The 911 GT3 gets a manual transmission.

Rumors of a manual-transmission 911 GT3 go back years at this point, and now it has arrived. Meet the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3's Touring Package--where minimalism meets modern Porsche two-seater performance. As an added bonus, nearly every 911 GT3 option is available on Touring Package cars, but there are exceptions; any Alcantara-based packages are absent, hinting at the GT3's more laid-back, roadgoing approach to big-motor 911 performance.

The basics remain, of course. The Touring is powered by the 911 GT3's much-beloved 4.0L, naturally aspirated flat-six. It produces 500 horsepower and 339lb-ft of torque and revs to an intoxicating 9,000 RPM. This is the only application of the current 911 where this engine is mated exclusively to a manual transmission--a six-speed in this instance.

The Touring gets a unique exterior look which splits the difference between the 911 and GT3, with understated aerodynamic upgrades (including a unique rear spoiler gurney flap extension) hinting at its GT3 roots. A unique rear grille bears the "GT3 Touring" badge.

Inside, the Touring gets a leather interior meant to befit its road-first mission. The seats get a cloth center section for added grip, but you'll find leather just about everywhere else--the steering wheel, the gear selector, the center console lid, the door panel armrests, etc.