Porsche GT3 Tour­ing

Not too hard­core, not too soft – just right

Motor (Australia) - - THE NEWS -

BOUGHT a 911 R? Kept the re­ceipt? In fair­ness, the new 911 GT3 Tour­ing isn’t a 911 R by an­other name, lack­ing that model’s weight-re­duc­ing com­pos­ite pan­els, be­spoke chas­sis tune and lim­ited build run.

It is, how­ever, built to the same ethos: a 911 that can be used ev­ery­day and pri­ori­tises fun over achiev­ing the low­est pos­si­ble lap time. Me­chan­i­cally, it’s iden­ti­cal to the reg­u­lar 991.2 GT3, in­clud­ing the 368kW/460Nm 4.0-litre flat-six, how­ever, it can only be spec­i­fied with the new six-speed man­ual gear­box.

The in­te­rior loses the roll cage and fire ex­tin­guisher op­tions and re­places Al­can­tara with leather for a more lux­u­ri­ous feel.

But by far the most ob­vi­ous Tour­ing change is the re­moval of the reg­u­lar GT3’s spoiler, re­placed by the pop-up item from the 911 Car­rera. It’s the GT3 for the in­tro­vert.

At $326,800, the Tour­ing is iden­ti­cal in price to the reg­u­lar GT3 and the first cars will land in Q1 2018.

Man­ual-only, mo­tor­sport me­chan­i­cals, subtle body­work – is this the per­fect 911?

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