The new Porsche 911 GT3 unveiled earlier this year is the quintessential track car. Designed to provide the highest level of grip of any 992-generation 911 unveiled so far, the GT3 is born and bred on the raceway. Last month, Porsche unveiled the GT3 Touring Package for the new GT3 which doesn’t compromise any of the original car’s performance but does make it a little more user-friendly on a daily basis.
Subtle Changes That Make All the Difference
Historically, the Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package was designed to give the GT3 a more subtle look and take everything that’s great about the car and adapt it to daily driving. The new 992 Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package has the same mission.
Those who know the GT3 will tell you it’s a formidable track car and a real weapon on a closed circuit. The large wing in the back is purely built for function, ensuring ultimate grip at high speeds around tight corners. The GT3 can be harsh compared to the surprising comfort of a Carrera 4S or a Turbo trim because the suspension and chassis are engineered to ensure optimal handling on the smooth surface of a racetrack with potholes being a second though in the design process.
Although 911 GT3 enthusiasts understand this and even expect it, there are some who would like to use their GT3 more often and not necessarily always on track. In that case, the wing loses some of its appeal and that’s why it is replaced by a standard pop-up rear spoiler taken from the Carrera on the GT3 Touring Package. Inside, there’s extra leather and a black headliner as well as embossed elements which aren’t there on the hardcore GT3.
The changes stop there, however. The engine powering the GT3 remains in the Touring Package which means owners till enjoy the furious roar of the 4.0-litre flat-six unleashing 503 horsepower at a 9,000-rpm red line. A six-speed manual is standard, but a seven-speed PDK is available. Top speed increases slightly as the wing no longer drags along meaning that you can reach 322 km/h in the GT3 with Touring Package as opposed to 318 km/h in the traditional GT3. Getting to 100 km/h requires 3.9 seconds, a slight bump of 0.5 seconds compared to the GT3, but still pretty darn fast.
Pricing is the same for both models with the Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package starting at just over $180,000.