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NAIAS 2017: Porsche unleashes 444 horsepower 911 GTS

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Anton Andres / Porsche | January 09, 2017 14:42

Porsche introduces mid-range 911 with more power

Porsche has slotted in a new variant in the long and diverse 911 range. Their latest addition to the lineup is the called GTS and serves as the model above the 911 Carrera S. Like most 911s, it will be available with a host of body styles, namely coupe, cabriolet and Targa.

NAIAS 2017: Porsche unleashes 444 horsepower 911 GTS

The main highlight of the 911 GTS is its powertrain system. It's engine is still pased on the new, turbocharged 3.0 liter flat-six engine seen in the Carrera and Carrera 2. It receives a 24 PS bump on top of the standard Carrera S plus a gain of 50 Nm of torque. Power for the 911 GTS is now rated at 444 PS and 550 Nm of torque. The 911 GTS is available with either rear wheel drive or all-wheel drive, as well as a choice of a seven-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Porsche says the 911 GTS can do 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds to a top speed of 312 km/h.

Porsche has also tweaked the suspension of the 911 GTS. It sits lower by 3 mm from the standard models and gains Porsche Active Suspension Management or PASM. PASM is a set of electronically controlled dampers that continuously adjusts to the road conditions, as well as speed. There are two selectable modes for PASM, first being Normal and the second, Sport. The 911 GTS also gets the Sport Chrono package standard which includes active engine mounts and a sport exhaust system.

NAIAS 2017: Porsche unleashes 444 horsepower 911 GTS

To differentiate the GTS from the rest of the 911 range, Porsche has made minor additions to the car's exterior. These changes include smoked tail lights, silk-gloss black air intake grille and central black twin tailpipes. A new black trim strip between the tail lights characterizes the rear-wheel-drive models while a light strip is reserved for the all-wheel-drive models. Other GTS-defining markers are a longer front splitter, higher rear wing extension, Sport Design exterior mirrors, 20-inch wheels with central locking device painted in silk-gloss black, plus GTS logos on the doors.