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It’s okay to be cliché with a Porsche 911 GT3

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1M who? A whopping 76% say to go for the 128i, and I’m so proud of you. Now the 1M might be a cliché kind of car, but when is it okay to follow the trend? How about when there’s a Porsche 911 GT3 Touring available?

How about when there’s two?

The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring vs the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring

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Photo: Cars and Bids

See the 2022 911 GT3 listing

See the 2018 911 GT3 listing

Walk through a Sunday morning car show, and it’s a sea of sameness. Many times, I’ll try to convince you to be different – a Z06 is an amazing car. Other times, I might encourage your weird side – an Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition comes to mind.

But at the end of the day, there’s only one true driving king – the 911.

Not just any 911, like a T. No – this week, we’ve just won the lottery, and we can get the only 911 that matters: a GT3. Let’s make it even more special with two Touring editions.

Why do you want one of these? How about the naturally-aspirated flat-six mated to a six-speed manual? Or the fact that both are practically brand new.

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The Touring decapitates the wing off.

How ’bout cars like this going away soon – forever.

See, I think what’s happening now is the automotive version of Duck, Duck, Goose. We are looking through the entire back catalog of performance cars, but some day soon the government will tell us “Tough shit, electric-only for your next car.”

When that happens, we will be left with the gas-powered cars that happen to be in our garage, unable to do anything but trade it in. Once that day comes, don’t you want this 911 GT3 “goose” to be the one you’re stuck with?

The 2022 992 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring

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The 992 911 GT3 Touring. Photo: Cars and Bids

The reason why I selected this car is because it’s simply available. If you walked in tomorrow as a regular Joe with a blank check, the Porsche store would still laugh at you.

“Did you own a Porsche before?” – No.

Good-Bye.

“Did you own a Porsche before?” – Yes. “Did you own the right kind of Porsche?” – No.

Good-bye.

Dealers are going to give priority to loyal customers with deep pockets, meaning people that already own a 918, or another GT car. A lot of these people can afford to buy another, then stash them for the gas-carpocalypse. This might not be fair, but that’s just the way it is and there’s nothing we can do about it. It’s not exactly an M3 we’re buyin’.

With that in mind:

  • 800 miles
  • $235,000 (as of 2/14) – I see regular GT3s going for over $250k
  • Chalk over Black, very tasteful
  • Clean record and CarFax
  • Chrono Package, Front-Lift system, center-lock wheels
  • Totally stock – not even PPF
  • 502 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque

The driver’s side bolster has an unusual amount of wear for such a new thing, but yea – this car has the goods.

The 2018 991 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring

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The 2018 991.2 911 GT3 Touring. Photo: Bring a Trailer

This car is a generation older, but they are remarkably close in spec. Let’s talk about that part first:

  • 4,300 miles
  • $176,918 (as of 2/14) – a similar example went for $208k
  • GT Silver Metallic (from the Carrera GT) over Black
  • Clean record and CarFax
  • Chrono Package, Front-Lift system, center-lock wheels
  • Totally stock – not even PPF
  • 500 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque

I wish I could tell you that you’ll get a big discount on this car because it’s a 991, but they are very close to each other.

Why you want a 911 GT3 Touring

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Both versions can have carbon bucket seats in front.

First – do you want a Touring? Maybe. You delete the crazy body additions of a regular GT3, and gain a back seat. I dig that:

  • Black window trim
  • Rear Porsche lettering
  • A revised decklid with a mesh grille
  • Retractable rear spoiler in place of the F-14 tail bolted to a regular one

Now, that wing – it’s important. It provides real downforce on a car that really needs some pressure on those rear wheels. But if you’re not going to track the car (and don’t want the attention) – the Touring can be even more special.

The 991 911 GT3 Touring vs the 992

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The 991 isn’t as beefy, in any variant.

Though they may look similar, the 992 is:

  • The first to feature staggered wheel sizes
  • Has an inaccessible engine. Whatever – you want to touch this thing in your driveway, go right ahead.
  • Larger brakes with R Compound tires
  • A bit more power from the engine – unnoticeable
  • A new double-wishbone setup at the front, multi-link rear axle, and adjustability for racing

At the end of the day, both are pure driver’s cars, and the Touring package adds a level of special – only you need know just how good it is.

So, 991 or 992? Let’s spend money.

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