As first deliveries of Porsche’s 991.2 GT3 with Touring Package take place, there has been much conjecture – particularly online – as to whether the car has legitimately watered on the fireworks of the halo R. As we know, these two flatback 911s have much in common, being lightweight, rear-drive, manual 991s with a 4.0-litre, 500hp, naturally-aspirated flat six.
It’s not hard to see how enthusiasts are questioning why the R is still valued at more than double the Touring. However, there’s more to consider. The R is a numbered-production special, giving it collector’s appeal, and its spec shows a greater commitment to engineering finesse: it has a lighter body than the Touring, with a magnesium roof, and also boasts a singlemass flywheel. Of course the big question is: how do they drive?
We’re going to bring you that very feature in a head-to-head test in the Alps later this year but, either way, I think that both sets of owners can be happy. The R is the 911 of its generation, a line in the sand where Porsche realised it can take its GT cars in a different direction. Likewise, Touring owners can be satisfied they have a car which is similar in spec to that special R, albeit at a more accessible price point.
Also, I think high praise is due to Porsche for even building the Touring in the first place. Lets not forget, it was only five years ago, with the unveiling of the 991.1 GT3 in Geneva, when Porsche proclaimed PDK transmission was the future of its GT line-up, yet here we are in 2018 comparing two manual GT cars without a rear wing. Kudos to you, Porsche. You have clearly listened to your customers.
“Enthusiasts are questioning why the R is still valued at more than double the Touring”