Porsche GT3 Touring
Not too hardcore, not too soft – just right
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?