Earlier this month, it was reported that Porsche is set to build a 'purist' 911 for a wider audience. In Frankfurt, the German automaker has pulled the covers off the said 911 with the GT3 Touring Package. Essentially a toned-down 911 R, the GT3 Touring Package is said to hark back to the classic 1973 Carrera RS.
As it stands, the regular GT3 is an uprated, lightened, track-oriented version than its plusher counterpart, the Carrera S. The Touring Package retains the philosophy of the GT3 while adding in exclusive touches. Among these notable changes are the active rear spoiler and a six-speed manual transmission.
The GT3 Touring Package retains the goodies from the standard model. That means the large air intakes, center lock wheels and aerodynamically designed rear bumper are carried over. A closer look at the car reveals subtle details to differentiate it from other 911 models. For starters, the active rear spoiler is equipped with Gurney flap finished in the car's body color. The specially designed rear lid grille bears the “GT3 touring” logo. Plus, there are silver-coloured side window strips, sports exhaust system tailpipes and headlight washer system covers, as well as the Porsche logo at the rear.
Inside, the cabin is trimmed in leather, further separating it from the standard GT3. The steering wheel rim with twelve o'clock marker, shift lever, door panel armrests, center console storage compartment lid and interior door handles are upholstered in smooth-finish leather. The seat centers are trimmed in black fabric.
Headrests meanwhile feature embossed Porsche crests and all seams in the partial leather interior are sewn in black thread. The finishing touch to the interior is the trim in black aluminum. This being a GT3 model, the Porsche Track Precision app as standard, as does the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with online navigation module with real-time traffic information.
As for the engine, power comes from the standard GT3 model meaning there's a 4.0-liter flat-six at the back. Unlike the rest of the 911 range, it is naturally aspirated and produces 500 PS and 460 Nm of torque. As mentioned, it comes with a six-speed manual and is the only transmission option available for this special 911.