Refreshed Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S Going Turbo
Depending on how you feel about the Porsche 911, this next piece of news could be the best thing you have ever heard, or the absolute worse. According to CAR magazine, the refreshed Porsche 911 coming next year will add forced induction to basically every single variant in the lineup. That means no more raspy, naturally aspirated flat-six engines in the Carrera or Carrera S models.
With this addition of forced induction also comes news of smaller engines. CAR claims the base 911’s 3.4-liter flat-six will drop in displacement to 2.9-liters, but the turbochargers will see horsepower boosted to 400 ponies with a matching 400 pound-feet of torque. Considering the base Carrera only has 350 horsepower right now; that is a huge jump. Even more impressive is the news that apparently the Carrera S will keep its 3.8-liter engine, but the turbos will see power increase to 530 horsepower and 520 pounds of twist. That makes it even more powerful than the current 911 Turbo.
There is no word on what will become of the current Turbo and Turbo S models, but this rumor lends more credence to seeing a high-end hybrid system hit those models to increase power and performance above the 600-horsepower mark.
If you are more like me, and you hate the idea of every Porsche 911 coming with turbo power, there seems to be one last chance for you. CAR says the GT3 will still remain a naturally aspirated car, and it will focus even more on decreasing weight to increase performance.
The big question for most people about this news is “why,” and the answer to that is simple: emissions and fuel-economy regulations. Smaller engines use less fuel, and less fuel means less harmful emissions. The turbochargers are there to keep power levels where Porsche buyers expect them. We won’t have a cheap naturally aspirated 911 anymore, but at least we still have our manual transmissions.
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Why it matters
Like every manufacturer on the planet, Porsche is constantly being forced to chase ever-tightening regulations regarding fuel economy and emissions. Ferrari is officially killing off its naturally aspirated V-8, and now Porsche is following suit by moving almost exclusively to forced induction.
There is still hope that at some point in the future when Porsche moves its hybrid technology farther down the lineup that we could see naturally aspirated engines return, but for now we are stuck with turbos. At least Porsche is being kind enough to dramatically increase the power and performance of every model. That kind of makes up for it. We also will still get a manual transmission option, so not all hope is lost.
The 911 is the most famous car to ever wear the Porsche Crest, and it is one of the greatest sports cars ever made. With a history nearly 60 years in the making, the 911 is the benchmark by which all other sports cars are measured.
In 2012, Porsche introduced the 991 generation car that is larger in nearly every dimension for improved comfort and handling dynamics.