2020 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

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2020 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Karan Harit Content Writer Updated on: November 8, 2019


The Porsche 911 Carrera GTS bridges the gap between the basic Carrera models and the GT3 and GT3 RS trims. Available as either a rear-wheel-drive or an all-wheel-drive coupe, the GTS is the closest you can get to the 911R with the manual 6-speed and the clean understated look. The 3.0L flat-6 engine makes the most power you can get on a Carrera.

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Pros

Laser-Precise Handling

Immense Grip Through Corners

Excellent Body Control

Best-in-class Efficiency

Cons

Harsh Ride Even In Comfort Mode

Low Cargo Capacity

What's New?

No major changes for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$120700

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

193 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

182 cu.in.

horsepower

450 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

405 lbs.-ft @ 2150 rpm

transmission

7-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar and w/active anti-roll bar(optional)

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar and optional

brake rotors (f/r)

60.7/60.8

dimensions

wheelbase

96.5 in.

length

178.3 in.

width

72.9 in.

height

50.6 in.

curb weight

3197 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

4.4 cu ft.

payload capacity

1035 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/26 mpg

highway range

457.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


Ratings

Features

5.5

Engine And Performance

9.3

Fuel Economy

8.5

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.2

Safety

7.5

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Base

Base

power
450 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$120,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M) Starting at $120,700 MSRP (18/21/26) 450 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3 L, H-6, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed manual rear wheel drive 4

 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS 4

4

power
450 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$127,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M) Starting at $127,600 MSRP (18/21/26) 450 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3 L, H-6, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed manual all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.8

Overall Rating


The $120,700 911 Carrera GTS coupe comes with a 7-speed manual or a 7-speed PDK and rear-wheel drive. The Carrera 4 GTS at $127,600 is the all-wheel-drive version of the coupe. Apart from that, you can also have the 911 as a Cabriolet. Regardless of which trim you choose, you get a twin-turbo flat-six in the back. The handling is just as good as you would expect from a 911: cutting corners effortlessly at speed.

In the high-performance sports coupe segment, the 911 faces the competition head-on against rivals like the F-Type SVR, the LC 500, the Corvette ZR1 as well as the Nissan GTR. With such a diverse range of cars challenging the Porsche at various different fronts, it remains to be seen if the 991-type Carrera GTS still has its cylinders firing like they are supposed to.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe Front Three-Quarter View
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe Front Three-Quarter View
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe Rear Three-Quarter View
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe Rear Three-Quarter View

5.5/10
Features

 

9.3/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.2/10
Exterior

 

7.5/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Features

5.5/10

The Carrera GTS is available as either a rear-wheel-drive or an all-wheel-drive version. Apart from that, there is no other difference in the GTS which comes with massive 20-inch center-lock wheels, six-piston brakes, and Apple CarPlay.

Model

911 Carrera GTS

MSRP

$120,700

Key Features

Center-lock 20-inch 911 Turbo S wheels painted in satin black

 

Six-piston monobloc aluminum fixed brake calipers at the front, four-piston units at the rear, discs internally vented and cross-drilled, calipers in red

 

PASM Sport Suspension

 

Porsche Stability Management (PSM), Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV)

 

Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including online navigation

 

Connect Plus including online navigation, Apple CarPlay, telephone module, and wireless Internet access

We Recommend

The all-wheel-drive variant is the go-to Porsche if you are hoping to get the best out of your Porsche. However, if you’re an enthusiast who wants a manual transmission along with rear-wheel-drive, the Porsche got you covered.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Engine and Performance

9.3/10

"The GTS variants have the Carrera S engine with the Powerkit upgrade (450 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque). The GTS also has a wider rear track, 20-inch center-lock wheels from the Turbo S, a PASM sports suspension." -Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

With a 3.0L flat-6 engine placed at the back, deep inside the coupe, the 911 Carrera is sports coupe with amazing handling and smooth power delivery. The engine revs like a beast and the rising rpm deliver more and more power to the tarmac. The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is absolutely flawless, with precise and lightning-fast upshifts and downshifts that send crackles through the sports exhaust.

Models

Jaguar F Type SVR coupe

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe

Corvette ZR1 1ZR coupe

Nissan GT-R Pure

MSRP

$122,750

$93,325

$120,700

$118,900

$99,990

Engine

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

5.0L V8 Premium Unleaded

Turbocharged 3.0L H-6 

LT5 supercharged V8

3.8L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

8-Speed automatic

10-Speed automatic

7-Speed manual

7-Speed M/T

6-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

Horsepower

575 hp@ 6500rpm

471 hp@ 7100rpm

450 hp @ 6500 rpm

755 hp @ 6300 rpm

565 hp@ 6800rpm

Torque

516 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

398 ft-lbs@ 4800rpm

405 ft-lbs @ 2150 rpm

715 ft-lbs @ 4400 rpm

467 ft-lbs@ 3300rpm

Comparing the coupes purely on the basis of numbers, the Corvette ZR1 is the one with the maximum output of 755hp and 715 lb-ft torque. The F-Type SVR and the Nissan GTR also produce massive 575 hp and 565 hp ahead of the Porsche and the Lexus LC 500.

Acceleration

The flat-6 engine churning out 450 hp propels the coupe to 60 miles an hour in less than 4 seconds. Along with the lightning-fast acceleration comes massive G-forces that push you back into your seat, but the suspension handles the weight transfer to the rear like magic. The quarter-mile sprint is over in a breeze with 12.3 seconds on the clock.

Models

Jaguar F Type SVR coupe

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe

Corvette ZR1 1ZR coupe

Nissan GT-R Pure

0-60 MPH

3.4 sec

4.4 sec

3.9 sec

3.1

2.9 sec

Quarter mile

11.7 sec

13.8 sec

12.3 sec

10.94

11.2 sec

Engine

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharged

5.0L V8

Turbocharged 3.0L H-6

LT5 Supercharged V8

3.8L V6 Twin Turbo

Emission(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/year) 

N/A

9.3

NA

N/A

9.8

The Corvette ZR1 is a full-fledged drag strip weapon and has the fastest standing quarter-mile time in among the competition, taking 10.9 seconds. Although the supercar slayer - Nissan GTR - is the fastest one to 60 making it in less than 3 seconds, the quarter-mile time is a few milliseconds behind the Corvette.

Ride and Handling

The 911 has long been revered as the benchmark of precise handling with the best driving dynamics and chassis control through corners even at the edge of the traction. The low center of gravity along with the stiffened suspension keep you planted to the track and the laser-precise steering with remarkable feedback makes it fun to drive not only on track days but also in the city.

As a daily driver, you might want to take a detour on the rough roads as the sports suspension would rattle your insides like a blender. However, on highways, the coupe is a bliss to drive around and you’d feel in control of the vehicle as you speed past the traffic, within the speed limits of course.

Braking

The coupe comes with 13.7-inch discs up front and 12.9 inches at the back. the pedal modulation is flawless and the lightweight coupe is easy to stop from high speeds easily. You can choose the optional carbon-ceramic brakes for your GTS if you feel like taking your Porsche to the track.

Model

Jaguar F Type SVR coupe

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe

Corvette ZR1 1ZR coupe

Nissan GT-R Pure

Brakes Front (in.)

15

15.7

13.7

15.5

15.3

Brakes Rear (in.)

14.8

14.1

12.9

15.3

15

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3459

4280

3197

3584

3929

60-0 MPH (ft.)

109

105

98

88

97

The Lexus comes with massive 15.7-inch brakes up front, larger than entire wheel hubs you’d find on tiny hatchbacks, but rightly so considering the LC 500 weight about a 1000 lbs more than the 911. Even the 755 hp Corvette ZR1 comes with huge 15.5-inch brakes.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Fuel Economy

8.5/10

The 911 Carrera GTS probably isn’t the best car to use as a daily driver, but among the competition, the Porsche gives you the best fuel efficiency as a sports coupe. In the city, it manages up to 18 miles to the gallon and on highways those numbers can reach 26, making the combined mpg 21.

Model

Jaguar F Type SVR coupe

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe

Corvette ZR1 1ZR coupe

Nissan GT-R Pure

MPG (city)

16

16

18

13

16

MPG (highway)

24

25

26

19

22

MPG (combined)

18

19

21

15

18

Tank Capacity (gal)

18.5

21.7

16.9

18.5

19.5

The Corvette sacrificed any shred of fuel economy to bump up the power figures and thus you get merely 13 mpg in the city and a combined 15 mpg.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Interior

8.0/10

"Loads of headroom and good forward visibility. The materials quality and driving position are excellent. While the back seat is small, the 911 is one of just a few cars in the class to offer one." -The Car Connection

Seating and Comfort

The driver-oriented cockpit makes the ride even more engaging for the driver, with a sport steering wheel with column-mounted shift paddles and controls for the audio and cruise control. The seats, as expected of a sports coupe have excellent bolstering and support to keep you in place through the corners. With enough headroom for the tallest occupants, the low roofline doesn’t hinder practicality.

Model

Jaguar F Type SVR coupe

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe

Corvette ZR1 1ZR coupe

Nissan GT-R Pure 

Passenger capacity

2

4

2

2

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.0/56.5/43.0

37.2/56.5/42.0

N/A

37.9/55.2/43

38.1/54.3/44.6

Rear(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

32.2/49.0/32.5

N/A

-

33.5/50/26.4

The 4-seater coupes not only have better space for the occupants but also get more interior storage, however, the rear seats aren’t as useful as you’d hope to have with most of them not being able to accommodate tall adults. The Lexus LC 500 coupe and the Nissan GTR have some of the best passenger capacity in the segment.

Infotainment

The sport steering connected to a tilt/telescopic column, automatic climate control, 6-speaker audio with CD, SiriusXM and HD Radio, Porsche Communications Management system and front/rear Park Assist. You get Apple CarPlay as standard however, the system lacks Android Auto support. Optionally you can replace the speaker system with a Bose or Burmester surround sound system.

Cargo Volume

Complementing the front cargo bay is more storage options at the back. The mid-engined sports coupe keeps plenty of space open for storing cargo. The front storage is pretty decent but the rake angle of the rear eats up the cargo bay quite a bit. 

Model

Jaguar F Type SVR coupe

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe

Corvette ZR1 1ZR coupe

Nissan GT-R Pure 

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

7.3

5.4

9.7

15.0

8.8

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Exterior

8.2/10

"Death, taxes, and the Porsche 911. Few things in the world are as constant as all three. The Porsche 911’s basic shape hasn’t changed much in the decades it’s been on sale—it’s not changing much next year." -The Car Connection

Design and Styling

The 911s signature design character is very dear to Porsche and hasn’t changed much over the years. In fact, it has aged like fine wine and grown more aerodynamic. It’s wider and sits lower than the base model Carrera 20mm lower to be precise. The integrated spoiler at the rear pops up high speed to give you optimum downforce and also works as an air brake when stopping. 

The huge 20-inch wheels are not just for aesthetics, they also assist the handling of the coupe. At the back, you’d find huge air intakes which, apart from supplying air to the engine, also aid in engine cooling. The front grille is now more aggressive than ever and gives a menacing look to the GTS.

Dimensions and Weight

Model

Jaguar F Type SVR coupe

Lexus LC 500 coupe

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe

Corvette ZR1 1ZR coupe

Nissan GT-R Pure

Curb weight (lbs.)

3759

4280

3197

3584

3929

Length(in)

176.2

187.4

178.3

179.8

185.4

Width(in)

74.2

75.6

72.9

77.4

74.6

Height(in)

51.6

53.0

50.6

48.5

53.9

Wheelbase (in)

103.2

113.0

96.5

106.7

109.4

Track width (in) F/R

62.4/63.4

64.2/64.4

60.7/60.8

64.4/63.6

62.6/63

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Safety

7.5/10

The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe is far out there enough to be expensive to crash test. Therefore, you can't expect any NHTSA or IIHS score anytime soon. Nevertheless, considering just how small the car is, it is surprisingly safe to drive. Sure, you have all your advanced driver aids at work, making sure that you would never do anything stupid when having fun on the freeway. Truly, it is the car's legendary handling that is the last line of defense between the passenger's safety and a terrible collision.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • ParkAssist Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags w/Passenger Off...
  • Curtain 1st Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Competition

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS vs Jaguar F-Type SVR

The F-Type has a roaring V8 to answer the battle cry from the Porsche’s flat-6 engine, and the Jaguar roars louder and stronger. However, on the track, the 911 Carrera GTS outsmarts the F-Type SVR with superior handling, agility, and laser-precise steering. On the interior, both of these coupes are driver-focussed and lack practicality equally. 

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS vs Lexus LC 500 

the Lexus LC 500 was designed as a Porsche slayer and specifically take on the GTS. Along with its powerful engine, it also mimics the Porsche’s nimbleness and precision, but it’s nowhere near as perfect as the German. The cabin of the LC 500 is decked out with exotic styling and premium materials, while the Porsche is much more performance focussed inside.

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS vs Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The Corvette ZR1 is a purpose-built weapon for the drag strip compared to the 911 Carrera GTS which was meant to handle sharp corners at high speed. The interiors are plusher and performance focussed in the Porsche compared to the Corvette. From the outside, the Corvette looks much more aggressive than the Porsche, but in terms of handling, the Porsche is in a league of its own.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Final Verdict

The Porsche 911 Carrera GTS is the best bang for your buck 911 in the lineup, available in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel-drive as well as a 6-speed manual or 7-speed PDK configurations. The widebody Porsche gets you amazing grip and handling while the GTS badge gets you the street cred to stand atop the basic Carreras.