Porsche’s 911 GT3 with Touring Package will return, riffing on a familiar formula
Porsche revealed the 2022 911 GT3 to the world this morning, glorious rear wing and all. At the livestreamed unveiling, Andreas Preuninger, head of Porsche’s GT car lineup, hinted that a wingless version of the GT3 car will arrive later this year as the Touring Package.
We love this idea, because it takes what is already a deeply focused product—the wailing, free-breathing flat-six GT3—and removes even more visual noise from the picture. The GT3’s swan-neck wing is neat, but that classic, uninterrupted silhouette is something to celebrate—doubly so when it houses the sole remaining naturally-aspirated powertrain in the 911 family.
We first saw the Touring package on the previous-gen GT3. Stuttgart faithful will say that the Touring was a result of some shady dealings surrounding the ultra-exclusive 911R, of which Porsche only produced 991 units: Some folks who secured allocations turned around and immediately sold the cars for huge markups. At the time, the 911R was a revelation because it was widely considered the purest distillation of the modern 911 form. The GT3 Touring essentially replicated the 911R formula but left aside the air of exclusivity that helped precipitate the debacle with the flippers.
Aside from confirming that the Touring package would make a return, Preuninger was scant on particulars. If the folks at Porsche are taking requests, we’d ask for a new hood sans the horizontal nostrils that are present on the new GT3’s nose. The slats may offer aerodynamic advantages for the car with the wing, but on the Touring Package, subtlety is king, so we’ll pass on the vents.
As of this writing, Porsche hasn’t released pricing for the new-born GT3, or this package. For the previous 991.2 generation, the Touring Package was a no-cost option offered exclusively on manual transmission-equipped GT3s. We expect a similar pricing structure for the upcoming model, but we may see the Touring Package made available to PDK models this time around, too.
Our take? The GT3 Touring will be the perfect 992-generation 911. Now that Porsche lets you slap a fixed wing on any 992, these wingless cars will be even more special.