Porsche has perfected the art of splitting hairs. The 2022 model year offers no fewer than 21 distinct variants of the 911, ranging from basic to bonkers. The GTS adroitly navigates this gamut, offering a level of performance that slots in between the Carrera S/4S and the GT3. This year, though, additional features give the GTS a harder edge, moving it closer to the GT3.
The GTS trim has long been defined by its curated list of meaningful performance upgrades, including a stiffer sport suspension, dynamic engine mounts, stouter brakes, a sport exhaust, and, of course, more power. By increasing boost pressure from 16.0 to 18.6 psi, Porsche ups both the horsepower and torque figures by 30 over the Carrera S. With the twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six chuffing out 473 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, our 911 GTS test car charged to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. The quarter-mile arrived in 10.9 seconds at a speed of 128 mph. The standard eight-speed dual-clutch automatic is eerily prescient in its operation, regardless of what drive mode is selected. Though we still prefer the engagement of the no-cost seven-speed manual option, it’s impossible to beat the automatic’s efficacy, particularly on the track.
Although this AMG isn’t as immersive to drive as its archrival from Porsche, it’s still super athletic, and most models are surprisingly civil on streets that aren’t racetrack smooth. Those who prefer a more refined grand tourer will appreciate the 523-hp GT and 550-hp GT C, and those with sportier desires will gravitate toward the 577-hp GT R and GT R Pro. Most models are available in coupe and softtop-roadster forms, but the track-focused Pro and almighty 720-hp Black Series are hardtop only.
Mustang performs on a straight line with an available 11-second quarter mile. And it brings the same mastery around the edges, especially in the Mustang Mach 1, the fastest lateral 5.0L Mustang to date. The dialed-in suspension, braking systems, MagneRide® Damping System and tire packages available in this engineering marvel ensure responsive handling and an absolute thrill on the track.