By on September 12, 2017

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package: - Image: PorschePlymouth Superbird. Lamborghini Countach. BMW 3.0 CSL. A80 Toyota Supra. Ford Escort Cosworth. Acura Integra Type R. Subaru Impreza WRX STI.

Some cars are indellibly linked with the rear wing that sat atop their trunklids. In some cases, the spoilers weren’t mandatory, but in your mind’s eye, you always envision the WRX STI and Countach with large aerodynamic addenda.

Certainly not every edition of the Porsche 911 is fitted with a rear wing. But from ducktails to speed-sensitive units to gigantic struts supporting flat planes, the Porsche 911’s shape has been connected to additional rear bodywork for decades. The faster the 911, the more likely you were to find an extra piece affixed to the “911” above its engine.

But times, they are a-changin’. And in an attempt to mute the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 for a mature, purist clientele, a new Touring Package deletes the GT3’s fixed rear wing and forces the fitment of a six-speed manual transmission.

Touring Package cost? 

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 profile - Image: PorscheAfter all, this is Porsche, where the 911 GT3’s front axle lift system costs $2,590; where encasing the dashtop, steering column, sun visors, and transmission tunnel in leather adds $2,680; where the dynamic light system that’s standard on a $37,150 Volkswagen Tiguan adds $780. Adding 27 horsepower to the Porsche 911 Turbo S costs $67,000. Optional wheels on the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series cost $14,980.

So the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3’s Touring Package? It’s as free as books at the library.2018 Porsche 911 GT3 rear wing - Image: PorscheIn place of the usual 911 GT3 fixed rear wing, Porsche installs an automatically extending rear spoiler called a Gurney Flap. Badging on the rear lid says GT3 Touring. Rather than Alcantara, the steering wheel, shift lever, doorhandle, and armrests are leather-clad. Stitching switches from grey to black. The manual transmission and 4.0-liter boxer six-cylinder are linked to Porsche Torque Vectoring.

The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring, Porsche says, won’t be available until November 2017 “at the earliest.” Pricing, including destination, starts at $144,650. The 4.0-liter engine produces 500 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque, revving to 8,250 sonorous rpm. Although Porsche says the PDK-equipped GT3 accelerates from nought to 60 four-tenths of a second quicker than the manual car, the seven-speed PDK would add 37 pounds to the GT3. If, that is, it was available with the Touring Package, which it’s not.

U.S. sales of the entire Porsche 911 range are down 9 percent this year, on track for a six-year low. But 911 sales in August 2017, an inordinately car-centric month for Porsche, did rise to a 16-month high.

[Images: Porsche]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and and the founder and former editor of Follow on Twitter @timcaincars and Instagram.

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23 Comments on “Hate Rear Wings? Porsche Now Has a 911 GT3 Just For You – the 911 GT3 Touring Package...”

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    Bring back the whale tail.

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    S2k Chris

    Technically the lip on the edge of the spoiler is the Gurney flap. The spoiler itself is just a spoiler.

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    In other words, Porsche is finally facing the reality that all the guys that Car and Driver writers are trying to seduce don’t actually have the money to buy enough automatic transmission costumes to make manuals redundant. The 911R demonstrated that many of the wealthiest enthusiasts don’t need help with the basics. It must feel awfully stupid to push the ‘automatics are the way forward’ narrative only for your manual cars to follow gated-shifter Ferraris into instant collector’s item status. Will they figure out that turbos are for hand puppets before it’s too late?

    • 0 avatar
      S2k Chris

      ??? Car and Driver are the ones behind the whole Save the Manuals spiel. Or am I misunderstanding you?

      • 0 avatar

        It’s possible that whoever actually was in favor of manuals is long gone, and the meme is just there like an appendix. When’s the last time they wrote an article about a Porsche without saying the PDK is the better choice of transmission?

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          S2k Chris

          I dunno, they were thrilled about the GT3 being available with the 6MT.

          I think part of it is that the 7MT in the ‘regular’ Carreras isn’t that great (allegedly, I dunno).

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            I recently drove both a 2017 911 GTS with a PDK and a manual on track.

            If I was trying to set a lap record or win a race I’d pick the PDK all day long.

            If I was trying to test my skills as a driver and have a hoot while doing it I would take the manual.

            That said, the manual in my Camaro SS 1LE is nicer to shift than the 911 manual (both the 2017 and in my 2009 S)

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      Well, it’s not a black-and-white thing. Outside the US, the enthusiast community is heavily influenced by F1 and GT racing, and also very much based in urban areas. So the mix of PDK to manual is heavily skewed to PDK. And of course the PDK boxes enable the supernatural 0-60 and 1/4 mile numbers that look so good in the comparison tests. But there’s clearly a vocal minority of us that want the manual, and we’re willing to pay extra for that experience. Porsche is smart to offer both choices.

      I’m old enough to remember when even the lowliest base 911 had the same Metzger block and cans as the racing cars. In a sense, *all* 911s were GT3s back in those days: plenty of guys would buy on Friday, race on Sunday. So this Touring Package seems like exactly in that spirit. I love it.

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        The lowliest 911 to ever use the M96/72 ‘Mezger’ block was the 996 GT3. It wasn’t a feature of the air cooled cars; it’s first appearance being in the 911 GT1 mid-engine LeMans homologation special. Regular 996s used disposable wet-sump M96 engines.

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    Porsche publicity photos are always weird and unnatural. Look at the lighting up there, and how it highlights the worst parts of the car – shut lines and the depth of the wheels.

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    Finally! Rear wings only belong on FWD penalty boxes to improve front lift and give something for the seagulls to sit on.

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      I was going to say that I love functional wings and hate cosmetic wings, but you put it so much better. Moar understeer! And a hood scoop to ‘ram’ cool air into the opening of the hood scoop and the top of the intact hood.

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    “The 4.0-liter engine produces 500 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque, revving to 8,250 sonorous rpm.”

    Glorious displacement and natural aspiration.

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    At what speeds does a rear wing actually add significantly to a car’s handling. I know it would vary by car and weight distribution but is one really needed at less than 200 KM/H?

    I am not sure that a “wing” is functionally needed on any street car except at open autobahn speeds.

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      S2k Chris

      But a lot of GT3s aren’t just ‘street cars’ as a lot of owners track the cars in various capacities (HPDE on up). The ones that aren’t just Cars and Coffee Queens, of course.

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    Excessive fastness aside, the GT3 has always been much more organic than the regular watercooled models. More special to drive, even when just putzing around, looking like an overpaid toff pretending to be an enthusiast.

    Nice to see P stepped off the Burgerkingring long enough to recognize that. Hope they’ll make enough of them to make them a regular, orderable model. Rather than just a built-to-extract-max-from-collectors limited run.

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    Sounds like Tourist Package to me.

    I kid I kid…

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    White Shadow

    Finally!! I don’t hate rear wings, but I do hate them when they are overly large and obnoxious. I didn’t think we’d ever see the day that you could get a GT3 without the stupidly big wing on the back.

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    “Touring package”… Perhaps someone should tell those Germans that a car that practically invites you to behave like a hooligan doing the twisties is something different than dad leisurely coasting down the highway.

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