Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring package mimics 911 R, may upset collectors

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The new 911 GT3 with Touring Package adopts and modernises this concept.

Porsche's latest release at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 is the Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package.

Visually, it's easy to tell the Touring apart from the GT3 it's based on - the large rear wing has been replaced with a cleaner looking engine cover with a black mesh ventilation grille, though a retractable spoiler still hides away over the rear axle.

Orders of the 2018 911 GT3 Touring Package are being taken from today, with the auto expected to arrive in the U.S. in early 2018. The interior gets a little fancier, too, thanks to a standard leather-finish GT Sport steering wheel, with that leather extending to the shift lever, armrests, center console and interior door handles.

Inside, an all-black interior is pictured, with leather and cloth seats. All of the stitching is black thread, and there's black brushed aluminum trim. In Germany, the 911 GT3 with Touring package costs - like the 911 GT3 - Euro 152,416 including Value-Added Tax and with country-specific equipment options. It has the same 4.0-liter flat-6, making the same 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. In combination with optimum gear changes, the 911 GT3 with Touring Package sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds to reach a top speed of 316 km/h. Its top speed, however, is a paltry 196 miles per hour, down from 198 miles per hour, likely due to the change in spoiler. Like other 911 GT3 models, the version with Touring Package costs $143,600, excluding any available options and the $1,050 delivery, processing, and handling fee.

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring package
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Under the rear hatch sits a 4.0 litre naturally aspirated engine.

As with the engine, the Touring also has the same rear-wheel steering system, and torque vectoring rear limited-slip differential as the GT3.

The chassis of the 911 GT3 is a testament to Porsche's experience in motorsport. Depending on the speed, it steers either in the opposite or the same direction as the front wheels, thereby improving the vehicle's agility and stability.

In addition to Porsche Communication Management (PCM), including an online navigation module with real-time traffic information, every 911 GT3 model includes as standard equipment the Connect Plus module and the Porsche Track Precision app. PCNA is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

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