Porsche reveal the 2022 911 GT3 Touring
Subtle styling cocooning a 502bhp mile muncher will only spell success, and here's why
By Shafiq Abidin
Last year, Porsche took a gamble on their special 911 GT3 lineage by branching it into a secondary avenue, and introducing the 911 GT3 Touring. It's essentially the same car, but without the flamboyant wing, the track-focussed aero kit, and alien spaceship-like vents that give it a real mean presence on the road. It was a bold call, essentially removing the tiger's stripes, but it paid dividends. Massive dividends.
Being the second of its name, Porsche's all new 992 911 GT3 Touring will mimic the standard GT3's statistics, so you can expect it to match the equivalent cars from competitors like McLaren and Ferrari. Critically acclaimed motoring journalist Chris Harris has owned the first Touring model for a while now, and if you follow his Instagram page, you'll know that he's absolutely smitten with it. Here's the car he says will most likely replace it with in the forthcoming months:
Whilst the eviction of the big rear spoiler is a substantial change, the 992 Touring will still have an automatic wing which will deploy beyond a certain speed. Other changes include the front-end getting a custom grille which will be noticeably different to the one found on the standard GT3. Again, they're small changes, but ones that will help reduce some of the pantomime that comes with owning a Porsche 911 GT3.
That symphonic burble that only Porsche's can sing so well will be played by a silver-coated twin exhaust, with the option to re-colour it in satin black also available. The rear also sports a wonderful GT3 Touring badge, just in case onlookers get confused with exactly what differentiates this car from its near-identical 911 siblings.
The Touring will also sport the same 20/21-inch alloys that the traditional GT3 does, whilst also maintaining the same external colour palate and leather interior options. Though, Porsche will not offer as many colour choices beneath the dashboard. But let's be honest, that's not exactly the end of the world. El oh el.
In terms of performance, Porsche will continue their tradition of placing a natural aspirated flat-six in the GT3, with both a six-speed manual and a dual-clutch automatic being offered. The power will sit at a healthy 502bhp, and its top speed will be just shy of the magical 200mph barrier. Plenty of grunt to go with that gorgeous silhouette of a body, in exchange for $161,000, seems like an absolute steal. Is there a better all-rounder in the world right now? Probably not.