Porsche never fails to impress us when it comes to creating niches with their introduction of a new edition 911 based GT3, the Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package. It’s the car for drivers who wants only pure performance and does not concern themselves about any aesthetics.
Porsche really answers the needs of a very specific demographic. This time they decided to create a new edition of their 911 based GT3 that borrows its name from an equipment variant that was made available for their 1973 911 Carrera RS, for their customers that prefers performance over aesthetics.
The Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package, as it is called, is a manual only car that follows closely on the heels of the similarly designed 911 R. But unlike the 911 R which was limited to only 991 units making it still very expensive even in the used car market, the 911 GT3 Touring Package, however, will be produced as a regular model.
The car still retains the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat six with 500 PS (493 hp) and 460 Nm (339 lb-ft) from the original 911 GT3. This allows the car to sprint from 0-62 mph in just 3.9 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 196 mph (2 mph slower than the standard model). But although it doesn’t have the same performance as the standard model, the Touring Package does offer more equipment for the same price.
As mentioned earlier, the Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package is for drivers that only wants performance and doesn’t bother with the aesthetics that comes with it. As such, the Touring Package ges rid of the facelifted GT3’s jumb-sized rear wing, giving it a more understated look when compared to the regular 911 Carrera’s automatically deploying spoiler. To help distinguish the Touring Package more you will find silver-colored window strips, a headlight washer system covers, sports exhaust system tailpipes and a Porsche logo at the rear. If you choose the “Black Exterior Touring Package” equipment option, all of these will come in black, the same as the 911 GT3. The TP also has its front and rear lights tinted in dark.
The interior of the TP gets a couple of upgrades as well. Porsche decided to changed the Alcantara surfaces inside with fine leather that now covers almost everything in the interior. The steering wheel, gear lever, door panels and lower center console are now covered in fine leather. The seat centers are now also made from black fabric while its headrests are embossed with Porsche crests, with all seams in the partial leather interior being sewn in black thread. Another notable change in the interior is that its trim is now in black aluminum.
Although Porsche is known for charging you more every time they remove stuff from their cars or upgrades their equipment, the Touring Package, however, has the same exact price as the standard GT3 which is at $143,600 in the U.S. before destination or EUR 152,416 in Germany.