Saturday, September 30, 2017

2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS review, test drive by Hormazd Sorabjee

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No other sportscar is as race-bred and loves to be driven as hard as Porsche’s iconic 911 which, over the better part of a half century, has been finely honed with experience gained from racing around the globe. Hence, a test drive of any Porsche 911 can never truly be complete without a couple of laps around a racetrack. It’s like going to Agra and not seeing the Taj Mahal.

It was in order then to set the navigation system to Killarney Raceway, 30km away from the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, the base for the media drive of the latest Porsche 911 GTS.

GTS stands for ‘Grand Touring Sport’, which, in Porsche-speak, combines long-distance comfort with a shot of sportiness. This slots the GTS models between the regular Carrera, and the more track-focused and hard-core GT3. So is that the sweet spot in the Carrera range?

With the GTS spec offered in every possible variant, you would think so. You can order the GTS in Coupe, Cabriolet or Targa body styles, with the option of a manual or automatic (PDK) transmission, and either two- or four-wheel drive. Porsche has covered it all.

What is common to all GTS variants is the wider body (shared with the Carrera 4 and Turbo) and a beefed-up version of the twin-turbo, 3.0-litre flat-six engine which now develops 450hp – 30hp more than the standard (991.2) Carrera S. Other GTS enhancements include 20-inch centre-locking wheels, a lowered sports suspension, sports exhaust, a limited slip differential, torque vectoring, active engine mounts (which firm up during cornering) and the option of active rear steering.

The insides stand out with the Alcantara finish on the steering wheel, seats and gear lever, which looks and feels great. The cabin abounds with GTS badges and in keeping with its purposeful character, dark bits are used. The wheels, exhaust and badges are all black and the tail-lights have a smoked effect.

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