2019 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Convertible

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$133,000 - $139,900

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2019 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Convertible Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Karan Harit Content Writer Updated on: November 18, 2019


The Porsche 911 Carrera GTS is an awesome car on its own. Even with its relatively modest power output, it can take on the big-boy supercars that far exceed its price tag. A plush interior, beautiful exterior design that blends the iconic tropes of 1970s 911 with a few modern touches, and a dexterity to maneuver through the curviest of turns at speed. All these make the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS a force to be reckoned with. How do add to the appeal of such a great automobile? Simple. You take the roof off.

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Pros

Handles like a dream

Interior doesn't compromise on comfort and luxury

Wide range of customization

Sleek, elegant looks

Cons

Harsh ride even in comfort mode

Lacks cargo storage

What's New?

No new major upgrades for 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$133000

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

192 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)

60.6/60.8

dimensions

wheelbase

96.5 in.

length

178.3 in.

width

72.9 in.

height

50.8 in.

curb weight

3351 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

4.4 cu ft.

payload capacity

992 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4 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.



Styles

 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Convertible in Carmine Red color  2019 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Convertible in Carrara White Metallic color  2019 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Convertible in Lava Orange color  2019 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Convertible in Guards Red color  2019 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Convertible in Absolute Black color
Carmine Red

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

9.0

Interior

8.5

8.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Convertible Base

Base

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

$133,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M) Starting at $133,000 MSRP (18/21/26) 450 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3 L, H-6, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed manual rear wheel drive 4

 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Convertible 4

4

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

$139,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M) Starting at $139,900 MSRP (18/21/26) 450 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3 L, H-6, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed manual all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

8.8

Overall Rating


Although the price tag stretches above $130,000, you still get your money's worth of features. Starting from the engine, the Carrera GTS is powered by a 3.0L flat-six engine that produces 450 horses to play around with. Although, you need not always push it to the limit, as the Cabriolet can offer you a nice relaxing cruise with the top down. Leather upholstery comes as standard and there is little noise inside the cabin with the roof up. In spite of that, the car can unleash its true colors and deliver a breathtaking performance around the track if you want it to.

Porsche has done a great job of developing the 911 Carrera GTS over the years. Nevertheless, it faces stiff competition from several other sports cars in its price range. Most of them pack in more power, with the coveted Corvette ZR1 leading the charge with more than 700 horsepower from its V8 engine. Then you have the Mercs and Jags that provide a smoother ride at the cost of a bit of performance. With so many fronts being challenged, it would be interesting to see if the Porsche 911 convertibles are still as awesome as their ancestors.


 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Convertible Features

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 Cabriolet

911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet

MSRP

$133,000

$139,900

Key Features

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

All-Wheel-Drive System
 

Six-Piston Aluminum Disc Front Brakes

Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV)
 

PASM Sport Suspension

 
 

Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including online navigation

 
 

Connect Plus Infotainment System

 

We Recommend

The all-wheel-drive variant is the go-to Porsche if you are hoping to get the best out of the 911 Carrera Convertible. There is no limit to the customization, from color tones to material, so you can have a Porsche 911 Cabriolet perfectly suited to your taste.

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Convertible Engine and Performance

9.0/10

"The GTS variants have the Targa 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 sport suspension." - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

With a 3.0L flat-6 engine placed at the back, deep inside the convertible, the 911 Targa is sports convertible 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 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

MSRP

$122,750

$120,700

$118,900

Engine

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

Turbocharged 3.0L H-6

LT5 supercharged V8

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

7-speed manual

7-speed M/T

Horsepower

575 hp@ 6500rpm

450 hp @ 6500 rpm

755 hp @ 6300 rpm

Torque

516 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

405 ft-lbs @ 2150 rpm

715 ft-lbs @ 4400 rpm

Comparing the convertibles 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 produces a massive 575 hp ahead of the Porsche and the Mercedes-AMG GT-C.

Acceleration

The flat-6 engine churning out 450 hp propels the convertible 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 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

0-60 MPH

3.4 sec

3.9 sec

3.1 sec

Quarter mile

11.7 sec

12.3 sec

10.94

Engine

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

Turbocharged 3.0L H-6

LT5 supercharged V8

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

N/A

NA

N/A

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

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 keeps 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 convertible 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 convertible comes with 13.7-inch discs up front and 12.9 inches at the back. the pedal modulation is flawless and the lightweight convertible 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 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

Brake Front (in.)

15

13.7

15.5

Brake Rear (in.)

14.8

12.9

15.3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3459

3197

3584

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

93

88

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.

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Convertible Fuel Economy

The 911 Targa 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 convertible. 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 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

MPG (city)

16

18

13

MPG (highway)

24

26

19

MPG (combined)

18

21

15

Tank Capacity (gal)

18.5

16.9

NA

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

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Convertible Interior

8.5/10

"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 convertible 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 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

Passenger capacity

2

2

2

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

37.0/56.5/43.0

-

37.9/55.2/43

The 4-seater convertibles 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 convertible 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 convertible 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 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

7.3

9.7

15

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Convertible Exterior

"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 Dimensions

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

The huge 20 inch wheels are not just for aesthetics, they also assist the handling of the convertible. 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.

Model

Jaguar F Type SVR Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

Curb weight (lbs.)

3759

3197

3584

Length(in)

176.2

178.3

179.8

Width(in)

74.2

72.9

77.4

Height(in)

51.6

50.6

48.5

Ground clearance (in)

4.2

N/A

4.5

Wheelbase (in)

103.2

96.5

106.7

Track width (in) F/R

62.4/63.4

60.7/60.8

64.4/63.6

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Convertible Safety

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

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Convertible 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 Targa GTS outsmarts the F-Type SVR with superior handling, agility and laser precise steering. On the interior, both of these convertibles are driver focussed and lack practicality equally.

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS vs Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The Corvette ZR1 is a purpose-built weapon for the drag strip compared to the 911 Targa GTS which was meant to handle sharp corners at high speed. The interiors are more plush 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.

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Convertible 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 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 Targas.