Porsche 911 GT3 Goes Stealth Mode In Frankfurt
New Touring package keeps the good stuff, dials back visualsby Jonathan Lopez, on
With its enormous rear wing and track-bred attitude, the Porsche 911 GT3 is not traditionally the sort of car you want if you’re looking to fly under the radar. Now, however, Porsche is offering a stealthier alternative in the form of the new Touring package for its high-strung two-door. Following in the foot steps of the updated 2018 911 GT3 introduced earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, the Touring package promises a purist’s approach to going quick. For starters, the old look-at-me aero in back was replaced with a far more understated trailing lip, drawing its design inspiration from the 911 Carrera. Inside, there’s oodles of leather added everywhere. What’s more, the GT3 Touring is only offered with a six-speed manual transmission. Cue enthusiast celebration.
This latest Touring Package is a nod to the past equipment package offered on the 1973 Carrera RS, but adds a touch of modernization on top. “This variant is aimed at fans of high-quality sports cars who particularly value an understated appearance and classic driving enjoyment,” says Porsche. The GT3 Touring Package is offered in conjunction with practically every other option on the 911 GT3 table, with the exception of the Clubsport and Alcantara lines. That means the branded ceramic brakes, Chrono Package, wheel options, and similar stuff is all fair game. The Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package is available now for 152,416 euros in Germany, or $143,600 in the U.S., matching prices for the standard model.
Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package.
Move Along, Nothing To See Here
As previously stated, the biggest aesthetic difference you’ll find with the Touring Package is at the rear end. Rather than a wing big enough to land a plane on, the Touring Package adds an upturned flick to the tail and a Gurney flap, giving it a much sleeker appearance. There are new badges as well that declare the requisite GT3 Touring nomenclature.
Rather than a wing big enough to land a plane on, the Touring Package adds an upturned flick to the tail and a Gurney flap, giving it a much sleeker appearance.
Meanwhile, the front end still looks just as aggressive as before, with the same headlight designs and enlarged side intakes. In the corners are the same large wheels as well, rocking a forged alloy construction and 20-inch diameter. Wheel width is 9 inches width in front and 12 inches in the rear. You’ll also find silver window stripes, and if you go for the Black Exterior version of the Touring Package, several trim elements will take on a darker hue.
What About The Cabin?
Appropriately, Porsche added some extra interior stuff to the cabin as well. Most notable is a good deal of leather, which replaces the Alcantara normally found on the the steering wheel, shifter, door panels, center console, and door handles.
Meanwhile, the seat centers are done up in fabric, while the trim gets a black aluminum treatment. The Porsche Communication Management system also comes as standard.
Any Extra Speed Included?
Unfortunately not, buy that’s not a big deal – you’re not really gonna be left wanting when it comes to performance. Extra handling chops come by way of the rear-axle steering system, while the same naturally aspirated 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine provides the motivation. Power produced comes to 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque, while the 62 mph benchmark is done in 3.9 seconds. Porsche does mention the inclusion of a sports exhaust system, which will undoubtedly provide a lovely soundtrack when winding that six out to redline.
Read our full review on the Porsche 911 GT3.
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Read our full review on the 1973 Porsche Carrera 911 RS Touring.