During Gran Turismo Nürburgring I have filmed the all new Porsche 991 (mark 2) GT3 Touring.
Hear that? That’s the sound of the Porsche 911 R’s resale value deflating. The 911 R, you’ll remember, was the subtler, stick-shift alternative to the big-winged, PDK-only 911 GT3 and GT3 RS. Unsurprisingly, mixing the GT3 RS’s powertrain with a manual transmission and sleeper looks proved a recipe for success, with private collectors soon snapping up the limited edition 911 R for figures that far exceeded the model’s $185,950 MSRP.
Alas, the first hit to the 911 R’s resale value came with the introduction of the latest 911 GT3 this past spring. Repenting for the sins of its predecessor, the new 911 GT3 once again reunited the race-ready model with a six-speed manual transmission as a no-cost option. (The quicker-shifting seven-speed PDK automatic is standard.) Now comes another car to take some of the air out of the 911 R’s inflated value: the 911 GT3 Touring.
Well, technically it’s the 911 GT3 with the Touring package. Semantics aside, the Touring follows in the tire tracks of the 911 R. It’s a 911 GT3 sans over-the-top visuals. Fitted with the GT3’s cacophonous 500-hp 4.0-liter flat-six mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the Touring does without the standard car’s tabletop rear wing. Instead, the model sports a subtler retractable rear spoiler with a model-specific Gurney flap. Other changes include chrome window surrounds and non-tinted front and rear turn signals. The Touring shares its front and rear fascia designs, as well as its wheels, with the standard GT3. Same with its ride height: it sits 0.9 inch lower than the 911 Carrera S.
Inside, the Touring comes with leather and cloth sport seats, Porsche’s latest Apple CarPlay–ready infotainment system, a small-diameter three-spoke steering wheel, and aluminum trim. Notably missing, however, is a rear seat.
Don’t let the 911 GT3 Touring’s conservative looks fool you, though. The model is as raucous as its flashy sibling. Porsche reports that the 911 GT3 Touring tips the scales at the same 3116 pounds as the standard GT3 with a six-speed manual transmission and is able to claw its way to 60 mph in an identical 3.8 seconds. Top speed for the Touring is limited to 196 mph—2 mph slower than the standard GT3 with a manual transmission.
While Porsche charged $7700 more for the 911 R than for the prior 911 GT3 RS, the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring is being sold for the same $144,650 as the standard GT3. Expect the 911 GT3 Touring to go on sale before the end of the year, which means any current 911 R owners hoping to sell their car before the model’s resale bubble truly pops had better get a move on.