Porsche is finally giving 911 fans the sports car they've been waiting for
For 911 fanatics, it was an oasis of purity in an age of turbo engines, twin-clutch gear boxes, and all-wheel-drive.
The 991 911R production cars soon became harder to come by than Porsche's multi-million dollar 918 hypercar, leaving many of the brand's fans high and dry.
(911Rs have been showing up on auction sites more than double its original $184,900 starting price.)
Now, Porsche going back and doing its fans a solid.
On Monday, the company unveiled the new 911 GT3 with Touring Package ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. In many ways, the Touring Package turns the GT3 into a 911R, but without the exorbitant price tag.
The GT3's 4.0-liter flat-six-cylinder engine, lifted directly from the 911RSR and 911 GT3 Cup race cars, is good for 500 horsepower, the same as the 911R.
Aesthetically, the most significant change that comes with the Touring Package is the replacement of the GT3's large fixed spoiler with a retractable unit.
The Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package is available for order now with delivery expected to commence in early 2018. The Touring Package equipped GT3 starts at $143,600.