Porsche 911 GT3 Touring: As Porsche as It Gets

Four times six? Makes three. No, we're not talking about Swedish entertainment for children, but about the Swabian four-liter six-cylinder boxer that powers the current Porsche 911 GT3 Touring. So let's get into the over-suctioned 911 and leave nothing to burn. Except maybe some tire tread.
Text David Staretz & Marko Knab
Photo Marko Knab · ramp.pictures

Let’s not forget that driving a Porsche, in its incarnation as a sports car, is basically a matter of style. This began with the introduction of the original Type 911 in the sixties, when revolutions emerged that simply looked good and blazed a trail with confidence. The classic shape of a Porsche 911 – burned into our retina since first noticing her, a mimicry of speed and essence of the desirable, the Rosebud sled of our deepest traumas – in a wonderfully elegant, wonderfully practical and wonderfully compact fashion combines everything that appears true and important to us in the Porsche way of life.
Phew, I just had to get that out of the way.

»Porsche builds true man caves, which are at the same time the smartest and most sophisticated cockpits around.«

Now that formal introductions are complete, we can head straight to the seventh-generation GT3, especially with the sophisticated and toned-down Touring package.
If these circumstances were different, we would take the time for an engineering prologue and a suitable classification of the model according to brand lineage. But hey, you simply can’t get any more Porsche than that. So let’s not burn up any more precious time. Let’s burn some rubber instead and get into the GT3 to check out right off the bat: How does the rear of a Porsche 911 GT3 behave when you’re at 120 km/h and shift down to second gear before a spicy bend? Instant reply: What once used to be the terror of Porsche drivers now is their delight. The ensuing drift is a mere formality, soundtracked by thunder, especially because the control systems take a back seat and let the driver shine. Rated at up to 9,000 rpm, the naturally aspirated 4.0-L boxer engine gets the most locally supplied fuel imaginable. In front of each intake valve, on top of each 250-bar injector, the gates of hell open up: each cylinder has its own throttle, which allows for an ideal reduction of the air column. This is how the music plays. No sound engineering needed. Nine thousand revolutions require no artistic interpretation.

In its seventh iteration, the GT3 represents a statement of its time anew, more radical even, fiercer than ever, yet so convenient for everyday driving as only a Porsche can be. In order to emphasize this statement with nobility and style, the car can be ordered with the Touring package, which makes it better fit for luxury residential areas while not betraying its raw potential: 520 hp, a top speed of 320 km/h and a Nordschleife lap time of under seven minutes. These are the hallmarks of the best 911 ever made. It is exactly where Porsche’s values meet: reliability, lightweight construction, communicativeness, infused with the racing spirit of true enthusiasm for technology. This vehicle was designed by focused engineers who know exactly what supercars are all about.

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