The Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package Doesn't Have Time For Massive Wings

2018 Porsche 911 GT3-based 'Touring' leaks online

Things keep getting worse and worse for speculators who dished out almost seven-figures (or more) for the Porsche 911 R. First, the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 arrived packing the same six-speed transmission and improved 4.0-liter flat six, cutting values down to under the half-million mark overnight. Taking inspiration from the success of the 911 R, the new 911 compromises downforce and racing credentials for a more purist design. This new vehicle does much the same, dressing the coupe - including its 1.7-inch wider rear - in the same color options as the regular 911 GT3.

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.

With the exception of the rear spoiler treatment, the body of the GT3 with the optional Touring Package remains unchanged. 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 4.0-litre flat-six engine produces 368kW and 460Nm, capable of demolishing the sprint to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds if you've got nimble hands and feet. In the “Black Exterior Touring Package” equipment option, these elements are in black, as with the 911 GT3.

Perhaps the availability of the 911 Touring, a model that we quizzed Porsche Australia about in May, will take a bit of the wind out of the 911R's sails. 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.

The Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package is available for order now with delivery expected to commence in early 2018.

Only a manual transmission will be offered. Up front, you find 245/35 ZR 20 tires on nine-inch wide wheels, while the rears use 305/30 ZR 20 rubber mounted on twelve-inch wide wheels. If you're the apex-kissing, lap-time-obsessed type, the seven-speed PDK is available on the regular GT3.

What is the new 991.2 GT3's Touring Pack? The finishing touch to the interior is black brushed aluminum trim.

The GT3 badge has come to the 991.2 generation of Porsche 911 and it is glorious. This function is activated via the “Sport” button on the centre console, delivering dynamic shift processes from faster synchronisation of the gears. Power goes back through a mechanical rear differential lock with brake-based torque vectoring, and there's standard active rear-axle steering, too.

Think of it as the spiritual successor to the 911 R. This being a GT3 model, the Porsche Track Precision app as standard, as does the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with online navigation module with real-time traffic information.

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