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Factory 'Touring Package' plus all the best factory options 4.0-litre atmospheric flat-six from the 991.2 Cup Car. 9,000 rpm,493bhp, 347lb/ft Six-speed GT sports manual gearbox and mechanical locking differential. Rear-wheel drive Sapphire Blue Metallic with Black Leather Just 400 gentle miles from new Porsche unveiled the '911 GT3 Touring Package' as a more approachable alternative to the rare, expensive and totally focused '911 R'. The new model made its world debut at a media function on the eve of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show and was the latest in a line of road-friendly models aimed at purists intent on securing one of the last remaining 911 models powered by a naturally aspirated engine. With 493 bhp on tap directed towards the rear wheels through a manual gearbox, this truly is harking back to the spirit of those legendary air-cooled 911s from the mid-seventies. The differences between the standard GT3 and the 'Touring Pack' are small but important. Up front, it features the same bumper assembly and air ducts as Porsche's standard race-bred model. The rear, however, receives a more understated look, with an automatically deploying spoiler assembly from the standard 911 Carrera, complete with an additional Gurney Flap and a unique grille insert bearing a GT3 Touring logo. Other exterior touches include headlight washer system covers, highlights around the side windows, and sport exhaust tailpipes, all in silver. Buyers could specify a so-called 'Black Exterior Touring Package' to change these elements to black. In a further departure from the standard 911 GT3, the internal headlight graphics and tail-light lenses are darkened in colour. Mechanically, the rear-wheel-drive 911 GT3 Touring Package is identical to the recently facelifted standard 911 GT3. Power comes from the most powerful and largest capacity naturally-aspirated version of Porsche's classic flat six-cylinder petrol engine. With a displacement of 4.0-litres, it delivers 493bhp at 8250rpm and 339lb ft of torque at 6000rpm and has the distinction of being able to rev to a heady 9000rpm. Drive is channelled to the rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual gearbox and mechanical locking differential. Porsche claims the same 0-62mph time as the standard 911 GT3 at 3.9sec., however, the 911 GT3 Touring Package cannot quite claim the same top speed, with 196mph as against the standard car's 198mph. Inside, the new model swaps the Alcantara accents of the standard car for genuine leather trim which is used on the steering wheel, gear lever, door panel armrests, centre console storage compartment lid, and door handles. The seat centres are upholstered in black fabric, while the headrests feature an embossed Porsche logo. There are also black aluminium trim applications within the dashboard. The 911 GT3 Touring Package rolls on 20in centre-lock wheels - 9.0in in width up front and 12.0in in width at the rear and they are shod with 245/35 and 305/30 profile tyres respectively. Clothed in the same aluminium body as the 911 Carrera 4, the new model is 44mm wider than the standard 911 Carrera and lowered suspension also sees it sit 25mm closer to the ground. Among the new model's innovations is a rear-wheel steer function which points the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels for added agility at lower speeds and (comfortingly) in the same direction as the front wheels for greater longitudinal stability at higher speeds. This represents a very rare opportunity to purchase the latest GT3 Touring fitted with a 6-speed manual gearbox at a sensible price estimate. Purchased in April of this year by Silverstone Auctions owner, Nick Whale, the car has covered just 400 careful running-in miles and is offered as a UK-supplied car with a known incident free history and factory warranty valid for the next two and a half years. Finished in Sapphire Blue Metallic with Black leather and ordered with all the right options, the specification includes: 6-speed GT sports manual transmission, BOSE Surround Sound-System, Sports Chrono Package and preparation for lap trigger, cruise control, deletion of model designation, Digital radio, Front axle lift system, Instrument dials in White, Leather interior with stitching in red, Light design package, Porsche Vehicle Tracking System, Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear window), Reversing camera, Seat heating, Sports Bucket Seats, Steering wheel rim and gear selector in smooth-finish leather, Black Exterior Touring Package. A very rare and special opportunity to own a very civilised, state-of-the-art, 911 at a sensible guide price.