The new Porsche 992 Carrera S v the 991.2 GTS In this article, as you can see from the title, I am going to compare and contrast the new 992 S model, compared to the 991.2 GTS. Why am I comparing these two models; first, Porsche itself makes claims that the new 992 S is identical to the previous model GTS; secondly, I was lucky enough to drive both of them on the track at the Porsche Experience Center – Atlanta. Listed below are the specs of both cars: 991.2 GTS 992-S Note: these specs were done by “Car and Driver,” you can find these sources at the following: https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/a28352278/2020-porsche-911-carrera-s-by-the-numbers/ https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/a15076891/2017-porsche-911-carrera-gts-pdk-automatic-test-review/ Also, the 991.2 GTS that I drove is my personal car. On that note, I am trying to write this article from an unbiased perspective. Also, I did not get a chance to drive the 992 S under normal daily driving conditions; meaning, I did not drive it on the road. When comparing these two specs on paper, the numbers seem to be almost identical. Will they feel the same on the track? I am going to start off with the 992S. I’m sure everyone who is reading this has already seen several 992s and the slight modifications that Porsche has made. A few people don't like the new design but most Porsche fans do like it. My son thinks the 992 is the best looking 911 ever made. He thinks the lines are very clean and slick and it just looks amazing. I admit, I was not a huge fan of the new body style the first few times that I seen it; however, that has changed, and now I think that the 992s are very good looking cars. Ok, as for my personal experience with the car from the moment the driver gave me the keys, to the moment I stepped out of the car. I was handed the key fob, which is similar to any of the previous models key fobs since the 991s. The difference is the unlocking mechanism. When standing outside of the car and you press the unlock button on the key fob, the door handle actually comes out, giving you easier access to it when opening the car. Personally, I thought this was a pretty cool feature. As you enter the car, the cockpit feels like a Porsche cockpit but it is totally different at the same time. To be honest, I was searching for things in this model that I am very familiar with in my car that I could not locate immediately. The basic layout is the same though, meaning the RPMs (rev counter) is directly in front of you, like all 911s. Instead of me trying to recall each instrument cluster, I am going cite a Porsche article that explains the instrument panel: “ The rev counter is flanked by two variable freeform displays, which indicate the speed, oil pressure and temperature, fuel level and battery voltage, navigation maps, radio announcements, speed limits and any other helpful information – all in high resolution. Just as it did in the original 911, the new dashboard encloses the instrument panel, spanning the entire width between two horizontal wing levels. In the middle, a docked-on control panel with five pushbuttons, styled to look like a classic toggle switch, forms the transition to the centre console with an integrated touchpad. An ignition key is no longer needed: the new 911 features Keyless Go and a rotary switch to start the engine as standard – positioned on the left of the steering column, of course.” https://newsroom.porsche.com/en/2019/products/porsche-911-rev-counter-analogue-eight-generations-992-timeless-machine-valencia-16966.html Now let’s discuss the very controversial gear lever. Yes, I agree with the masses, it is very small and strange, almost awkward in that sense. In addition, you do not move the gear lever forward to put the car in park. You actually press a button, labeled “P” to put it in park, which took some getting used to. There were several times that I pushed the gear lever all the way forward, thinking it was in park, and actually put the car in reverse. This took a few times to get used to. As for cup holders, most Porsche fans will be excited to know that there is a cup holder for the driver in the center console. While driving on the track, I was reaching speeds of around 100 mph, the cup holder kept my water bottle firmly in place the entire time. A few Porsche purist maybe disappointed by this because they like the two-cup holders in the traditional spot, which is in front of the passenger seat. Personally, I like the new cup holders’ location. For those who like the cup-holders in front of the passenger seat, there is still one there but the driver will not be able to reach it since it is located next to the passenger door. As for everything else, it is still a Porsche. The seats were very comfortable, the driver’s position was meant for driving and the steering wheel is perfectly located. Overall, I loved the new interior and applaud Porsche for a job well done; from the 3-dimensional rev-counter, to the cup-holders, to the bigger display screen – everything inside the car looks amazing. Now let’s drive it. Once again, I was in the 992 Carrera S (rear-wheel drive) and the car was kept it in either “sport” or “sport-plus” mode the entire time. Once my eyes were on the road, and I was not looking at the instrument panel anymore, I felt right at home. It is still a 911, and drove like one. As for the comparison between the 992S and my GTS, virtually no difference - it almost felt like I was driving the same car. I know Porsche made several changes to this model (such as, more aluminum in it, all 992s are wide-body cars that was previously used on the GTS models, the overall length grew by an inch, wider rear tires, etc…). From a driver’s standpoint however, it still felt like a Porsche 911. The sound and response was impressive to me. Most purists do not like the turbo charged engines and I totally understand that. There is something special about a naturally aspirated engine that makes it special. However, from a driver’s standpoint, it sounded amazing and I did not feel any “turbo-lag” that you would expect from a turbo-charged car. My overall impression, both driving and styling = A+. Now is the 992 S as fast as the 991.2 GTS, as they claim? To be honest, I don’t think so. On paper, they are pretty much the same car, and like I said before, I am trying not to be biased, but I think my GTS was faster on the track. I felt like it had a little more speed coming out of the turns, and a little more speed in the straights, not much but enough for me to notice the difference. Here is why I think I felt that, the 992 S has slightly less HP (444 HP and 369 foot lbs of torque compared to the GTS at 450 HP and 405 foot lbs of torque) and the 992-S is a little heavier than the 991.2 GTS, which is why I think the GTS just felt quicker. And when I say that, I am talking fractions of a second. To put it in comparison, if I was comparing my GTS to my previous 991-S, my GTS would easily beat that car in every aspect. Would I trade my GTS in for a 992-S? No, I would not. If it was my daily driver, and I wanted all the latest technology and features that the new model is equipped with, than my answer may change. However, my car is not my daily driver, and currently, I would prefer to have the performance that I felt my car had over the 992. Now, having said that, if it was possible, I would swap the 992s interior into my car in a New York minute. I really like the new interior design and the new cup holder. If you are in the market for a 992-S or a 991.2 GTS, which one would you recommend? Personally, I would choose the GTS. Here are my reasons why: 1. Price, you can buy a used GTS, with low-miles (meaning 10,000 or less) for under $110,000.00, which has all of the GTS options standard; however, the base price for a 992 Carrera S with no options is $115,000.00. Again, that is the base model, with no options; versus getting a GTS that has all of the GTS options as equipped with standard features. 2. Certified Pre-owned Porsches - In my personal opinion, I think the Porsche certified pre-owned (CPO) program offer better warranties than the new models, but that is always subject to change and my car buying experience. No matter which 911 you choose, you can’t go wrong. From the air-cooled models, to reputations associated with the 996, you cannot go wrong any of them. I have owned 3 different 911 models (996, 991-S, and 991.2 GTS) and every-one of them put a smile on my face; whether it was just sitting in my garage or hearing the cold-start, I have loved them all. As for the driving experience, all 911s, and Porsches for that matter, have more than enough speed; and actually, I think my 996 handled the best – the steering in it was so precise and you got so much feedback from the steering wheel. Let me know your thoughts on this article and which Porsche model is your favorite? Attached are a few pics of my Sapphire Blue GTS and the 992S that I got to drive.
I would like to thank Erin and Chris at the Porsche Experience Center - Atlanta for hosting this event and Nash at Autohaus Social for the invite. It was an epic day! If you would like your own Porsche Driving Experience, please contact them at: https://www.porschedriving.com/atlanta or https://www.porschedriving.com/los-angeles . To read more about the Porsche Owner's Experience, please see the following article: https://www.por4mance.com/forum/atl-car-enthusiasts/porsche-experience-center-atlanta