The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Is Too Fast for the Street, but the Porsche 911 GTS Isn’t

For years, the Porsche GT badge has meant one thing: the most insane, all-out thing the boys and girls in Stuttgart are able to produce. Obviously, as cars get faster, so too do cars like the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3. For the last several years, the GT3 has been too fast for the street, and that’s a trend that will certainly continue.

Farah says the Porsche 911 GTS is a great car for a lot of money | The Smoking Tire

Thankfully, Porsche makes an almost-GT car for the street: the Porsche 911 GTS. It’s laughably quick, sure, but it’s also a far more streetable car than the super expensive, razor-edge GT3.

How much is a 2022 Porsche 911 GT3?

A grey 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 in Touring specification with no wing, shot from the front 3/4 angle on a canyon road
A new 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 is more track toy than street car | Porsche

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Broad strokes first. A 2022 Porsche 911 GTS will run you $136,700 MSRP. That’s a lot of money, yes, but that’s also the better part of twenty-four thousand dollars off the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 MSRP of $161,100. Of course, all that’s before options, which Porsche is notorious for. Power is way down from the GT3 as well, but that’s not a bad thing.

Car and Driver tested the Porsche 911 GTS and found it to have 473 hp and 420 lb-ft. That’s a big number, but not as big as the GT3’s 502 hp and 346 lb-ft. Of course, that omits the GT3’s biggest Achilles’ heel on the street, which Matt Farah so kindly pointed out in the video above.

The Porsche 911 GTS is just GT enough

A red Porsche 911 GTS on a beach at sunset, shot from the front 3/4
The Porsche 911 GTS is the half-and-half of GT cars | Porsche

A 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 will rev to 9,000 rpm. That’s a lot. It gets there with the help of a lightened flywheel, which Farah says is a little tricky around town. In short, that 9000 rpm redline is too high to fully run out the motor on the street. That, combined with the 500+ hp means you’re going too fast too soon. The Porsche 911 GTS slows things down a little, and it’s just enough.

The GTS with a manual transmission will take 3.7 seconds to reach 60, hitting its 7,800 rpm redline on the way. Per Matt’s drive review, that’s still stupid fast, but not so fast you’re frustrated with the upper limits of your $130,000 sports car. And, because the GTS isn’t a full-fat GT car, its softer suspension won’t break your back on the way to work.

The new GTS is far more usable than the GT3 every day

The rear 911 badge on a red Porsche
The 911 is an incredibly usable package | Artur Widak via Getty Images

In short, the Porsche 911 GTS is the GT-best (sorry). It’s still fast as all hell, but totally usable on the street. There’s no reason a single (or married) person without kids couldn’t use one of these every day, especially if that person opts for AWD at the dealer.

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