At the risk of sounding biased ourselves, we rather feel like an overall critical review of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS – or any Type-991 variant, for that matter – requires one heck of a well thought-out defense.
And no, it’s not out of any particular personal feelings about the current-generation 911 that we feel this way. Rather, the Porsche 911 is one of the most fervently-loved sportscars on the planet, and despite over 50 years of having an engine placed in a fundamentally flawed location over the rear axle, the diehard enthusiasm of the 911-loving public speaks volumes about the car’s ability to please. Moreover, it’s a matter of self-preservation; speaking ill of one of the motoring world’s favorite sweethearts is bound to attract some hate-mail.
And then, of course, there’s the fact that the 911 is objectively good – or at least capable. It wants for nothing in the performance department. Take this Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, for instance, recently reviewed by Alex Kersten of Car Throttle in the video below. Its 3.8-liter flat-6 makes an awe-inspiring 430 HP without forced-induction, enough for a 3.8-second 0 to 60 sprint (or 4.2 seconds with the manual), and a 188 mph top speed. That all ships with an unshakable level of grip, with traction aided by a clever AWD system.
Despite all this, Mr. Kersten is rather negative in his review of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS. The justification for his appraisal, in so many words: the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS isn’t as fun as a Cayman, mostly because it’s too drivable. He even calls the car “too too good” at one point.
Granted, there is certainly something to be said for the inherent agility of a mid-engined layout – a benefit of the Cayman which Mr. Kersten never gets around to mentioning. But does the mere existence of the Cayman GT4 especially detract from the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS? Doesn’t it exist for its own, separately-defined merit?
We’ll let you answer that one.