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Porsche has launched a new Touring Pack for the 911 GT3. It adds a few creature comforts, along with notably more restrained styling.

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Ticking the Touring Pack option box removes the huge rear wing, adding silver trim for the window surrounds, silver exhaust outlets and a new ‘GT3 Touring’ badge for the engine cover. The standard LED headlamps are also swapped for smoked units.

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Inside, the steering wheel, gear lever and door panels are trimmed in leather instead of plastic, while the seats also feature partial leather trim. The Touring has brushed black aluminium trim for the dashboard and sill treadplates, too.

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This isn’t the first time a performance-focused 911 to feature a comfort-biased option. The tradition stretches back to the 1973 Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS and was revived on the previous ‘991’ generation 911.

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The GT3 Touring Pack model is powered by the same 510hp 4.0-litre flat-six engine in the ‘standard’ GT3. Unlike the old model, buyers can choose from either a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic.

The manual GT3 will get from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds, which drops to 3.4 seconds when fitted with PDK. That’s despite the latter ’box increasing the car’s kerb weight from 1,418kg to 1,435kg. Top speed is 199mph with the manual and 198mph with the auto.

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The 911 GT3 Touring is priced from £127,820. Included in the price is a ‘bespoke driving experience’ around the Silverstone circuit, along with a unique wristwatch.

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