Name a more iconic car than the Porsche 911. You can’t. From the poster in your nursery (and maybe adult) bedroom to starring in countless movies (Bad guys!), to breaking necks every time you drive by, it is the epitome of style and sport.
Porsche has been making the 911 for almost 60 years! Therefore, the icon is almost flawless. If you did the same thing for 60 years you would be an absolute expert, the 911. And new for 2022, arguably the best Porsche 911 you can get is the GTS.
although the most recognizable car in the world has only evolved slightly in the last 60 years (still very similar, still rear-engined, etc.), the rest of the automotive world is evolving rapidly. The question is, with today’s sports cars offers much more horsepower, bigger engines and even Porsche’s inevitable EV transition, does King Carrera still reign? Porsche is so confident in their supremacy, they sent a near-bottom stock 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS to help us figure it out.
- 3.0-litre flat-six engine
- 7-speed manual free option
- Sports Chrono Package
- 0-60 MPH 3.1 seconds (PDK)
- Sports exhaust
- Fashion model: 911
- Engine/Engine: 3.0-liter Twin-Turbo Boxer-6 / 3.7-liter Twin-Turbo Boxer-6 / 4.0-liter Boxer-6
- Horsepower: 380-503 hp
- Couple: 332-590 lb-ft
- Drive: RWD, AWD
- Transfer: Six-speed manual transmission, seven-speed manual transmission, seven-speed automatic dual clutch transmission, eight-speed automatic dual clutch transmission
- 30+ MPG on the highway
- Solid brakes
- It’s a Porsche
- Understated beauty
- Very little storage
- Low hanging makes getting in and out difficult
Porsche 911: simple, beautiful
The story behind the Porsche brand is fascinating and probably shaped the 911 we know and love today. What’s so impressive about the 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera is that kids, adults, and non-car people all know, “Hey, that’s a Porsche.” The iconic headlights, tapered nose and wide rear hips are an absolute surprise. In the 911 line there are three categories: the Coupé, Cabriolet and the Targa. You could jump up the base 911 for $106,101 or go to full race mode in the $223,800 track-attack GT3 RS or be jealous of every Rennsport meeting in the $272,300 911 Sport Classic. Regardless, the design is still iconic.
When our GT Silver Metallic 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS rolled up, the first thing that struck me was how understated it was. No wings, no crazy blue color; not even a sunroof. It was essentially a bone-stock 911 GTS. Often, when a brand lends us a car for a few days, it is packed to the brim with the latest technology, stitching and exterior sports packages. Porsche told us that they sometimes want to offer these “base” models for media to drive with to give us the chance to drive pure. And it worked.
All GTS models have the Sport Design package as standard (normally a $4890 upgrade), which brings blacked out headlight and taillight housings, as well as Satin Black accents on the spoiler lip, center locking wheels, door graphic, exhaust pipes and culminating in the Porsche script and model name on the back. The most eye-catching features of our 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS were the wheels and brakes. Each element borrowed from a different model. The bright red 6-piston front and 4-piston rear brake calipers are from the Turbo and the 20″ front and 21″ rear central locking wheels are from the Turbo S. They provided a great driving experience and any self-respecting gear head should ride one…but more on that later.
Impressive road-ripping and road-tripping
Most people judge a book by its cover and a sports car by its specification sheet. But the GTS is so much more than numbers. Admittedly, the 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS has some impressive. It offers 473 horses emanating from the 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat six, and will hit 100 mph in just 3.1 seconds (with the 8-speed PDK automatic transmission). Of course there are other cars with bigger engines and more horsepower, but the numbers fall short there. The Porsche has history, presence and a unique driving experience that only a purpose-built sports car with a 7-speed transmission can provide.
As you walk up to the car, the recessed door handles pop open to greet you. We loved that flair. Once in the GTS, we settled into the snug and snug standard sports seats. Looking around, we noticed the free seven-speed manual shift knob wrapped in Race-Tex (think Alcantara). Trying to contain our excitement, we reached for the left side of the steering wheel and turned the fake key fob to start the ignition. The 3.0 liter twin-turbo came to life, and so did we. Only David Hasselhoff’s pipes sound better for a German than the roar of the GTS.
What really makes the GTS shine is where it lands in the 911 Carrera range, it’s more than a Turbo S, but not quite the GT3. It has refinement for the everyday driver yet the GTS-specific suspension with auxiliary springs, the 10mm lower ride height and optional rear-axle steering ($2,090) to make this traceable.
After taking in the glory of Porsche’s updated modern and clean interior (no more 100 buttons on the center console), we set out for some winding roads in South Atlanta. The other option ticked off on this 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS was the Front Axle Lift System ($2,770), which came in handy because the front of the low-slung racer and the area’s speed bumps don’t get along very well. could. An impressive feature of the elevator system is that it can geo-tag an area where you turn on the elevator, then remember it and when you return to those coordinates it will lift the nose. That’s great if your home’s driveway is uneven, or if you have speed bumps in your area.
Once we got out on open, windy, two-lane roads, the GTS was flawless. Each shift brought a wave of power as if each gear had its own motor waiting for us to summon it. We couldn’t contain ourselves as laughter erupted with pure joy. The wide tires and powerful brakes, the bear-snarling engine and the seven-speed gearbox had us in the clouds. This is how a car should be. This is what it feels like to make one specific car for 60 years.
Of course we knew the GTS would shine on corners, but it was the highway driving that shocked us. We took it on a quick 200 mile road trip and averaged around 32 mpg! The optional $230 Extended Range fuel tank with a 23.7-gallon capacity meant (in theory) we could cruise over 700 miles at that rate before needing to refuel. As a non-hybrid twin-turbo engine with over 470 horsepower, we thought this was amazing.
The interior is modern, simple, refreshing
So clean and unobtrusive was the exterior of the 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, the interior echoed that design. Our near-base model came with the stock sports seats, Race-Tex material (think Alcantara) on the gorgeous steering wheel, gear knob, center console and touch points on the door. The dashboard had a beautiful analog tachometer in the middle with the GTS script. On either side was a digital screen that displayed various bits of information, such as temperatures, the digital Sport Chrono or a large navigation map.
The Sport Chrono Package always been a nice upgrade for a 911. It brings an analog Chrono on top of the dashboard and the driver can turn it on using the controls on the steering wheel. We never “needed” timed laps, but it certainly helped set the mood when we hit the “start” button at a green light and left. Below the chronograph is a 10.9-inch horizontal touchscreen. It features wireless Apple CarPlay and (new for 2022) Android Auto. It is responsive, clean and responds to “Hey, Porsche” to adjust various infotainment controls.
The steering wheel is thin with a few buttons, the most important of which is the drive mode selector. Turn a knob on the steering wheel to select Wet, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus. Each of these will adjust the GTS’s suspension and traction. Since we had the 7-speed manual, there is also a rev-match function in the Sport and Sport Plus modes, but it can be disabled (high five for Porsche) via the PCM infotainment system because heel-toe in these car is just too beautiful to pass up – even if scientifically it’s not the fastest.
Storage is quite scarce, but we’ve found places for wallets, keys, phones and water bottles (very small) that provide just enough convenience. The backseat can hold bags, camera equipment, or people about the size of a fourth-grade girl. The rear seat backs can be folded down and stowed flat when needed. Because the rear window doesn’t fold up (there’s a motor underneath), it’s helpful to fold the seats down if you need to carry more than two cabin bags. The latter, Porsche claims, fits in the frunk (sorry, Elon, Porsche had it first) and we found it surprisingly roomy with a large travel bag and backpack for our 2-hour road trip.
In classic Porsche fashion, they let the customer design his car down to the smallest details. For the right price, you can get seat belts in different colors, contrast stitching, carbon fiber in the interior, racing seats, have your keys painted to match the car, or even for about $11,000 you can have your Porsche painted in any sample color you want. It is much.
Having that kind of control is great, but the lack of some of the conveniences you’d expect at the $136,700 price point surprised us. No blind spot monitoring, no lane assistant, no adaptive cruise control and no heated steering wheel. We understand that the ethos of the 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS is to find a way and break it….
Our last take… A thousand times, “Yes”
There’s nothing like a Porsche. It is a legend, an icon and has stood the test of time (almost 60 years) as the pinnacle of sports cars. Of course, something like the breathtaking Porsche 911 GT3 RS from 2023 we think the 2022 Porsche Carrera 911 GTS may be the best version of the 911 ever. It keeps the balance between track car and daily driver. It’s like a nice pair of jeans. You could wear them to beer with the boys or a wedding. And for once we were happy with the off-the-rack GTS. A simple RWD, 7-speed manual transmission with windows and seats seems exactly what Ferdinand Porsche had in mind nearly 60 years ago. And if you can’t afford one… maybe buy some shares with the IPOs? What more can we say? It’s final printing.