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Porsche Preps New 911 GT3 For Purists

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Our spies have caught the new Porsche 911 GT3 Touring undergoing testing.

Now that the new-generationCarrera has broken cover, it's only a matter of time before all-new versions of other current 911 models arrive. The brand new 911 Turbo is expected to debut before the end of the year, and we already know Porsche is preparing the next-generation 911 GT3. While we've already seen prototypes of the new GT3 undergoing testing, our spies have spotted the new Touring version for the first time.

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Introduced at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, the 911 GT3 Touring was based on the track-focused, 991-generation 911 GT3 but without the rear wing. In its place was an adaptive spoiler similar to the one found on the Carrera. It was also a much cheaper alternative for buyers who wanted a GT3 with an old-school manual transmission but couldn't afford the limited-production 911 R, which was being sold for silly money in the used car market. Unsurprisingly, the GT3 Touring was a huge success for Porsche, so it makes sense for the automaker to repeat this winning formula for the 992-generation 911.

Like the last 911 GT3 Touring, the prototype has ditched the standard GT3's massive rear wing in favor of the 992 991 Carrera's active spoiler. The centrally-mounted exhaust is also a clear indication we're looking at a prototype of the new GT3.

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An updated version of Porsche's naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six will power the new GT3. In the last model, this unit produced 500 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque, but the new version is expected to increase the output to around 550 horsepower. A six-speed manual will also likely be the only transmission option since this was one of the GT3 Touring's main selling points.

As for when the new 911 GT3 Touring will debut, the regular 992 911 GT3 is expected to break cover next year, so the Touring version should follow a few months after. Let's hope it's offered as a no-cost option like the last Touring pack.

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