Porsche 911 GT3 Touring announced

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Often regarded as Porsche's most hardcore sports car, the 911 GT3 is also seen as the most flamboyant offering. Often decked out with conspicuous wings and a painted in a vivid hue, it's certainly not a shrinking violet in Porsche's range. However, the Stuttgart-based brand has released a more subtle version for discerning drivers' who like their adrenaline served with a bit more understatement.

For those customers who find the GT3's stylish a touch too garish, the new Touring Package has become available as an option on the seventh-generation GT3, launched earlier this year. The package provides the same high-performance thrills, with a 375 kW 4.0-litre flat-six engine providing plenty of motivation. Perhaps the most discerning difference is the omission of the sizable fixed rear wing. At high speeds, the downforce needed is supplied by an automatically extending rear spoiler which tucks away when not needed.

Silver-coloured trim strips, fashioned out of high-gloss anodised aluminium, are found on the side windows - another distinguishing feature that underlines the more discreet appearance of the Touring package. Similarly, the front end also receives bespoke touches. Unlike the dual-tone look of the conventional GT3, the front end is painted completely in the chosen exterior colour.

Inside, the Touring package gains some unique touches. A black roof lining and leather seats are lifted by brushed black aluminium trim found on the door sills and dashboard.

Sending all the power to the rear wheels is a standard six-speed manual 'box, although a no-cost option seven-speed PDK transmission can be ordered with the Touring package.

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