Porsche has unveiled an alternative to the rare and top-of-the-line limited in volume to the 911 R in the form of a new 911 GT3 model with a so-called group Touring.
The new 911 GT3 with the Touring package, which made its world debut at a media function on the eve of the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, is the last of a line of road-focused models aimed at the purists intent on securing one of the last 911 models with a naturally aspirated engine.
But, unlike the similarly conceived 911 R, which was limited to 991 units, and has commanded exorbitant prices on the used car market since its introduction in 2016, the 911 GT3 Touring will be produced as a regular model on indefinitely without a stopper in the volume.
The 911 GT3 Touring refers to a variant of the 911 Carrera RS offered in 1973. Like the previous 911 R, it combines traditional 911 GT3 style with that of the standard 911. At the front, it has the same bumper assembly and air ducts as Porsche’s standard, race-bred model. The rear, however, gets a look more sober, with an automatically deploying spoiler of the assembly of the standard 911 Carrera, complete with an additional Gurney flap and a unique grille insert bearing a GT3 Touring logo.
The new model also gets the same rear bumper as the standard in the 911 GT3, with large air ducts to extract hot air from the engine compartment.
Other exterior key, headlight washer system cover, highlights around the side windows and the sports exhaust system while money. Buyers can specify a so-called “Black Exterior Touring Package’ to modify these elements to black.
In a departure from the standard 911 GT3, the interior of the headlamp graphic and tail light lenses are dark in color.
Mechanically, the rear-wheel-drive 911 GT3 Touring is identical to the recently facelifted standard 911 GT3. The power comes from the most powerful and most high-capacity naturally-aspirated version of Porsche’s classic flat six-cylinder petrol engine. With a displacement of 4.0 liters, it delivers 493bhp at 8250rpm and 339lb ft of torque at 6000rpm. The climb to the rear of the unit has also the merit of being able to spin to 9000rpm.
The drive is transmitted to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox and a mechanical differential lock. Porsche claims the same 0-62mph time as the standard in the 911 GT3 to 3.9 seconds, However, the 911 GT3 Touring Package may not have quite the same top speed, with 196mph compared to the standard car of 198mph.
Inside, the new model swaps the Alcantara of the standard car for the real leather, trim. It is used on the steering wheel, gear lever, door panel armrests, center console storage compartment lid and door handles. The seat centres are upholstered in black fabric, while the head restraints feature a Porsche logo embossed. There are also black aluminum trim applications in the dashboard.
The 911 GT3 Touring rolls on 20in centre-locking wheels, 9.0 wide at the front and 12.0-inches wide at the rear. They are shod with 245/35 and 305/30 profile tyres, respectively. Dressed in the same aluminum body as the 911 Carrera 4, the new model is 44 mm wider than the standard 911 Carrera. A lowered suspension also sees sit 25mm lower to the ground.
Among the new models of innovation is a standard at the rear-wheel steering function. He directs the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the direction of the front wheels prior to the addition of the agility at low speed and in the same direction as the front wheels for greater longitudinal stability at higher speeds.
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