Is The Sanctity Of The Porsche 911 Turbo Now At Stake?


Let's hope Porsche has a plan here.

It’s been done. With the exception of the GT3 (for now) all new Porsche 911s come with a pair of turbos. From the base Carrera to the Carrera 4S, the naturally aspirated flat-six is officially a goner. But will the uniqueness and exclusivity of the 911 Turbo be compromised? Sure, it’ll always remain more powerful than the lower trims, but what will Porsche do to ensure the 911 Turbo will remain a 911 lineup standout? Is it to receive that new twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six or will it stick with the 3.8-liter engine?

Auto Express spoke with the VP of the 911 product line at Frankfurt last week where he confirmed that the updated 911 Turbo will not feature a development of that new engine. Its existing engine will stay put but with a number of upgrades. But this begs the question again: Has the 911 Turbo’s exclusivity been damaged? Unless someone must have one, what’s to stop others from opting for a Carrera 4S and its 420 hp? The current 911 Turbo S has a total of 552 hp, but Porsche is going to need to boost that even further in order to keep the car relevant.

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