There are few cars that combine muscular grace with powerful, sports car dynamics quite like the new Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package. We lift the lid on its unique combination of subtle styling and astounding performance
When you first glance at the new Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package in its natural environment, out on the open road, you might not immediately register its exact identity. It’s a 911, that’s for sure. But when it truly awakens – when sweeping through corner after corner or attacking a high mountain pass with verve and brio – then what really lies beneath this extraordinary Porsche sports car quickly reveals itself. Very quickly. The Porsche 911 GT3, with its head-turning swan neck rear wing, feels most at home on the race track. But the 911 GT3 with Touring Package, as its name suggests, has wide vistas in its sights. While there are plenty of similarities with its close sibling, the 911 GT3 with Touring Package stands out – albeit with a confidence and subtlety – due to a number of unique styling and dynamic differences. Let’s show you how.
Exterior design: the secret weapon of the 911 GT3 with Touring Package
The muscular, athletic stance of the 911 GT3 is present in the 911 GT3 with Touring Package, but there is a clutch of differentiators too. The more toned-down character of the Touring Package may be highlighted by the most pronounced of its visual differences with the GT3 – namely its retractable rear wing – but there are plenty more besides. They include a tailgate grille with the GT3 with Touring Package logo, as well as silver-coloured details on windows, tailpipe and the Porsche logo on the rear.
The lightweight carbon bonnet of the 911 GT3 is shared by the 911 GT3 with Touring Package, but it is fitted with unique mesh inserts. In contrast to the full-black example found on the GT3, the GT3 with Touring Package features a colour-coded front apron. This might be a hugely powerful Porsche sports car, but its exterior design doesn’t shout – at least not until you let its majestic engine to roar.
Performance: excitement is just around the corner
Climb behind the wheel of the 911 GT3 with Touring Package and reach out to the gear shift, and you will notice a 6-speed GT sports manual transmission as standard. The 911 GT3, in comparison, adopts the 7-speed Porsche PDK transmission as standard. The precise, quick, short shifts of the manual gearbox create an emotional, visceral experience, particularly when you’re setting yourself up for the next bend… and accelerating out of it. And then there’s the sound it generates inside the cockpit, with a throttle-blip function that builds on the excitement provided by the 4.0-litre, naturally aspirated engine that the two cars in the 911 GT3 range share.
You will never feel compromised on performance in the Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package. The standard six-speed GT manual transmission is 17kg lighter in weight than the optional PDK transmission. Its 0-100km/h (0-62mph) time is just 0.5sec behind that of the GT3, and its top speed tops out at 320km/h (199mph). This is a Porsche sports car that squeezes every last drop of performance out of its 510PS engine.
Aerodynamics: the standout feature of any Porsche sports car
The quieter styling of the 911 GT3 with Touring Package tones down the overt sporting presence of the 911 GT3. In place of the fixed swan neck rear wing, for example, there’s an automatically extendable spoiler. While it may not have the visual boldness you get with the more track focused GT3, its ingenious sports car aerodynamics provides the downforce qualities and handling improvements that you come to expect from a car wearing the GT3 badge. This is a car that is comfortable and controlled when you need it to be – but one that, with a quick flick of the gear shift and a confident push of the accelerator, instantly turns into a very different machine.
Interior design: letting you focus on the driving
Back inside the 911 GT3 with Touring Package, its interior design exhibits a number of differences to the 911 GT3. The most obvious example is use of leather instead of Race-Tex for the interior. It features on the steering wheel rim, gearshift lever and door panel armrests. The lid of the storage compartment and door handles are trimmed in leather too. They are luxurious highlights for a Porsche sports car that combines sporting dynamics with the kind of beautiful touches that you expect of a car equally at home with everyday driving.
In contrast to the GT3, which uses matt carbon, sill guards are finished in brushed aluminium in black. It’s a finish replicated in the trim strips on the dashboard, the centre console as well as the doors. With the Touring Package, the Porsche Crest is embossed on the leather headrests, while the seat centres are made of fabric. The side bolsters and backrest of the leather Sport seats Plus have firm, sporty padding that gives you excellent lateral support. It’s a combination that gives you confidence when exploring the limits of the 911 GT3 with Touring Package, but outstanding comfort on longer cruises.
The feeling of power, precision and performance you get with the Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package gives it its unique character. A pure, Porsche sports car driving experience, delivered with panache.