Next generation of 911 GT cars will be naturally aspirated, unlike the future turbo-only regular line-up
Andrew Frankel Autocar
31 March 2015

The second generation of 991-based Porsche 911 GT cars will continue to use normally aspirated engines, according to Andreas Preuninger, manager of Porsche High Performance Cars.

The issue was not a given because all standard versions of the new model, due to be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September, will use turbocharged engines.

“GT3s are normally aspirated - period,” said Preuninger. When asked how he’d managed to except his cars from the new general rule of turbo 911s, he said: “When everyone goes in one direction, I like to go in the other direction.”

At present, Preuninger’s GT3s are still the only Porsches where you push the selector to change down a gear.

Preuninger would not be drawn on the details of the new engine, although the 4.0-litre motor unveiled at the Geneva show this month to power the current GT3 RS would clearly provide a solid foundation for a new engine for the Gen 2 GT3.

Preuninger also suggested that Porsche may soon be rethinking its strategy of offering only dual-clutch automatic gearboxes on GT3 models. “We have been talking about it [reintroducing a manual ’box] and I hope I have the ear of the board,” he said.

Preuninger confirmed that a new GT2 RS would be built but said it would not be for the existing series of the 911. Instead, it will come at the end of the life of the Gen 2 car, probably in 2018.

The previous 997-based GT2 RS offered 611bhp in a package weighing just 1370kg and is widely regarded as the most extreme 911 ever to goon general sale.

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31 March 2015
It will be interesting to see how the marketers ensure the non-turbo GT models are faster than the turbo base models.

31 March 2015
The title of this article is confusing and should be changed. When you say 911 'GT' cars, everyone is going to think the 911 Turbo and Turbo S (and the first comment post confirms that). You aren't saying that the 911 Turbo will no longer have a turbocharged engine, you are just saying that the Carrera models will not be switching to turbocharged engines, as was previously speculated. Is that correct Autocar, or am I reading this wrong? I have to say this entire article is confusing, it should be clarified.

31 March 2015
I get it now, but it still doesn't make sense. How is the GT2 not going to be turbocharged and still be faster than the Turbo models? All this article is saying is that the GT3 will continue to be naturally aspirated.

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