A recent report suggests that a turbocharged powerplant could power the next-gen Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Historically, the 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS have been naturally aspirated. For today’s TOTD (thought/tack of the day), we want to know if you think Porsche should turbocharge the next 911 GT3 RS.
At present, the 991 series Porsche 911 GT3 is motivated by a 3.8 liter naturally aspirated 6-cylinder engine, which is good for pumping out 468 horsepower with 324 pound feet of torque, though some of those cars have experienced engine fires. The report suggested a turbocharged mill could alleviate the reliability issues associated with a high performance naturally aspirated engine.
While the 911 GT3 keeps its conventional engine configuration, the manual gearbox has been replaced by a PDK dual-clutch 7-speed transmission, showing Porsche will break from tradition if necessary. While it would be easier to extract more power from a turbocharged 911 GT3 RS that setup could make redundant the 911 GT2 and 911 GT2 RS – the automaker’s highest-performing turbocharged versions possibly squeezing them out of the lineup.
The current 911 Turbo S’ 3.8 liter twin turbocharged 6-cylinder engine churns out 560 horsepower with 516 pound feet of torque.
In other radical developments, the company is said to be considering the rear-steering system of GT3 for the Cayman. The sportscar might also get a new 4-cylinder engine boosted with electricity to make 400HP. Porsche’s next 911 GT3 RS, no matter what form it takes, is expected to debut by 2015 at the latest.
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