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15 Sep 2017

911 GT3 with Touring Package celebrates its world premiere at the IAA

Porsche GT model with manual transmission available with new option.

The 911 GT3 with Touring Package will be unveiled at the 67th International Motor Show (IAA), which takes place in Frankfurt, Germany.

Available exclusively with a manual six-speed gearbox, the new no-cost option represents a further extension to the choice of pure, focussed driving experiences available in the renowned Porsche GT sports car line-up.

Externally, the GT3 with Touring Package is recognisable by its sleek styling, its fixed rear wing replaced by an automatic extending rear spoiler with a unique airflow ‘tear-off edge’ to aerodynamically balance the car. Yet beneath its understated exterior lies pure motorsport technology. The 4.0-litre naturally aspirated, motorsport-derived engine develops 500 hp (368 kW) and 460 Nm of pulling power. In combination with optimum manual gear changes, the 911 GT3 with Touring Package can sprint from 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds to reach a top speed of 196 mph.

The name Touring Package harks back to an equipment variant of the 911 Carrera RS from the 1973 model year. Even then, the pure 911 design and classic interior features were a key element. The new 911 GT3 with Touring Package adopts and modernises this concept. Sports car enthusiasts who particularly value an understated appearance combined with a high level of driving enjoyment are the intended audience.

Aside from the Clubsport Package and Alcantara interior equipment ranges, virtually all 911 GT3 options are also available in combination with the Touring Package. They include features such as all exterior and wheel colours, PCCB ceramic brakes, front axle lift system, LED headlights, all seat variants, the Chrono Package and audio systems.

The Touring Package option is available to order now at no extra cost. The 911 GT3 with the Touring package costs – like the 911 GT3 – £111,802 RRP including VAT.

Customers will also be invited to explore the potential of their new car, and further develop their own skills behind the wheel, by participating in a bespoke driving experience around the unique tracks at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.

A high-performance sports car in every respect
With the exception of the rear, the body of the GT3 remains unchanged in the variant with Touring Package. This means 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, though not dark-tinted. 

Twenty-inch diameter forged alloy wheels with centre locking nuts dominate the side profile. 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. The tyres create a powerful impression, as the body of the 911 GT3 models is 44 millimetres wider across the wheel arches than the 911 Carrera. Suspension lowered by an additional 25 millimetres compared to the 911 Carrera further emphasises the width of the car. Ultimately, the car achieves its greatest visual impact by combining the familiar GT3 styling cues with the omission of the fixed rear wing.

Sporting aerodynamics: Rear spoiler with additional tear-off edge
The subtle structural features are first visible at the rear. 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. 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 aforementioned elements are in black, as with the 911 GT3. The front and rear lights are dark-tinted. 

Leather interior
The feel of a classic sports car with manual transmission is the obvious ambience from behind the wheel. In line with the character of a pure GT car, fine leather is prevalent 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. The seat centres are black fabric. The headrests feature embossed Porsche crests and all seams in the partial leather interior are sewn in black thread. The finishing touch is the trim in black aluminium.

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 and has the greatest cylinder capacity that Porsche has ever developed for a flat-six engine on the road. The engine is characterised by its high-revving capabilities. The crankshaft spins at up to 9,000 revolutions per minute, which is truly extraordinary, even for such a pure-bred sports car engine.

The gear ratios of the six speed transmission are precisely tuned to the power delivery of the engine, and offers particularly sporting shift characteristics. An intermediate throttle-blipping function ensures an exciting sound 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). Note: The Touring Package is not available with PDK transmission.

Fast on the corners, stable on the straights: Rigid chassis with rear-axle steering 
The chassis of the 911 GT3 is testament to the motorsport experience of Porsche. In addition to the basic design, which is optimised for precise responses and feedback, the chassis also boasts superior handling characteristics, thanks predominantly 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.

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