If you relish the 9,000-rpm scream of a naturally aspirated flat-six but otherwise want to turn down the volume on the Porsche 911 GT3 experience, the $163,450 Touring is the GT3 for you. Otherwise mechanically identical to the brilliant, winged GT3, the Touring offers the same sound and fury in a (slightly) subtler package for the exact same price.
As with the previous generation, the primary difference between the GT3 Touring and the exhibitionist version is the absence of a rear wing. To create downforce, the Touring has a rear spoiler like lesser 911s that automatically extends at 70 mph. But even without the downforce of the big wing, the Touring’s top speed is a claimed 198 mph with the PDK automatic transmission and 199 with the manual. The rest of the aero bits are shared between the two models, from the paneled underbody to the rear diffuser. Other exterior visual cues unique to the Touring include a body-colored front fascia and bright window frames in place of the GT3’s black trim.
Under the wingless tail is Porsche’s 4.0-liter flat-six, kicking out 502 horsepower at a dizzying 8400 rpm. In keeping with its more roadgoing mission, the Touring comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. Carried over intact from the previous GT3, its throws are natural and precise, and so is the beautifully weighted clutch. For the first time in a Touring, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional. Though it adds nothing to the bottom line, opting for the automatic imparts a 37-pound weight penalty. (Just one more reason to save the manuals.) For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.