This really should not surprise anyone.
The Porsche 911 is undergoing some changes once again, a trend that’ll very much continue with the upcoming 992 generation. According to a report from , for example, the next-generation 911 GT3 will likely drop its naturally aspirated flat-six for a turbocharged version, supposedly with around 550 hp. The current 911 GT is powered by a 4.0-liter flat-six with 500 hp. This same rumor suggests that an eight-speed PDK will be the gearbox of choice with no mention of a six-speed manual option.
Because a turbocharged engine’s forced induction system adds weight, Porsche will need to utilize lightweight materials to offset some of the added poundage. An active aerodynamic system is also a possibility. News like this, of course, typically does not make 911 purists all too happy, especially since Porsche has . By 2023, if Porsche’s plan proceeds on schedule, a plug-in hybrid 911 will be ready to go. For the near future, however, the next-generation 992 911 is expected to debut later this year, most likely at Paris next September.
Next month at Geneva, the updated 911 GT3 RS, , will have its official premiere. Before the 991 911 is discontinued, we also expect Porsche to unveil the limited edition retro-style Speedster variant, a tradition that began at the end of the 997’s production life. It’s possible, though still unconfirmed, it too will debut at Geneva.