Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring package mimics 911 R, may upset collectors

Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring package mimics 911 R, may upset collectors

Porsche's latest release at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 is the Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package. The German automaker believes it has the answer with the 2018 911 GT3 with Touring Package, a new version of the coupe that drops its most outlandish feature.

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. This variant is aimed at fans of high-quality sports cars who particularly value an understated appearance and classic driving enjoyment. Mechanically, the Touring is identical to the GT3 and is powered by the same naturally aspirated 4-litre flat-six that puts out 493bhp and 347lb ft of torque. However, the Touring will only be available with a six-speed manual gearbox, with no dual-clutch automatic PDK option.

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 seat centers are upholstered in black fabric, while the headrests feature an embossed Porsche logo. Porsche expects 911 GT3 Touring models to begin arriving at North American dealerships early next year. The machine is the most powerful naturally aspirated direct-injection engine and has the greatest displacement that Porsche has ever developed for a six-cylinder flat engine on the road. The engine is characterized by its high-revving nature. But, despite not having a big rear wing to create drag, the Touring can't match the standard manual GT3's top speed of 198mph.

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The 991 911R production cars soon became harder to come by than Porsche's multi-million dollar 918 hypercar, leaving numerous brand's fans high and dry. This function is activated via the "Sport" button on the center console, which enables a faster synchronization of the gears.

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. Depending upon the vehicle's speed, it steers either in the opposite or the same direction as the front wheels, thereby improving the vehicle's agility or stability.

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