Each dialog concerning the Porsche 911 GT3 Touring finally ends up centering round one query: Wing or no wing? However actually, there is not any improper reply. The 2fashions are mechanically similar, with the identical efficiency stats and $162,450 beginning worth. Which one you want greatest is solely based mostly on aesthetics. It doesn’t matter what, you are getting a hell of a automotive.
Me? I am absolutely on workforce Touring. Going this route unlocks a further degree of customization not out there on the winged automotive (until you go theroute, after all). The usual GT3 has a black inside with Alcantara suede accents, although you may add GT Silver, Guards Crimson or Shark Blue distinction stitching for a teeny-tiny contact of persona. The Touring, in the meantime, might be out there with round 15 two-tone leather-based schemes, cloth seat inserts and elective embossed trim. Go wild.
Black remains to be the Touring’s base inside coloration, masking the dashboard, the higher elements of the doorways, the steering wheel, heart console and ground liner. However the seats, door playing cards, rear compartment sides and all of the distinction stitching could be accomplished up in all these elective colours, which embrace just a few reds, a number of blues, some beige tones, a few greens and even a wealthy brown or two. Porsche says the choice to develop its commonplace leather-based catalog was simple, since so most of the 991.2-generation GT3 Touring prospects opted to eschew the essential black for one thing far more attention-grabbing. Now, many 992 patrons will not must undergo the entire Unique course of so as to add a splash of coloration. And if you happen to learn that and nonetheless go for all black, I am sorry, you are boring and I am unable to enable you to.
The opposite purpose I am pro-Touring is clear: The 911’s iconic silhouette is greatest left uninterrupted. Cool because the GT3’s swan neck wing is, it is also loads, all brutal and sharp, just like the world’s least-inviting park bench. Sure, it does have a useful function, however not one you will discover on a public street. Porsche tells me the wing’s aerodynamic profit does not make a significant distinction at authorized speeds, so until hella-fast observe days or autobahn blasting are in your future, the factor is usually for look’s sake.
The Touring is not completely wingless, nonetheless; it has the identical retractable spoiler you will discover on a 911 Carrera. However on the Touring, the rear flap flips up at 49 mph, which is prior to the Carrera’s, and it extends barely greater for a bigger aperture. If I am being choosy, I additionally hate the best way the usual 911’s wing seems when it is up, however it’s a tradeoff I am keen to make for a way nice this automotive seems when the spoiler is retracted. My excellent answer would truly be to make use of the traditional GT3’s hatch with its cute little mounted ducktail and never have any energetic aero in any respect, however I am positive Porsche engineers have an entire checklist of the reason why that is merely not potential and why I am dumb for even suggesting such a factor.
Different Touring-specific variations embrace a mesh cowl for the engine’s air consumption with a GT3 Touring emblem, the removing of the GT3 script from the rear bumper and metallic trim across the headlights and facet glass. The decrease entrance fascia can also be painted to match the remainder of the physique, not like the piece on the usual GT3, which is black no matter exterior coloration. It is a way more cohesive look, even when I nonetheless do not just like the little nostril vents on the tip of the sloping hood.
In each different regard, the 2 911s are similar, from the double-wishbone suspension up entrance to the pronounced diffuser out again. The improbable 4.0-liter flat-6 engine cranks out the identical 502 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque, and you may nonetheless rev the bejesus out of it till you smooch that 9,000-rpm redline. Not like the last-generation GT3 Touring, which was solely out there with a handbook transmission, now you can spec Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch ‘field as a no-cost possibility, which shaves half a second off the coupe’s 0-to-60-mph time, for a scant 3.2-second run.
I can perceive going PDK if you happen to’re a observe rat chasing lap occasions, however I would be remiss to not order the Touring with the candy, candy six-speed handbook. What you lose in outright quickness (0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds) you get again tenfold in driver involvement. There’s something so satisfying concerning the excellent sync of proper arm and left leg as you rapidly upshift from second to 3rd, simply because the tach touches that backlit quantity 9. The handbook gearbox is doubly as fulfilling on the best way again down, too, with well-spaced pedals for heel-and-toe shifting, or Porsche’s nice auto rev-matching tech, which purists bemoan however I exploit on a regular basis.
The gear lever itself is sweet and thick, and it is truly the identical one you get in a PDK GT3. I’ll admit discovering a slight disconnect with this shifter, prefer it’s lacking a little bit of its mechanical linkage. Stated one other manner, it is much less satisfying than the stick in aor , however not a lot that I would even think about shopping for a GT3 with out it.
Moreover, good on Porsche for persevering with to supply a handbook within the Touring, particularly since three-pedal automobiles account for roughly 70% of all GT3 gross sales within the US. Oh, and additional huge kudos to Porsche forfor California’s outdated car code, which . Yikes.
The Touring weighs the identical as an ordinary GT3 — 3,126 kilos with the stick — which makes it 228 kilos lighter than a base 911 Carrera. The engine’s energy and ferocity by itself are sufficient to make this automotive whole dynamite on a winding street, however add in a street-legal model of the 911 RSR race automotive’s entrance suspension, rear-axle steering, a large entrance observe and insanely grippy Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (with 315-section rears) and, properly, god rattling.
I can really feel each pebble and each crack beneath the tires, however nothing can upset the GT3’s stability. The steering wheel feels alive in my arms and the chassis sends crystal clear alerts up my backbone. Would-be pucker moments involving mid-corner ruts and undulations are hardly a match for the subtle suspension, and I hold flashing again to my first drive of the usual GT3, reminding myself to brake later when diving into turns, letting the chassis and tires do their factor.
Over hours of driving masking a whole lot of miles, there’s by no means a way that the Touring desires me to let up. After all, it is also fairly loud inside, so if it is correct long-distance grand touring you are after, a extra comfy automotive like ais arguably the best way to go.
Compromises are few and much between, and none of them are particular to the Touring. My automotive is supplied with the usual metal stoppers, and whereas there’s nothing improper with them per se, I do miss the robust preliminary chunk of the elective carbon ceramic brakes — even when they do price an eye-watering $9,210. Past that, you may’t get the GT3 with most of the 911’s superior driver-assistance methods. It does, nonetheless, include the up to date model of Porsche’s infotainment tech, which.
The GT3 is certainly one of Porsche’s all-time best sports activities automobiles and the Touring does not sacrifice an oz. of that thrill. Wing or no wing, you actually cannot go improper.