Porsche Pondering a Turbo for the 911 GT3 RS
Tradition is a term held in high regard over at Porsche headquarters. The automaker has pigeonholed itself into pushing for ever-higher performance within the constraints of its celebrated designs – both on the outside and within. Which is not a bad thing, but it does draw attention when about-face turns arise during vehicle development. Autocar has reported that the upcoming Porsche 911 GT3 RS could soon sport a turbocharged engine rather than the 3.8-liter flat-six that the current-gen 991 GT3 utilizes. Porsche’s previous GT3 generations have all been top-of-the-pile naturally aspirated offerings. RELATED: See photos of the 2014 911 GT3
The potential induction change comes courtesy of the highly publicized GT3 engine fires from earlier this year, along with the viability of drawing more power from the current unit, which already produces 475-horsepower at a high-flying 8250rpm. Porsche engineers are allegedly weighing the turbo option as a means of extracting more power without compromising reliability or efficiency.
It’s a bit of a coming-of-age step for Porsche with the RS, but it’s a decision that its contemporaries in the elite sports car segment have been making for years. And given Porsche’s track record for reliability and intuitive design – it seems the sensible move to make. However, if Porsche does make the change, it would cast serious doubt on a GT2 variant for the 991 generation.
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