GT3 With Touring Package Revealed
Porsche has revealed a 911 GT3 aimed directly at purists. The 911 GT3 with Touring Package is exclusively available with a six-speed manual gearbox, and, instead of the GT3’s traditional fixed rear wing, it features a Carrera-style active rear spoiler. Like most of the specification, the new GT3’s engine is shared exactly with its sibling. Therefore the four-litre naturally aspirated unit generating 500hp and 347lb ft of torque allows it to hit 62mph in 3.9 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 196mph – 2mph slower than the ‘normal’ GT3 (thanks to lacking the additional drag usually created by the fixed rear wing).
Of course the ‘Touring Package’ name can be traced back to the 1973 Carrera RS, but this time Porsche has employed it with a modern twist. Thanks to its understated appearance, from the outside there is not much to differentiate the car from the common-or-garden GT3 equivalent, apart from that new design of rear spoiler which features a colour-coded Gurney flap on its leading edge for aerodynamic purposes, and a ‘GT3 Touring’ logo on the decklid.
Silver-coloured side window strips, sports exhaust tailpipes and headlight washer covers are, however, further signifiers. Customers opting for the ‘Black Exterior Touring Package’ get all of these elements finished in black. As with the 911 GT3, the front and rear lights are tinted darker too. Inside there is a leather interior intended to be evocative of classic 911s. The steering wheel rim, gear knob, door panel armrests, centre console armrest and interior door handles are finished in smooth-finish leather with black thread, the seat centres come in black fabric. Though it’s more comfortable inside with no roll cage, there remain only two seats in the front.
The similarities with the specification of the 911 R are hard to ignore, yet customers can, if they so wish, select virtually all 911 GT3 options with Touring Package cars – which would, admittedly, somewhat defeat its purpose. These include features such as PCCB ceramic brakes, nose lift, and the Chrono Package and audio systems. The Touring Package option is available to order now costing £111,802 – the same as a normal GT3. It is not a limited edition model, which might go some way to appeasing those who could not get their hands on a 911 R…