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Sports car boss Frank-Steffen Walliser has the "desire" for a non-GT 911, but "the research and development costs are too high"
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16 June 2020

Porsche won't follow the recent return of naturally aspirated engines to the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman with a turbo-free 911 Carrera, its sports car boss has revealed.

Speaking to Autocar before the unveiling of the new 911 Targa, Frank-Steffen Walliser admitted that it’s “not really feasible” to take Porsche’s new 4.0-litre engine (which is found in the Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder and detuned for use in the Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS) and spend money on rotating it 180deg for use in the rear of the 911.

When asked if there’s a desire for natural aspiration to return to the 911 in non-GT form, Walliser said: “You ask if there’s a desire. I will not deny that. But the reality tells me it will not happen. I would love to do something like that… [but] the research and development costs are too high to develop such an engine for the Carrera.”

Turbocharger-free power will reappear in the next 911 GT3, which is expected to be shown in the coming months.

GT division boss Andreas Preuninger told Autocar: “Our philosophy in GT cars is to stay naturally aspirated.”

Walliser also spoke of the much-discussed hybrid 911, which is due later in the 992 generation’s life. Porsche has a number of technical hurdles to clear before it can launch this model, with the “biggest burden” being managing the additional weight of electric powertrain components.

Space is another issue, said Walliser: “We have to package everything, because the car is relatively small. We don’t want to give up the 2+2 layout, the architecture or the shape of the car, because these are part of the 911 story.”

“Return on investment”, meaning the balance of the compromises versus the end result of greater power and efficiency, is a focus for Porsche with the hybrid 911.

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16 June 2020

Just soften, detune and strip out the GT3 and call it the 911 Urbo or 911 GT1 and give it 3 pedals.  Also, as it's Porsche, they should be reminded that decontenting means you lower the price, rather than raise it.

16 June 2020

leave the turbo on, but not call it a turbo, it works the other way round for the Taycan "Turbo" EV. 

16 June 2020

Really, who in their right mind buys a 911 with a plan to use the rear seats other than as a very comfortable shelf for the designer handbag or briefcase.

16 June 2020
Old But not yet Dead wrote:

Really, who in their right mind buys a 911 with a plan to use the rear seats other than as a very comfortable shelf for the designer handbag or briefcase.

Nobody, but it still works on occasion.

16 June 2020
NoPasaran wrote:

Old But not yet Dead wrote:

Really, who in their right mind buys a 911 with a plan to use the rear seats other than as a very comfortable shelf for the designer handbag or briefcase.

Nobody, but it still works on occasion.

And better than in a 8 series in fact!

16 June 2020
Old But not yet Dead wrote:

Really, who in their right mind buys a 911 with a plan to use the rear seats other than as a very comfortable shelf for the designer handbag or briefcase.

Just because they dont doesnt mean they cant, and if Porsche binned the rear seats out of every 911 the fanboys would have a field day.. 

16 June 2020
Old But not yet Dead wrote:

Really, who in their right mind buys a 911 with a plan to use the rear seats other than as a very comfortable shelf for the designer handbag or briefcase.

 

Loads of owners do.

16 June 2020

Thanks for sharing this amazing guide and I love this guide.

16 June 2020

"It'll cost too much".  Did he really just say that.  The man from Porsche.  Really?  We might as well give up now then hadn't we.  The reality is that doing anything vaguely interesting is going to cost.  Sometimes it works, sometimes not but if you're not even going to try because it'll upset the investors then where is this headed?  I suspect to homogenised same-mobiles with the maximum profit margin.

16 June 2020
spoolio wrote:

"It'll cost too much".  Did he really just say that.  The man from Porsche.  Really?  We might as well give up now then hadn't we.  The reality is that doing anything vaguely interesting is going to cost.  Sometimes it works, sometimes not but if you're not even going to try because it'll upset the investors then where is this headed?  I suspect to homogenised same-mobiles with the maximum profit margin.

Well to be brutally honest VAG are now feeling the fallout of the billions they have lost due to the emissions scandal, not only in fines, but in PR and projected sales as well, however sheeple will continue to buy their products because magazines like this continue to give them massive amouts of "glowing" reviews and advertising space.. 

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