By no means an organization to go away area of interest potential untapped, the big hole between the unique 911 with a Touring spec choice – the 1973 2.7 RS – and the second – the 991 GT3 Touring of 2017 – appeared like an unlikely Porsche oversight. There had been loads of appropriate 911s throughout that point (together with greater than 15 years of the GT3) and, within the grand scheme of issues, making a Touring would not require an enormous quantity of labor. In 2021, for the 992, there is no ready round; a Touring is right here just some months after the standard car was announced. Anybody would suppose the final one proved fairly well-liked…
Appears to be like sensible, would not it? Porsche says it is a “high-performance athlete that doesn’t showcase its expertise”, the elimination of the usual automotive’s distinctive swan-neck spoiler actually altering the aesthetic, even when the chunky rump, the 20/21-inch wheels and bonnet nostrils guarantee it is recognisably a GT3 even to the layman. For what it is value, Porsche says the Touring affords “the required downforce at excessive pace” because of the mechanically extending spoiler.
There are one or two different adjustments for the “pure expression of the 911 GT3 idea”; notice the aluminium trim across the home windows, a entrance apron that is fully within the physique color and prolonged black leather-based inside, a function denied to the usual automotive and enjoying properly into the discreet vibe.
In any other case, although, the Touring Package deal might be as you anticipated: GT3 engine (in order that’s 4.0-litres, 510hp and 9,000rpm), commonplace six-speed guide (although a PDK is a no-cost choice this time round) a ‘track-bred’ chassis, and an unchanged kerbweight from the bottom automotive. Which implies 1,418kg for the guide, 1,435kg for the PDK. The CFRP bonnet, light-weight home windows, cast wheels and sports activities exhaust have all migrated from GT3 to Touring Package deal.
With a lot carried over wholesale from the usual automotive to this, it is not stunning to be taught that each price an identical quantity. Or quite, precisely the identical. Clients with £127,820 to spare can select from both GT3 for that cash. In fact, none will price lower than £130k, what with ceramic brakes, LED headlights, the entrance axle carry, audio upgrades and extra on the choices record. Plus, as is turning into Porsche custom now, the brand new mannequin watch as nicely. The ‘GT3 with Touring Package deal chronograph from Porsche Design’ will likely be provided in six completely different color mixtures that correspond to the automotive specs, with particulars like luminous yellow fingers (just like the rev counter) and an Agate Gray bezel (as within the paint of this one) additionally aspiring to evoke the automotive. Which your pals will love listening to about.
For the 991 era, fewer than 50 right-hand drive Tourings made it to the UK, making it significantly collectible. Clearly that automotive was guide solely, so it is not clear what the transmission break up will likely be this time round, although when the six-speed got here again for the 991.2, gross sales have been break up 50:50 PDK to guide within the UK. Regardless of the case, the introduction of a Touring this early within the vary absolutely have to be excellent news for potential patrons; GT3 selection is the spice of life, proper? Anticipate Touring deliveries later within the 12 months.