IF YOU’VE always fancied a Porsche for your business – a fast Porsche that is – but were put off by the OTT wings and general track to tarmac appearance, then here is the Porsche 911 for you: the Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package.
You get 500hp power from the motorsport developed 4.0-litre flat six engine and dust in the eyes of any following cars of 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds to reach a top speed of 196 mph.
But no big wings. Just understated elegance. Oh yes, and with a manual six-speed gearbox.
The Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package will make its debut at Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA), which takes place from September 12 – 24, 2017.
The fixed rear wing of the standard GT3 has been replaced by an automatic extending rear spoiler with a unique airflow ‘tear-off edge’ to aerodynamically balance the car. It gives business performers the chance to have performance with an understated appearance.
Porsche says that aside from the Clubsport Package and Alcantara interior equipment ranges, virtually all 911 GT3 options are also available in combination with the Touring Package. These include:
- exterior and wheel colours,
- PCCB ceramic brakes,
- f ront axle lift system,
- LED headlights,
- all seat variants,
- the Chrono Package and
- audio systems.
The 911 GT3 with Touring Package option can be ordered now at no extra cost over the standard 911 GT3 – £111,802 RRP including VAT.
Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Pack detail
Apart the rear, the body of the GT3 remains unchanged in the Touring Package. So there’s large air intakes feature in the specially designed nose, together with the air outlet – that is typical of the 911 GT3 model – located at the front of the luggage compartment lid. The front and rear lights are identical, but are not dark-tinted – see photo at bottom of the page.
There are 20-inch diameter alloy wheels with centre locking nuts . On the front axle, 245/35 ZR 20 tyres are fitted on 9-inch wide wheels, while at the rear 305/30 ZR 20 tyres sit on 12-inch wheel rims. Suspension is lowered by an additional 25 millimetres compared with the standard 911 Carrera – in other words the familiar GT3 styling cues minus the fixed rear wing.
Rear spoiler with additional tear-off edge
The blade of the extending rear spoiler from the series-production 911 is equipped with a bespoke aerodynamic lip or ‘tear-off edge’ (so-called ‘Gurney flap’) in body colour (pictured above). The specially designed rear engine lid grille bears the ‘GT3 touring’ logo. Other distinguishing features include silver-trim around the side windows; the sports exhaust system tailpipes; and headlight washer system covers. The Porsche logo at the rear is similarly finished in silver. In the ‘Black Exterior Touring Package’ equipment option, these are in black, as with the 911 GT3 (surprise, surprise!). The front and rear lights are dark-tinted.
There is fine leather 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 each trimmed in smooth-finish leather (pictured above). The seat centres are black fabric.
Powerful six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine from motorsport
The powertrain and chassis are identical on all 911 GT3 vehicles with manual transmission, including those with the Touring Package. The rear-mounted, naturally aspirated flat-six, 4.0-litre engine is shared directly with racing cars such as the 911 RSR and 911 GT3 Cup. The engine is the most powerful naturally aspirated direct-injection engine athat Porsche has ever developed for a flat-six engine on the road.
The gear ratios of the six speed transmission are tuned to deliver the engine’s massive power. An intermediate throttle-blipping function ensures a sports experience soundtrack 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 GT sports manual transmission transfers the power to a mechanical rear limited slip differential with automatic braking (Porsche Torque Vectoring, or PTV).
Rigid chassis with rear-axle steering
The chassis of the 911 GT3 offers superior handling says Porsche thanks 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 vehicle agility and stability. The size of the tyres on both axles is such that the front wheels optimally transmit steering and brake forces, while the rear wheels provide drive and traction.
Porsche Track Precision app as standard
In addition to Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including an online navigation module with real-time traffic information, the standard equipment of every 911 GT3 also includes the Connect Plus module and the Porsche Track Precision app. This app enables the driver to display, record and analyse detailed driving data on their smartphone.