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    981 base vs GTS in 2015 and 2016 models

    Hi. A newcomer here. I have two basic questions.

    1) What is the exact difference between the base model 981 and GTS?

    2) If I manually added all the options on the base model so that it would resemble the features of the GTS (without the inherent engine performance difference, etc), am I paying more or less?

    3) Is there a substantial difference between the 2015 and 2016 981 models?

    4) Does PASM make the ride more comfortable if you want to use this as your daily driver?

    5) Does 981 have options like lane change assist / adaptive cruise control ?
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    Re: 981 base vs GTS in 2015 and 2016 models

    GTS has the 3.4l engine vs 2.7L for base. GTS has slightly more HP due to tune vs an S model. GTS has a different bumper cover in front and differrent rear diffuser. The S & GTS have bigger brakes (red calipers vs black is a giveaway) and rear cooling ducts. I don't know for sure but have read elsewhere that GTS may have additional center radiator standard.

    There are alwys minor changes from year to year, but either year should be virtually the same.

    When new, it is always better to buy the bigger bundle, however Porsche makes huge money by making as much as possible high priced options.

    On a used vehicle, options are not as expensive in increasing cost if they came with the car. Not all factory options can be retrofitted to a used car. PTV, Burmester audio, etc.

    Make sure the car, if not new, is Certified Pre-Owned (CPOed) by a Porsche dealer as that gets additional warranty and get a pre-purchase inspection (PPI) from an independent shop other than where you are buying the car. (find bad things before you buy the car!). Get an overrev report, especially on manual transmission cars. Software generally protects engines with PDK transmissions. There are six overrev ranges and Porsche does not CPO cars with ignitions in the third range or higher. Overrevs can stretch the timing chain and alter valve timing and possibly lead to future chain failure. The valves will hit the pistons and destroy the engine if timing jumps. So that is why you need an overrev report on a used 981.


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    Re: 981 base vs GTS in 2015 and 2016 models

    Quote Originally Posted by jnl82 View Post
    Hi. A newcomer here. I have two basic questions.

    1) What is the exact difference between the base model 981 and GTS?

    2) If I manually added all the options on the base model so that it would resemble the features of the GTS (without the inherent engine performance difference, etc), am I paying more or less?

    3) Is there a substantial difference between the 2015 and 2016 981 models?

    Thanks !
    The base had a 2.7 L engine while the S and GTS had the 3.4 L. It would be much easier to compare the GTS with an S. The 981 GTS was basically an S with 15 extra HP and an number of options with a discount. A 981 GTS had as standard 20" Carrera S wheels, PSE, sport chrono, an alacantara interior package, PASM, Bi-Xenons with PLDS, sports seats plus, smoked taillights, a sport design wheel and black pipes. There may be a few more, but that's what I can remember.

    2). More. The GTS was a good deal if you wanted all of the options. Some of those options for a Base 981 (esp the big wheels) would have been even more expensive than for the S.

    3). No.
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    Re: 981 base vs GTS in 2015 and 2016 models

    Thanks for all the reply so far. I added a couple of more questions if you guys don't mind.

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    Re: 981 base vs GTS in 2015 and 2016 models

    Quote Originally Posted by jnl82 View Post

    4) Does PASM make the ride more comfortable if you want to use this as your daily driver?

    5) Does 981 have options like lane change assist / adaptive cruise control ?
    4) No. However, these cars are actually quite comfortable, even with a relatively stiff suspension. I have two cars, including a Genesis sedan (very soft and comfortable), but I always take the Cayman for longer trips. I only use the Genny if I need the room or if I am going to be in a crowded parking lot.

    5) Adaptive CC was an option, not sure about LCA. You won't find too many cars with them.


    Voyager6 is correct, the GTS does have an extra rad and the S/GTS brakes are bigger.
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    Re: 981 base vs GTS in 2015 and 2016 models

    Quote Originally Posted by OttawaSteve View Post
    4) No. However, these cars are actually quite comfortable, even with a relatively stiff suspension...
    I am not certain, but I believe that PASM in “normal mode” will actually ride softer than the non-optioned suspension.


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    Re: 981 base vs GTS in 2015 and 2016 models

    Just to be clear... the GTS trim gets the PASM as standard. There is a non-PASM suspension (option X73 -- no cost option) that is really an analog spring/damper AND and extra 10 mm drop.
    PASM in normal will surely be softer than the X73 --- but the X73 option has great ride qualities over a number of road surfaces -- which I can attest to as my GTS has the X73 option.

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    Re: 981 base vs GTS in 2015 and 2016 models

    In spite of what one person said the PASM does indeed make the ride more comfortable as a daily driver. In my experience this is especially true if you have the 20" wheels. Note the PASM is never off. In normal mode it rides softer than the standard suspension unless you start driving aggressively and then it will stiffen up. When "on" it is somewhat stiffer than stock suspension all the time. Myself I drive with the PASM not activated and the tire pressure set to "Comfort". This make for the quietest and smoothest daily driver. The only limitation is that top speed is limited to something around 160 mph which to date has not been a problem. lol As for the X73 it certainly is a well controlled suspension but don't let them fool you it is harder than stock and lower to the ground than stock, 20mm I believe. Unless you track the car on a regular basis I would not want to be bothered with the shortcomings of ground clearance and harshness.

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