There’s no way a Guards Red Carrera GTS is
camouflaged anywhere, but this Porsche has a
few tricks to blend in as Oriol Servia discovers.
Words & Images Richard S. James
It’s not an all-out performance car; it’s
not a straight-up luxury car. But for a
demanding shoe like Servia (BELOW),
the GTS is a near-perfect compromise.
Road cars are by necessity exercises in compromise. Even those that purport to do one thing very well – be that one thing luxury, economy or sportiness – must make tradeo;s
to accommodate at least some of the other elements and keep
their occupants safe.
Among sports cars, that is especially true. Most people
would have no trouble wrapping themselves in luxury every
day. Cars that get 50mpg while keeping drivers comfortable
and safe are becoming quite common. But automobiles built
for pure driving excitement are harder to live with on a daily
basis. Comfort adds weight; economy robs power. That’s why
the ultimate expressions of road-going sports cars – say, the
Ariel Atom, Lotus Elise or Porsche GT3 RS – are usually second
(or third or fourth) cars.