Looks like the rivalry between Ferrari and Porsche is about to heat up.
Porsche is currently preparing the next-generation 911 to be unleashed in 2019, and perhaps unsurprisingly it looks a lot like the current model judging from recent spy photos and videos, albeit with some subtle changes. What matters, of course, is what’s under the hood. According to a report by Autocar, the 3.8-liter flat six engine in the new range-topping 911 Turbo S will be getting a significant power increase to 630 hp compared to the 580 hp you get in the current model.
It will also utilize hardware from the Nurburgring record-holding GT2 RS to increase the output, bringing it closer to the Ferrari 488 GTB. The standard Turbo model that sits below the S could also come packing 592 hp, which is 61 hp more than the current model. Both the Turbo and Turbo S will be capable of more than 200 mph. In theory, the new 911 has been built to accommodate a hybrid powertrain, but the all-wheel drive Turbo range will continue to only offer combustion engines to save weight and maximize performance. Should these specs be correct, the new Turbo S will be by far the quickest Turbo Porsche has ever made.
Expect the new Turbo S to beat the current model’s already impressive 2.9-second 0-62 mph time and the standard Turbo to dip below the three second mark for the first time. Set to debut in 2019, the new 911 will be built around an evolved MMB structure and feature a new chassis and improved suspension. While the length of the car will be unchanged, spy photos have shown that it will be wider, thus improving high speed stability and improving space for rear passengers. Its taillights are also inspired by the Mission E Concept. Incidentally, Ferrari is already working on a hardcore 488 GTO to fight the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Looks like the rivalry between Ferrari and Porsche is about to heat up.