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Future Porsche Models To Be Exclusively Turbocharged; GT3 RS To Retain Naturally Aspirated Engine

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On: Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 2:55PM | By: Carl Malek


Future Porsche Models To Be Exclusively Turbocharged; GT3 RS To Retain Naturally Aspirated Engine

In a statement that confirms persisent rumors on the future of Porsche's engine offerings, a Porsche exedcutive has revealed that the firm is looking to a turobocharged future when it comes to the 911 model family. This would eliminate the naturally aspirated engine from the 911 family—with the exception of the GT3 RS—in a bid to improve fuel efficency and performance.

This surprising revelation was revealed by Porsche Devlopment Chief Wolfgang Hatz when he was asked by Autocar about the development of the upcoming GT3 RS. Hatz quickly denied prior reports that the RS would be the first GT3 variant to use turbocharging, before revealing that all other 911 models would embrace the technology in the near future. As for the GT3 RS, Hatz stated that despite the retention of its traditional naturally aspirated engine setup, the car would be "far more extreme" than its predecessor, which would translate to noticeably higher muscle and track capability. A chief example of its "far more extreme" charcteristics could be found out on the fabled Nurburgring Raceway in Germany where the new car could outpace its predecessor by lapping the numerous twists and turns of the circuit in under seven minutes and 20 seconds, about five seconds faster than the current RS. This should please RS buyers who want the car to retain its track-day virtues while still being a formidbale contender to rivals from Mercedes, Ferrari, and Lamborghini.

In addition to its continued dominace out on the track, the next generation GT3 RS's engine would also serve as a template for future turbocharged 911 models with the engine being adapted, and subsequently turbocharged to power other variants of the 911 model family. The addition of turbochargers as well as other fuel-saving technologies would allow the 911 to retain much of its fun-to-drive character, while it would also allow the model to be more efficent than many of its sports car rivals, an attractive combination for enthusiasts.

On the other end of the spectrum, Hatz also revealed that a new turbocharged flat-four will make its appearance in the base Boxster sometime next year, with the entry-level Cayman coupe receiving the same powerplant shortly after. Like its bigger siblings, the new powerplant aims to improve the efficency of both models, while also upgrading performance, a nice plus, especially on the Cayman. Lastly, the soon-to-be-released GT4 Cayman is also on pace to arrive in Porsche showrooms either late summer or early fall. Designed to be both the range and performance pinnacle of the Cayman lineup, the GT4 is expected to arrive with at least 400 horsepower and numerous performance enhancements that will be exclusive to the GT4. Already blurring the boundary between itself and the 911 in its standard guise, look for the GT4 Cayman to perhaps shatter that imaginary line, and offer buyers 911-like performance but at a slightly cheaper price tag.

Hatz also added new levels of speculation at the end of his remarks when he casually revealed that the brand is devleoping a new entry in the supercar segment. Designed to serve as a placeholder between the 911 and the ultra rare and already sold out 918 Spyder, the new model will be a compelling blend of 911 and 918 traits; it is expected to arrive in the marketplace within the next five years. Look for more information about the new model to possibly emerge within that timeframe, but this subtle tease is enough to at least refire the rumor mill and have us all eagerly awaiting the confirmation of a final production version.

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