Porsche rolls out 911 GT3 with Tour­ing Pack­age

The Philippine Star - - MOTORING -

STUTTGART—New ad­di­tion to the Porsche puris­tic ve­hi­cles: The 911 GT3 with Tour­ing Pack­age has been un­veiled in Frank­furt re­cently. It is avail­able ex­clu­sively with a man­ual six-gear trans­mis­sion, and in­stead of the fixed rear wing it has a vari­able rear spoiler like the 911 Car­rera.

Be­neath its un­der­stated ex­te­rior is pure mo­tor­sport tech­nol­ogy: The 4.0-liter nat­u­rally as­pi­rated en­gine makes 500 hp and 460Nm of torque. The 911 GT3 with Tour­ing Pack­age sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 sec­onds to reach a top speed of 316 km/h.

The name “Tour­ing Pack­age” harks back to an equip­ment vari­ant of the 911 Car­rera RS from model year 1973. Even then, the puris­tic 911 de­sign and clas­sic in­te­rior features were a key el­e­ment. The new 911 GT3 with Tour­ing Pack­age adopts and mod­ernises this con­cept. This vari­ant is aimed at fans of high-qual­ity sports cars who par­tic­u­larly value an un­der­stated ap­pear­ance and clas­sic driv­ing en­joy­ment.

Aside from the Club­sport Pack­age and Al­can­tara equip­ment ranges, vir­tu­ally all 911 GT3 op­tions are also avail­able from Porsche in com­bi­na­tion with the Tour­ing Pack­age. They in­clude features such as all ex­te­rior and wheel colours, the PCCB ce­ramic brake, the lift sys­tem, LED head­lights, all seat vari­ants, the Chrono Pack­age and the audio sys­tems.


With the ex­cep­tion of the rear, the body of the GT3 re­mains un­changed in the vari­ant with Tour­ing Pack­age. This means it has large air in­takes in the spe­cially de­signed front end, as well as the air out­let that is typ­i­cal of the 911 GT3 model, lo­cated in front of the lug­gage com­part­ment lid. The front and rear lights are iden­ti­cal, though not dark-tinted. The ap­pear­ance from the side of the ve­hi­cle is dom­i­nated by the forged al­loy wheels with cen­tral lock­ing. At the front, 245/35ZR-20 tires are fit­ted on nine-inch wheels, while at the rear 305/30ZR-20 tires are mounted on twelve-inch wheels. The tires cre­ate a pow­er­ful im­pres­sion as the body of the new vari­ant is 44mm wider at the wheel arches than the 911 Car­rera. Low­er­ing by an additional 25mm fur­ther em­pha­sises the width of the car.


The sub­tle struc­tural features are first vis­i­ble at the rear end. The spoiler wing of the ex­tend­ing rear spoiler from the series-pro­duc­tion 911 is equipped with an aero­dy­namic tear-off edge (Gur­ney flap) in the car’s color.

The spe­cially de­signed rear lid grille bears the “GT3 tour­ing” logo. Other dis­tin­guish­ing features in­clude the sil­ver-coloured side win­dow strips, sports ex­haust sys­tem tailpipes and head­light washer sys­tem cov­ers, as well as the Porsche logo at the rear. In the “Black Ex­te­rior Tour­ing Pack­age” equip­ment op­tion, these el­e­ments are in black, as with the 911 GT3. The front and rear lights are dark-tinted.


The in­te­rior cre­ates the feel of a clas­sic sports car with man­ual trans­mis­sion. In line with the char­ac­ter of a puris­tic GT, fine leather is preva­lent rather than Al­can­tara. The steer­ing wheel rim with twelve o’clock marker, shift lever, door panel arm­rests, cen­tre con­sole stor­age com­part­ment lid and in­te­rior door han­dles are up­hol­stered in smooth-fin­ish leather. The seat cen­ters are made of black fab­ric. The head­rests fea­ture em­bossed Porsche crests and all seams in the par­tial leather in­te­rior are sewn in black thread. The fin­ish­ing touch to the in­te­rior is the black alu­minium trim.


The pow­er­train and chas­sis are iden­ti­cal on all 911 GT3 ve­hi­cles with man­ual trans­mis­sion, in­clud­ing the vari­ant with Tour­ing Pack­age. The nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 4.0-liter sixcylinder boxer en­gine is taken from leg­endary race cars such as the 911 RSR and 911 GT3 Cup. The ma­chine is the most pow­er­ful nat­u­rally as­pi­rated di­rect-in­jec­tion en­gine and has the big­gest dis­place­ment that Porsche has ever de­vel­oped for a six-cylin­der flat en­gine on the road. The en­gine spins at up to 9,000rpm, which is truly ex­tra­or­di­nary, even for a sports car en­gine.

The six-speed gear­box’s au­to­matic in­ter­me­di­ate ac­cel­er­a­tion func­tion en­sures an ex­cit­ing sound when down­shift­ing. This func­tion is ac­ti­vated via the “Sport” but­ton on the cen­tre con­sole, de­liv­er­ing dy­namic shift pro­cesses from faster syn­chro­ni­sa­tion of the gears.


The chas­sis of the 911 GT3 is 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 on the speed, it steers ei­ther in the op­po­site or the same di­rec­tion as the front wheels, thereby im­prov­ing the ve­hi­cle’s agility and sta­bil­ity.

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