Yesterday at the Frankfurt Motor Show Porsche unveiled a real crowd pleaser, the 911 GT3 Touring Package. Why they didn’t just call it the GT3 Touring is beyond me, but I can’t fault any other spec of the car – that’s because it’s the same car as the GT3 minus the wing and only comes with a manual gearbox!
With the manual only gearbox and deployable rear wing, Porsche fans will instantly liken it to the 911R which debuted in 2016 and now fetches obscene amounts on the second-hand market, traded by people who bought it for the wrong reasons. Fortunately, the 911 GT3 Touring Package won’t be a limited edition and gets a fancier leather interior and more subtle appearance without the speed stripes.
It weighs a touch more than the 911 R but will get to 100km/h in the exact same time as the standard GT3 and shares the exact same curb weight. The engine remains a 4.0-litre flat-6 putting out 386kW and 460Nm of torque at 6000rpm. The 911 GT3 Touring Package shares the same chassis as the 911 Carrera 4 and is 20mm wider than the foundation 911 Carrera. A new suspension setup helps positions the body 25mm closer to the ground, aiding its dominant stance.
The snazzy rear wheel steer feature which we sampled on the Panamera Turbo S will come standard with the Touring Package making this a bonafide track day sleeper for the man who prefers to let his driving do the talking!
Australian pricing has been confirmed at $326,800 – the same price as a regular 911 GT3.