Porsche gives birth to a purist-focused 911 that we can all get our hands on

Say what you will about Porsche’s tendency to get a little carried away with its niche variants for the 911, but credit should be heaped on the company for being aware of what customers want. Take the Porsche 911 GT3 for example. By every sports car metric, the 911 GT3 is a shining example of the best of Stuttgart engineering. The only problem with it is that it’s far from being the most understated 911 in the market, no thanks to its attention-grabbing aero bits. Then there’s the 911 R, the answer to prayers coming from Porsche purists who were crossing their fingers for a manual transmission 911. The 911 R was the answer to those prayers, except it was limited to just 991 units. Enter then the Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package. Think of it as the love child between the 911 GT3 and the 911 R, carrying elements from both models and wrapping them all up in one scintillating package.

The car’s name may not roll off the tongue as smoothly as I’d like, but remember, there is a precedence in Porsche’s history of the “Touring” name being used on a 911, specifically the 1973 Porsche Carrera 911 RS Touring. So we’ve established the roots of the 911 GT3 Touring. But far more than just being a product of Porsches-gone-by and previous iterations of the current-generation 911, the 911 GT3 Touring is a car of its own devices, understated in appearance yet ferocious in performance. In my view, this is the Porsche 911 variant that purists have been waiting for.

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  • 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package
  • Year:
    2018
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  • Engine:
    flat-6
  • Transmission:
    six-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    339
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    196 mph
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What makes the Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package Special

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The Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package is, in essence, the best of multiple worlds. Like what my colleague Jonathan Lopez said, "Its understated nature is a big draw, especially for those who want a 911 that’s bred for the race track, but doesn’t come with an attention-grabbing rear spoiler."

The Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package is, in essence, the best of multiple worlds

In place of that jumbo piece of aero, the GT3 Touring Package features the far more subtle automatically deploying spoiler found on the 911 Carrera. Silver window stripes also come standard on the car, as do a sports exhaust system tailpipes, and headlight washer system covers. Opt for the “Black Exterior Touring Package” and as the name suggests, these same silver elements are instead finished in black. And since Porsche’s vanity is just as glowing as any other automaker out there, the exterior features a good share of badges indicating its GT3 Touring name, specifically on the engine cover grille.

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Move to the cabin of the car and you’ll be greeted with a handful of its own exclusive features. Fine leather appears to be Stuttgart’s material-of-choice as surfaces normally finished in Alcantara have been replaced with the leather stuff. In keeping with the all-black tone of the interior, Porsche also added a black aluminum trim around the cabin, creating a stealthy and understated look that coincides with the subtle approach given to the exterior of the sports car.

Move to the cabin of the car and you’ll be greeted with a handful of its own exclusive features

If you think all of this was done intentionally by Porsche, you’d be right. The automaker itself said that the 911 GT3 with Touring Package was born from a desire to give customers who “value an understated appearance and classic driving enjoyment” want they want out of their Porsche 911.

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Speaking of classic driving enjoyment, the 911 GT3 with Touring Package also comes with the same naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine as the actual 911 GT3. Power numbers remain the same, too, at 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. Even better, the 911 GT3 with Touring Package comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission to go with a mechanical rear differential and rear-wheel steering.

As impressive as the car looks and sounds, there is a price to be paid for stripping away that massive rear spoiler and replacing it with a more subdued deployable spoiler. That “price” manifests itself in the car’s acceleration time where the 911 GT3 Touring’s ability to cover 0 to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds is 0.1 seconds slower than the manual-transmission 911 GT3. It may not sound like much, but in the game where every tenth-second matters, this perceived drawback still needs to be mentioned, as does the Touring’s top speed of 196 mph, which is a smidge slower than the 198-mph top speed of the manual transmission 911 GT3.

For what it’s worth, the 911 GT3 with Touring Package really is a Godsend from Porsche.

I suppose that’s the price customers are going to have to pay to get rid of the massive rear spoiler in the name of maintaining a car cloaked in incognito. I don’t think it doesn’t matter too much unless someone is obsessive about the numbers. And for what it’s worth, the 911 GT3 with Touring Package really is a Godsend from Porsche. No longer do we have to complain about losing out on the manual transmission 911 R because we weren’t fast enough to scoop up any of the 911 units that it was limited to. Porsche has officially granted the collective wishes of PDK haters out there who wanted a 911 that they could be fully in charge of. Even better, the 911 GT3 Touring Package is a general release that’s already available as we speak for a price of €152,416 in Germany and $143,600 in the U.S.

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Think it was worth it to lament missing out on the 911 R and then weep afterwards after finding out how much that variant sold in the second-hand market? Well, with the 911 GT3 with Touring Package, you can now wipe those tears away because finally, you can now have your cake and eat it too.

References

Porsche 911 GT3

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the Porsche 911 GT3.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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Read our full review on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

1973 Porsche Carrera 911 RS Touring

1973 Porsche Carrera RS Touring
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Read our full review on the 1973 Porsche Carrera 911 RS Touring.

Press release

New addition to the Porsche puristic vehicles: The 911 GT3 with Touring Package will be unveiled at the 67th International Motor Show (IAA), which takes place from September 12 to 24, 2017 in Frankfurt. It is available exclusively with a manual six-gear transmission, and instead of the fixed rear wing it has a variable rear spoiler like the 911 Carrera. Beneath its understated exterior is pure motorsport technology: The four-litre naturally aspirated engine taken from motorsport reaches 368 kW (500 hp) and generates a torque of 460 Nm. In combination with optimum gear changes, the 911 GT3 with Touring Package sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds to reach a top speed of 316 km/h.

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The name “Touring Package” harks back to an equipment variant of the 911 Carrera RS from model year 1973. Even then, the puristic 911 design and classic interior features were a key element. The new 911 GT3 with Touring Package adopts and modernises this concept. This variant is aimed at fans of high-quality sports cars who particularly value an understated appearance and classic driving enjoyment.

Aside from the Clubsport Package and Alcantara equipment ranges, virtually all 911 GT3 options are also available from Porsche in combination with the Touring Package. They include features such as all exterior and wheel colours, the PCCB ceramic brake, the lift system, LED headlights, all seat variants, the Chrono Package and the audio systems.

The Touring Package option is available to order now. In Germany, the 911 GT3 with Touring package costs – like the 911 GT3 – EUR 152,416 including VAT and with country-specific equipment options.

A high-performance sports car in every respect
With the exception of the rear, the body of the GT3 remains unchanged in the variant with Touring Package. This means it has large air intakes in the specially designed front end, as well as the air outlet that is typical of the 911 GT3 model, located in front of the luggage compartment lid. The front and rear lights are identical, though not dark-tinted. The appearance from the side of the vehicle is dominated by the forged alloy wheels with central locking. At the front, 245/35 ZR 20 tyres are fitted on nine-inch wheels, while at the rear 305/30 ZR 20 tyres are mounted on twelve-inch wheel rims. The tyres create a powerful impression as the body of the new variant is 44 millimetres wider at the wheel arches than the 911 Carrera. Lowering by an additional 25 millimetres further emphasises the width of the car.

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Sporty aerodynamics: Rear spoiler with additional tear-off edge
The subtle structural features are first visible at the rear end. The spoiler wing of the extending rear spoiler from the series-production 911 is equipped with an aerodynamic tear-off edge (Gurney flap) in the vehicle body colour. The specially designed rear lid grille bears the “GT3 touring” logo. Other distinguishing features include the silver-coloured side window strips, sports exhaust system tailpipes and headlight washer system covers, as well as the Porsche logo at the rear. In the “Black Exterior Touring Package” equipment option, these elements are in black, as with the 911 GT3. The front and rear lights are dark-tinted.

Leather interior
The interior creates the feel of a classic sports car with manual transmission. In line with the character of a puristic GT, fine leather is prevalent rather than Alcantara. The steering wheel rim with twelve o’clock marker, shift lever, door panel armrests, centre console storage compartment lid and interior door handles are upholstered in smooth-finish leather. The seat centres are made of black fabric. The headrests feature embossed Porsche crests and all seams in the partial leather interior are sewn in black thread. The finishing touch to the interior is the trim in black aluminium.

Powerful six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine from motorsport
The powertrain and chassis are identical on all 911 GT3 vehicles with manual transmission, including the variant with Touring Package. The naturally aspirated six-cylinder flat engine with four-litre displacement is taken from racing cars such as the 911 RSR and 911 GT3 Cup. The machine is the most powerful naturally aspirated direct-injection engine and has the greatest displacement that Porsche has ever developed for a six-cylinder flat engine on the road. The engine is characterised by its high-speed concept. The crankshaft spins at up to 9,000 revolutions per minute, which is truly extraordinary, even for a sports car engine.

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The gear ratio of the six gears is precisely tuned to the power development of the engine and offers particularly sporty shifting characteristics. An automatic intermediate acceleration function ensures an exciting sound when downshifting. This function is activated via the “Sport” button on the centre console, delivering dynamic shift processes from faster synchronisation of the gears. The GT sports manual transmission transfers the power to a mechanical rear differential lock with automatic braking (PTV).

Fast on the corners, stable on the straights: Rigid chassis with rear-axle steering
The chassis of the 911 GT3 is testament to Porsche’s experience in motorsport. In addition to the basic design, which is optimised for precision, the chassis also boasts superior handling characteristics, thanks predominantly to the active rear-axle steering. Depending on the speed, it steers either in the opposite or the same direction as the front wheels, thereby improving the vehicle’s agility and stability. The size of the tyres on both axles is such that the front wheels optimally transmit steering and brake forces, while the rear wheels provide drive and traction.

Porsche Track Precision app as standard
In addition to Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including an online navigation module with real-time traffic information, the standard equipment of every 911 GT3 also includes the Connect Plus module and the Porsche Track Precision app. This app enables the driver to display, record and analyse detailed driving data on their smartphone.

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