- 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring pricing and specification
- New sports car swaps GT3's wing for a discreet active spoiler
- 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition inspired by one of the first Porsches imported to Australia
- Priced from $369,700 before on-road costs, with first deliveries due around Christmas
The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring has been unveiled, as the more discreet twin to the track-focused 911 GT3 sports car – and the beneficiary of an exclusive 70 Years Porsche Australia special edition.
Following the unveiling of the 'regular' 911 GT3 in February, its Touring sibling – officially branded by Porsche as the 911 GT3 with Touring Package – combines the bewinged model's screaming flat-six and race-bred chassis smarts with a more understated appearance led by the lack of the swan-neck rear wing.
Mounted in the rear of the car is the same 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six engine as the normal GT3, sending 375kW and 470Nm to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission as standard or, for the first time, a seven-speed 'PDK' dual-clutch automatic as an option.
Above and throughout: Porsche 911 GT3 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition, based on the 911 GT3 Touring.
Porsche doesn't quote a 0-100km/h acceleration time for the GT3 Touring, though its identical 1418kg (manual) and 1435kg (PDK auto) weight figures to the wing-equipped GT3 suggest little to no change from its 3.4-second (auto) or 3.9-second (manual) sprint times.
Top speed should also be similar or slightly better than the higher-downforce GT3's 318km/h (auto) and 320km/h (manual) claims. As before, the engine revs all the way to 9000rpm.
Differentiating the GT3 Touring from its already-revealed sibling on the outside is the lack of a fixed 'swan-neck' rear wing, replacing it with a lower-downforce but less conspicuous active rear spoiler shared with regular 911 Carrera model.
Other changes as standard include anodised aluminium trim strips on the side windows and silver sports exhaust tips – though an optional 'Touring Package in Black' can colour these in satin black – plus a body-coloured lower front bumper insert (replacing black), and 'GT3 touring' badging on the rear engine cover.
The GT3 Touring benefits from the same track-honed chassis as the standard GT3, which features double-wishbone front suspension derived from the brand's race cars for the first time, and high-downforce front and rear fascias aimed at keeping the vehicle stuck to the road.
At the corners of the car 20-inch front and 21-inch rear centre locking alloy wheels fill the arches, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (which are 10mm wider than the outgoing GT3's) and hiding a choice of steel or carbon-ceramic brake discs.
Cancelling out the weight penalty associated with the new GT3 and GT3 Touring's wider body, larger wheels and increased technology are a selection of weight-saving features, including a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic front 'bonnet', lightweight glass windows, a 10kg-lighter sports exhaust system, and forged alloy wheels.
Inside, the steering wheel, gear lever, centre console cover, door armrests and door handles are all trimmed in black – exclusive to the GT3 Touring – while the seats are wrapped in a combination of black leather and black fabric.
Embossed Porsche crests feature on the headrests, while the door sill plates and dashboard trim inlays are made from brushed black aluminium.
The Touring shares its 10.9-inch infotainment touchscreen and semi-digital instrument cluster with the standard GT3, the latter of which can switch into a 'track screen' at the push of a button, which limits the left and right displays to tyre and oil pressure, coolant temperature, fuel level and other information for on-track driving.
A 'Mode' switch on the steering wheel allows for drivers to select between Normal, Sport and Track drive modes.
Standard equipment on Australian-delivered GT3 Touring models includes LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Lighting System (PDLS), auto-dimming side mirrors with rain sensing, metallic paint, a front-axle lift system, rear ParkAssist, reversing camera, tyre repair kit, and digital radio.
All GT3 Touring buyers will have the option of an exclusive Porsche Design chronograph, with colours and components inspired by the aforementioned road car.
2022 Porsche 911 GT3 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition price and specs
Unveiled alongside the 911 GT3 Touring is a special-edition model built to celebrate 70 years of the Porsche brand in Australia: the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition.
Developed in collaboration with the Style Porsche design team, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur customisation division and Porsche Cars Australia, the 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition draws inspiration from one of the first two Porsche 356 vehicles imported to Australia in 1951, with unique interior and exterior highlights.
CarAdvice understands roughly 25 examples of the special edition – available with both manual and PDK automatic transmissions – will be allocated through the Australian Porsche dealer network, with first deliveries set to commence at the end of 2021.
On the outside, the 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition is finished in a modern, metallic interpretation of the original 356's Fish Silver Grey colour, joined by other exclusive touches including dark silver alloy wheels with Fish Silver Grey Metallic outer rims, unique B-pillar badging, and black brake calipers.
Inside, front occupants sit in full bucket seats upholstered in Graphite Blue leather with 'Madraskaro' checkered fabric in Graphite Blue and Crayon, and Porsche crests embossed into the headrests.
The dashboard and centre console trim inlays are painted in Fish Silver Grey Metallic, and a '70' logo has been embossed into the centre console storage compartment lid, while Porsche's off-white Crayon colour adorns the steering wheel's 12 o'clock marker, gear shift pattern indicator, and contrast stitching throughout the cabin.
Other highlights include brushed aluminium illuminated sill plates with the appropriate lettering, Fish Silver Grey Metallic key fob with a black and blue leather pouch, and a bespoke Graphite Blue car cover with piping, 'GT3 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition' lettering and 'Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur' logo all in Crayon.
They join a number of previously-optional features now fitted as standard, including the Chrono package, Storage package, Bose surround sound system, Race-Tex suede headlining and sun visors, Graphite Blue speaker grilles, leather cup holder trims, additional ambient lighting, black tailpipes and window sills (but Lightsilver rear Porsche badging) and tinted LED headlights.
That's all in addition to the standard features offered with the 'base' 911 GT3 Touring.
The 911 GT3 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition is both the first Australian-exclusive Porsche special edition, and the first market-specific edition based on a 911 GT model. Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur's size also prevents it from building more than one special edition roughly every two years – making this Australia-only Touring one to celebrate.
"Exclusivity and customisation have been synonymous with Porsche for decades. It is fitting that this special edition features exclusive elements that link back to one of the two first Porsche sportscars imported to Australia by Norman Hamilton 70 years ago", said Sam Curtis, Managing Director and CEO of Porsche Cars Australia.
The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring and 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition will reach the first customers' driveways at the end of 2021. Both models are available to order now.
A price list for the 911 GT3 range can be found below.
2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Australian pricing
- 911 GT3 – $369,700
- 911 GT3 with Touring Package – $369,700 (new)
- 911 GT3 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition – $494,400 (new)
Note: All prices exclude on-road costs.