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Published on June 16th, 2021 | by Subhash Nair

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Latest Porsche 911 GT3 Gets Touring Package

The current generation Porsche 911 GT3 gets a Touring Package for those who prefer a classic look.

When it comes to the ultimate performance car, the Porsche 911 GT3 has long been considered the gold standard. The standard 911 Carrera models have nowhere near as much power and aren’t quite as focused on the dynamics as the 911 GT3.

However, the GT3 model does kind of take itself a bit too seriously in the looks department. It has a huge fixed spoiler and an interior that omits some traditional materials to save weight.

So, to return a degree of civility to the 911 GT3, Porsche started to give owners the “Touring Package” option with the previous generation model. Now, the current generation (992) Porsche 911 GT3 is continuing with this trend.

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However, the all-new Porsche 911 GT3 Touring is a little different from the last one. For one, it is now available with the 7-speed PDK transmission as standard and 6-speed manual transmission is only available in certain states. Both the Touring package and its manual gearbox are no-cost options, but the 911 GT3 itself is not inexpensive at US$161,100.

Here’s what the new 911 GT3 Touring package brings:

  • The fixed rear wing is replaced by an extending rear spoiler that looks less garish.
  • The grille is unique. It has a subtle GT3 touring logo.
  • Silver side window trim strips in high-gloss anodised aluminium are also unique to this model. Sport exhaust system’s tailpipes also silver-coloured.
  • All these silver trim elements can be optioned in Satin Black instead, and this will also tint the lower front light modules.
  • Front fascia painted in the same colour as body. In the standard GT3, the lower section is black.
  • Interior includes extended leather upholstery in black – steering wheel rim gear selector lever, centre console lid, door panel armrests, door handles.
  • Door sill guards, trim elements on dashboard are in brushed black aluminium
  • Dashboard front and upper side of door cars have special surface embossing unique to this 911 GT3 Touring package
  • Customisation options for the interior, with coloured leather upholsteries available for the lower half of the interior to contrast the upper area.

Here’s the press release with more information.

PRESS RELEASE

The new Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package – a subtler choice that retains every ounce of the excitement, the feel and the performance you expect.

The seventh edition of the 911 GT3 can now be ordered with the no-cost equipment package that was first introduced with its predecessor. The 911 GT3 with Touring Package is delivered with a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission as standard for the U.S. market, and a six-speed GT Sport manual transmission as a no-cost option in selected states. This marks the first time, the Touring Package is available with the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. Like on the predecessor, engine, transmission, suspension, wheels and tires on vehicles with the Touring Package are adopted from the regular 911 GT3.

The most obvious difference is the omission of the fixed rear wing of the 911 GT3. Instead, an automatically extending rear spoiler generates downforce at high speeds while maintaining an understated appearance. A bespoke grille unique to the package compliments the understated appearance. Silver trim strips made of high-gloss anodized aluminum on the side windows are another distinguishing feature. The front fascia is painted completely in the exterior color as compared to the black lower section of the standard GT3. The interior, which is unique to the GT3 with Touring Package, includes extended leather upholstery in black is particularly elegant. The front of the dashboard and the upper side sections of the door trim panels have special surface embossing.

The name “Touring Package” goes back to an equipment variant of the 911 Carrera RS from model year 1973. From the onset, the focus with this package was on pure 911 design and elements of a classic interior. Porsche revived the idea again in 2017, and for the first time again offered a Touring Package for the previous generation of the 911 GT3, the Type 991. Since then, this variant has appealed above all to lovers of top-class sports cars with a pronounced passion for understatement and classic driving pleasure.

Performance without the show: the exterior and interior details

Continuing the subtle theme, a subtle logo “GT3 touring” is located on the rear grille while trim strips of the side windows and the tailpipes of the sport exhaust system are colored in silver. These elements can also be finished in Satin Black in the optional exterior Touring Package. The lower front light modules are also dark-tinted with this selection.

The 911 GT3 with Touring Package also offers the atmosphere of a classic sports car on the inside. The steering wheel rim, gear/selector lever, center console lid, door panel armrests, and door handles are upholstered in black leather. Meanwhile, the seat centers are upholstered with fabric seat center panels, below head restraints bear embossed Porsche Crests. The door sill guards and trim elements on the dashboard and center console are made of brushed black aluminum. In addition, the 911 GT3 with Touring Package is now open for a significantly expanded degree of personalization. Options include several available colored leather upholsteries for the lower half of the interior in contrast to the upper dashboard. There, the leather surface is embossed to create an appearance specific to the Touring Package. 

Porsche also offers almost all the optional equipment for the 911 GT3 in combination with the Touring Package. This includes all exterior and wheel colors, LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System and Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus, various driver’s assistance systems, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), a Smart Front Axle Lift system, the same seat types that are available on the standard 911 GT3, the Chrono package and an optional BOSE® Surround Sound System. Porsche Design also offers a very special chronograph for customers of the 911 GT3 with Touring Package. The timepiece features a movement with a flyback function. The winding rotor evokes the vehicle’s wheel design and is available in six different versions corresponding to the vehicle configuration. The dial bezel in Agate Grey Metallic is based on the vehicle’s paint finish. The dial itself has a matte black finish, while the luminous yellow chronograph hands match the color of the tachometer. The chronograph 911 GT3 with Touring Package is worn with a strap made of Porsche vehicle leather with “GT3” embossing. The black decorative stitching with Porsche vehicle thread gives the strap an additional finishing touch. The chronograph is produced by the company’s own Swiss watchmaking factory and is exclusively reserved for owners of the vehicle.

The seven-speed PDK gearbox will be the only transmission offered in California with the 911 GT3. For those who prefer three pedals and are located outside of California, a six-speed manual gearbox will continue to be available at no extra cost. The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package is expected to begin arriving in early 2022 with a starting MSRP of $161,100 excluding $1,350 for delivery, processing, and handling.

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