The same but dif­fer­ent froma 911 R

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Long a ru­mour but now a re­al­ity, Porsche has taken the wraps off the Tour­ing Pack­age for the lat­est 911 GT3. At first glance, the new op­tion pack­age re­sults in a car that looks an aw­ful lot like the re­cent lim­ited edition 911 R. It packs a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 500hp flat-six motor and a GT3 chas­sis, but not the GT3'S ex­tro­vert rear wing. Like the R, the GT3 Tour­ing is also only avail­able with a man­ual ’box.

How­ever, the Tour­ing is based on the lat­est sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion 991 GT3. That means it sports a heav­ily re­vised engine with a stiffer crank­shaft, re­vised air in­takes, a tweaked top end, re­duced fric­tion through­out and a 9000rpm red­line to the R's mere 8500rpm cut out. Porsche says the new model is good for 62mph in 3.9 sec­onds and will run on to 196mph.

Bar­ring the loss of the rear wing, Porsche says the body is un­changed com­pared to its reg­u­lar GT3 sib­ling. So that's larger air in­takes up front com­pared to a stan­dard 911 Car­rera, plus vents in the nose cone. 20-inch forged al­loy wheels with cen­tre lock­ing nuts are, again, the same as the reg­u­lar GT3. Up front are the like­wise iden­ti­cal 245/35 ZR 20 boots on nine-inch rims, while at the rear it's 305/30 ZR 20 rollers on 12-inch wheel rims.

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

The Tour­ing Pack­age op­tion is avail­able to order now at no ex­tra cost and thus is yours for £111,802 in­clud­ing VAT. Porsche has em­pha­sised that this is not a lim­ited model like the 911 R. How­ever, we un­der­stand the Tour­ing Pack­age amounts to a new op­tion avail­able for ex­ist­ing GT3 al­lo­ca­tions. In other words, the to­tal pro­duc­tion run of GT3S will not go up as a con­se­quence of the Tour­ing Pack­age. If you didn't have a UK al­lo­ca­tion for a GT3 al­ready, you may find it tricky to order a car with the new op­tion pack.

As for what im­pact this very R-like new model will have on the strato­spheric val­ues of the ac­tual 911 R, only time will tell. How­ever, the R re­mains an ex­clu­sive, lim­ited-pro­duc­tion model and if other mod­ern-day 911-based spe­cials like the 997 Sport Clas­sic are any­thing to go by, R own­ers prob­a­bly have lit­tle to fear. The Sport Clas­sic is me­chan­i­cally lit­tle dif­fer­ent to a 997 Car­rera GTS but that hasn't pre­vented it from ap­pre­ci­at­ing dra­mat­i­cally in re­cent years. So the fact that the R looks a lot like this new GT3 Tour­ing, on pa­per, prob­a­bly doesn't mat­ter much, ei­ther. It's ex­clu­siv­ity that re­ally counts, less so the num­bers on the spec sheet.

The not so much of a sur­prise launch at the Frank­furt show was the 991 GT3 Tour­ing, which is ba­si­cally a GT3 sans wings and avail­able only in man­ual form

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