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Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Porsche 911 GT3 Touring - Frankfurt 2017

Porsche 911 GT3 Touring - Frankfurt 2017

The new Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Pack was unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, adding a new, broader - whisper it - less extrovert vibe to the benchmark sports vehicle. Called the 911 GT3 Touring Package loses the fixed rear wing and instead gets a variable rear spoiler like the 911 Carrera. The front of the GT3 remains unchanged by the Touring Package. The name harks back to the 911 Carrera RS from 1973. 'Sports auto enthusiasts who particularly value an understated appearance combined with a high level of driving enjoyment are the intended audience, ' says Porsche. An automatic intermediate acceleration function ensures an exciting sound when downshifting. You'll still arrive at 60 mph in 3.8 seconds - same as the standard 6MT GT3 - although with a top speed of 196 mph, you're down by 1-2 mph compared to the big-winged GT3 variants. Unlike other GT3s, the front turn signal lenses and the taillights are not tinted unless you opt for the Touring Package - Exterior in Black option, which also colors those aforementioned trim elements black. They include features such as all exterior and wheel colours, the PCCB ceramic brake, the lift system, LED headlights, all seat variants, the Chrono Package and the audio systems. The naturally aspirated six-cylinder flat engine with four-litre displacement is taken from racing cars such as the 911 RSR and 911 GT3 Cup. The seat centres are - you might want to sit down here - black fabric as standard.

In 2016, Porsche introduced the limited edition 911R with a naturally aspirated engine sending power to the rear wheels through a manual transmission.

Most visibly, there's no vast rear wing cluttering up your rear visibility. The engine is characterized by its high-revving nature.

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The 991 911R production cars soon became harder to come by than Porsche's multi-million dollar 918 hypercar, leaving numerous brand's fans high and dry.

The chassis of the 911 GT3 is a testament to Porsche's experience in motorsport. It is available exclusively with a manual six-gear transmission and all models get rear-axle steering. This app enables the driver to display, record and analyse detailed driving data on their smartphone. Checking the Touring box on the GT3 order form is a no-cost option, each GT3 starting from the same $144,650.

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