The Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package Is The New Purist Porsche

2017 Frankfurt Motor Show / Comments

911 R. Round two.

Yesterday's sneak peak has become official today. Presenting the new Porsche 911 GT3 Touring. Specifically, it's the familiar 911 GT3 with the new Touring Package which, at its heart, is all about a pure driving experience – just like the famed 911 R. As expected, the 911 GT3 Touring Package is sans rear wing. In its place is an adaptive spoiler similar to what's found on the 911 Carrera. Power comes courtesy of a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six with 500 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque.

Power goes directly to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual, the only transmission offered. Porsche claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph. Like the GT3, the Touring Package is a two-seater and features a leather and Alcantara covered interior. But don't think the Touring Pack is a watered down GT3. It's not. Nearly all GT3 options are available here, including all available exterior colors, wheel choices, LED headlights, three seat options, and the famed Sport Chrono Package. Also like the GT3, the Touring Pack's rear wheel arches are slightly wider than the 911 Carrera's. Notice the large air intakes in the uniquely designed front fascia.

Porsche also tossed in the GT3's air intake located in front of the luggage compartment. How does the Touring Pack specifically differ, stylistically, from the GT3? At the rear end. Take note that new rear decklid has a "GT3 touring" logo. That, and along with the aforementioned "Gurney Flap" are about it. This is a GT3 through and through. The only other slight changes are side window surrounds, sport exhaust tailpipes and a headlight washer system, all of which are finished in silver. Porsche says US deliveries will begin early next year, and prices for the GT3 Touring Package begin at $144,650, including shipping.

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