Porsche just announced the GTS version of the 911 Carrera. The GTS is essentially a 911 Carrera S with the engine powerkit and all performance items that an enthusiast would want, with a price just perfectly squeezed in between the Carrera S and the Turbo. And in a typical Porsche fashion, the GTS is available in RWD and AWD, coupe and cabrio.
For those confused by all those models, we here at Hooniverse created a handy guide as to fro whom each model was exactly designed for.
911 Carrera – $84,300. Anyone who just wants a Porsche and thinks that the 911 is the only true Porsche.
911 Carrera S – $98,900. Anyone who knows that this car will surpass his/her own limits, but still wants more power than the base 911 and and think that the S must be better.
911 Carrera GTS – $114,200. The car for those who were going to order the Carrera S with the Powerkit and all performance options.
911 Carrera Cabriolet – $96,200. The cougar that just divorced that cheating bastard dentist husband.
911 Carrera S Cabriolet – $110,800. The Viagra-popper in his fifties who wanted a sporty Carrera but the wife insisted on a cabrio.
911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet – $126,100. Those wanting the top line cabrio but think that the turbo is just ridiculous.
911 Carrera 4 – $91,030. Anyone who wants a real Porsche but lives under an illusion that an AWD system will actually help driving down their frost covered driveway.
911 Carrera 4S – $105,630. An enthusiast that lives where winter exists and may actually put winter tires on it.
911 Carrera 4 GTS – $120,900. The enthusiast who thinks the Turbo lost its purity.
911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet – $102,930. Those in four-season climates that want one fun car that they can drive year round.
911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet – $117,530. Those in four-season climates that want one fun car that they can drive year round and think that the S must be better.
911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet – $132,800. Those who want a top of the line 911 Cabrio but think the turbo is just unnecessary and that AWD must be better than RWD because it costs more.
911 Targa 4 – $101,600. Those in four-season climates that want something they can drive year round but are too self-conscious to drive a cabrio.*
911 Targa 4S – $116,400. Those in four-season climates that want something they can drive year round but are too self-conscious to drive a cabrio and think that the S must be better.*
911 Turbo – $151,100. Investment bankers who read Motor Trend, are well aware of Nurburgring times, and therefore know that it’s a better car than a Corvette or GT-R.
911 Turbo S – $182,700. Recent Lottery winners who think that Turbo S is better than the Turbo because the S must be better.
911 Turbo Cabriolet – $163,000. Nouveau riche who need a daily beater at their beach house.
911 Turbo S Cabriolet – $194,600. Custom ordered in ridiculous colors by young fashion designers whose clothing line was just picked up by Sears.
911 50th Anniversary Edition – $121,400. Veteran 911 owner who wanted the new car to match his treasured ’71 RS along with respect from his Porsche owning peers and online forum members.
911 GT3 – $130,400. The guy who wears Pilotis all the time, everywhere. His fancy track suit and helmet bag is where other 911s have rear seats, but no one has actually seen him near a track. Being in upper management and working 100 hours per week, he drives the GT3 to the office only on Saturdays when there is no traffic. He washes it on Sundays.
911 GT2 – $TBD. The GT3 owner with mad track driving skillz who doesn’t want to be held back the moderate limits of the GT3. (not yet on sale)
The 50th Anniversary and GTS are very similar cars. I’d bet that the GTS was introduced only because the 50th Anniversary can’t be sold fifty-one years after the original one. The lack of a Targa 2 and Targa 2S represents a clear gap in the market.*