up, the 911 GTS was more than willing to show off its unique features. The suspension and brakes are a touch above the Carrera S as you would expect, the steering is ever-so-slightly more precise, and the exhaust note is, well, intoxicating. It’s more than just a Carrera S with a Sport Exhaust package, there’s something subtle, lightly more aggressive about how a 911 GTS sounds and this 911-generation pushes the envelope even further.

As for the performance, you do feel the extra 30 ponies over a Carrera S, although if straight-line accelerations are what you crave the 911 GTS isn’t necessary. Every 992-generation 911 has gotten so much quicker, you don’t need to pay the GTS premium to just go fast in a Porsche 911.

Where the 2022 Porsche 911 GTS shines is that it is not only faster than a Carrera S, it’s sharper, more dynamic, more agile, and sounds better, while also being more unique. The GTS is also more than the sum of its parts, meaning that even if you added all the bits and pieces of the GTS to a Carrera S, you wouldn’t get the same experience.

This car represents what the 911 does best which is to provide exceptional, benchmark-setting handling and steering paired with spot-on vehicle dynamics and plenty of power; all of which is wrapped in a vehicle that can and should be used daily. Add a higher than average resale value, even for a 911, and the GTS is more than ever the best Porsche 911.

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Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email

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