So the six-cylinder Porsche saga rolls on. While rumours continue about just what form the next GT4 and Boxster Spyder might take, here we are already find ourselves with what seem to be the Touring variants.
Given Dr Frank Walliser described the uptake for the 911 GT3 Touring package as "unbelievable", it should come as little surprise that the same template is being followed for the smaller Motorsport car. Especially when you bear in mind that 70 per cent of GT3s in the US have been manuals - buyers have emphatically shown what kind of Porsche GT cars they like. So Porsche is going to make some more.
Like the 911 Touring, the Boxster and Cayman equivalents - as can be seen here - are less aggressive models than the fully fledged GT. While the exhausts and diffusers are familiar from other GT4 and Spyder test prototypes, the rear wings are quite modest and the bodykits less racy. They aren't far off looking like regular Caymans and Boxsters with six-cylinder engines, really, which will surely have appeal to those who find the GT cars a bit overt. There are still ceramic brakes here, though.
Interestingly, our spy photographer suggests that these Touring models may have less power than the GT4 and Speedster; the 911 Touring uses the same 500hp engine as any other GT3. It would certainly ensure some seniority for the non-Touring cars, if Porsche has a desire to keep the models more separate.
We're still none the wiser, however, as to what those power outputs might actually be, what the engine is and when buyers might get hold of one. Surely it can't be that far off now, though. And what a choice to have to make: more six-cylinder noise with a Boxster, or ever-so-slightly sharper dynamics with the Cayman? Full Motorsport vibe with a GT, or a more relaxed road-racer look with the Touring? Decision time!