Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package revealed ahead of Frankfurt

2018 Porsche 911 GT3-based 'Touring' leaks online

2018 Porsche 911 GT3-based 'Touring' leaks online

For 911 fanatics, it was an oasis of purity in an age of turbo engines, twin-clutch gear boxes, and all-wheel-drive.

Now, Porsche going back and doing its fans a solid. Porsche says the GT3 Touring Package is designed for "enthusiasts who particularly value an understated appearance combined with a high level of driving enjoyment", so the GT3 fixed spoiler is gone, replaced by an automatically extending one.

Porsche has revealed what it's touting as a new "purist" 911 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the form of a new 911 GT3 variant. The rest of the bodywork is unchanged, as is the glorious, 497bhp 4.0-litre flat-six.

Even with its more toned down exterior, the 911 GT3 Touring Package is still powered by the same 500 horsepower naturally-aspirated 4.0L six-cylinder as the standard 911 GT3. It takes the same 3.8 seconds to sprint from 0-60 miles per hour.

At 3,116 pounds, the 911 R is about 95 pounds lighter than the GT3 Touring Package, but that doesn't affect straight-line performance all that much.

2018 Porsche 911 GT3-based 'Touring' leaks online
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring - Frankfurt 2017

Inside, the Touring Package is less bare bones than the 911R, which was devoid of a radio and air conditioning.

Things keep getting worse and worse for speculators who dished out almost seven-figures (or more) for the Porsche 911 R. First, the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 arrived packing the same six-speed transmission and improved 4.0-liter flat six, cutting values down to under the half-million mark overnight.

The GT3's full 493bhp is maintained, and the brand's Sports Chrono package is also available, in addition to other GT3 options including ceramic brakes.

The 911 GT3 with the Touring Package starts at $143,600, the same as the standard auto. Hit the "Sport" button and you get automatic rev-matching on downshifts. 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. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia since 1998, PCNA is also home to the first Porsche Experience Center in North America featuring a module-based 1.6 mile driver development track, business center, and fine dining restaurant, 356.

At the core of this success is Porsche's proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000-plus motorsport wins to date.

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