The comfier GT3: new Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Pack unveiled

Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package

Porsche has unveiled a more subtle 911 GT3 if you aren't a fan of that huge fixed rear wing.

The most significant distinction between the GT3 Touring and the regular auto is its lack of fixed rear wing.

A high-performance sports vehicle in every respectWith the exception of the rear, the body of the GT3 remains unchanged in the variant with Touring Package.

The Touring Package nomenclature has its roots in an upgrade that was available on the similarly hard-core 1973 911 Carrera RS. 'Sports auto enthusiasts who particularly value an understated appearance combined with a high level of driving enjoyment are the intended audience, ' says Porsche. Under the skin is the same 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine, good for 500 HP and 339 lb-ft. of torque. The Touring Package will be available exclusively in combination with the six-speed manual transmission.

Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package Derek McNaughton Driving

The options list is fairly extensive, meaning bucket seats, carbon ceramic brakes and the Sport Chrono pack will all be available on the Touring, but Alcantara interior trim and a roll cage remain off limits. The front and rear lights are identical, though not dark-tinted. It covers the steering wheel - which keeps its 12 o'clock marker - shift lever, door panel armrests, center console lid, and interior door handles, while the seat centers are black fabric. It is the most powerful naturally aspirated flat-six direct-injection engine that Porsche has ever developed for a street-legal vehicle.

Porsche GB boss Chris Craft told auto the new 911 derivative would broaden the range's appeal further still. Like the other GT3 models, it is based upon the body of the 911 Carrera 4 model, which is 1.7 inches (44 millimeters) wider at the rear wheel arches. Yep, honest. With a mechanical limited-slip differential too.

The chassis of the 911 GT3 is a testament to Porsche's experience in motorsport. In addition to the basic design, which is optimised for precision, the chassis also boasts superior handling characteristics, thanks predominantly to the active rear-axle steering. Porsche's seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is still standard. Checking the Touring box on the GT3 order form is a no-cost option, each GT3 starting from the same $144,650. This app enables the driver to display, record and analyse detailed driving data on their smartphone.

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