The Porsche fan's favorite model has just landed.
It doesn't matter what kind of car you drive, a Porsche will be better. This is one of the known laws of the universe and there's not much you can do about it. When it comes to proper GT models like the 911 GT3 and the upcoming GT3 RS, there's no doubt that shaving every last second off a lap time is the main focus, but what if you're the type of person who buys a car to enjoy every day? Someone who doesn't like an attention-grabbing rear wing? Well, the 911 GT3 Touring returns for another year, and it's still the pick of the bunch.
As is the Porsche way, don't be fooled into thinking that removing the wing on the regular GT3 entitles you to some sort of discount. Oh no, just like that car, you must shell out at least $163,450 to get your hands on one. However, you do get an adaptive rear spoiler that sits flush with the body when not in use, along with the same 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six. That's because, although a clearly different model, the GT3 Touring is marketed as a no-cost optional package. Best of all, the spoiler can be raised or lowered at will. Despite the extra electronics, Porsche says curb weight remains the same at 3,164 pounds, and with 502 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque at your disposal, that's no problem.
Of course, we don't favor the GT3 Touring just because it doesn't have a wing. Another fan favorite is the option of a six-speed manual instead of the standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic at no charge. Unfortunately, the manual isn't available in California due to noise restrictions. Those who opt for the stick get an automatic throttle-blipping function and a higher top speed of 199 mph (PDK-equipped cars top out at 197 mph). Whichever transmission you get, the wingless GT3 is certainly the prettier, but it's not just the lack of a swan-neck aero appendage that sets this car apart in the styling department.
Other subtle touches include silver trim surrounding the windows and a color matched front end. In the regular GT3, you get loads of black paint on that fascia. There's also a little "GT3 Touring" badge on the engine cover and the exhaust tips are silver to match the window trim, although you can order black if you like.
Inside, you get more leather and embossed surfaces with the Touring script, as well as fabric seat inserts. It's available to order now and will arrive early next year. While you're busy designing your dream 911, you may as well configure a watch to match too.