Porsche has the answer for those that missed our on the 911 R.
The new 911 GT3 Touring Package is the latest in a line of road-focused Porsche models aimed squarely at purists intent on securing one of the last remaining 911 models powered by a naturally-aspirated engine.
But unlike the similarly conceived 911 R, which was limited in volume to 991 units, the 911 GT3 with the Touring Package will be produced as a regular model on an open ended basis without any cap on volume.
Up front, the GT3 Touring Package features the same bumper assembly and air ducts as Porsche’s standard race bred model. The rear, however, receives a more understated look with an automatically deploying spoiler assembly from the standard 911 Carrera, complete with an additional Gurney flap and a unique grille insert bearing a GT3 Touring logo.
The 911 GT3 Touring Package also receives the same rear bumper as the standard 911 GT3 with large air ducts to extract hot air from the engine bay.
Other exterior touches include headlamp washer system covers, highlights around the side windows and sport exhaust tailpipes all in silver. Buyers can, however, specify a so-called “Black Exterior Touring Package” in which these elements are in black.
In a further departure from the standard 911 GT3, the internal headlamp graphics and tail lamps lenses are darkened in colour.
Mechanically, the rear-wheel drive 911 GT3 Touring Package is identical to the recently facelifted standard 911 GT3. Power comes from the most powerful and largest capacity naturally aspirated version of Porsche’s classic flat six-cylinder petrol engine. With a displacement of 4.0-litres, it delivers 368kW at 8250rpm and 460Nm of torque at 6000rpm. The rear-mounted unit also has the distinction of being able to rev to 9000rpm.
Drive is channeled to the rear wheels via a standard six-speed manual gearbox and mechanical locking differential. Porsche claims the same 0-100km/h time as the standard 911 GT3 at 3.9sec. However, the 911 GT3 Touring Package cannot claim quite the same top speed as the 911 R, with a claimed 316km/h versus the 323km/h of its more expensive sibling.
Inside, the new 911 GT3 model swaps the Alcantara accents of the standard model for genuine leather trim. It is used on the steering wheel, gear lever, door panel armrests, centre console storage compartment lid and door handles. The seat centers are upholstered in black fabric, while the headrests feature an embossed Porsche logo. There are also black aluminium trim applications within the dashboard.
The 911 GT3 Touring Package rolls on 20-inch centre lock wheels, some 9.0-inch in width up front and 12.0 inches in width at the rear. They are shod with 245/35 and 305/30 profile tires respectively. Clothed in the same aluminium body as the 911 Carrera 4, the new model is 20mm wider than the standard 911 Carrera. A lowered suspension also sees it sit 25mm closer to the ground.
Among the new model’s innovations is a standard rear wheel steer function. It steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction as the front wheels for added agility at lower speeds and in the same direction as the front wheels for greater longitudinal stability at higher speeds.
Australian pricing for the 911 GT3 Touring Package has been confirmed at $326,800 - the same price as a regular 911 GT3.
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