New Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Tosses out the Rear Wing

Gwen Vasquez
September 12, 2017

There have been plenty of reports surrounding the idea of an easier-living 911 GT3 for those who like the personality and performance of the GT3, but, on the other hand, don't like the racing auto impracticalities and the go-fast appearance of the GT3. It's not exactly the stripped down base 911 we've been hoping for, but it has more than a few cool features of its own.

Referencing a pack originally available on the 1973 911 Carrera RS, it's a no-cost option for the manual gearbox GT3 only that replaces the fixed wing with a lower, retractable version (no word on how much downforce the change costs you).

Porsche says almost all of the same optional extras offered on the GT3 will be available on the Touring, save for the Alcantara interior trim. The front of the GT3 remains unchanged by the Touring Package. In line with the character of a GT auto, leather is prevalent rather than Alcantara®, which is used in other GT3 models. Instead of swathes of Alcantara, a rollcage or brightly coloured seat belts, there are leather seats with fabric centres along with a leather steering wheel. Black thread is used for all the stitching, and the trim is black brushed aluminum.

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What's a person to do if they want a Porsche 911 GT3 but also crave life out of the spotlight? It has the same 4.0-liter flat-6, making the same 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. The rear-drive vehicle is capable of 0-60 miles per hour acceleration of 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 196 miles per hour. Its top speed, however, is a paltry 196 miles per hour, down from 198 miles per hour, likely due to the change in spoiler.

In 2016, Porsche introduced the limited edition 911R with a naturally aspirated engine sending power to the rear wheels through a manual transmission. The engine is characterised by its high-speed concept. This function is activated via the "Sport" button on the center console, which enables a faster synchronization of the gears.

Discuss this story on our Porsche 911 forum. In addition to the basic layout, the chassis also boasts superior handling characteristics, thanks predominantly to the standard active rear-axle steering. Porsche's seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is still standard. (PCNA) is the exclusive USA importer of Porsche 911, 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman sports cars, Macan and Cayenne SUVs, and Panamera sports sedans. The company operates a second Porsche Experience Center near Los Angeles. PCNA employs over 300 people who provide parts, service, marketing, and training for 188 dealers. PCNA is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

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