Porsche 911 Fanboys, Come Down From The Ledge: The Flat-Six Is Here To Stay

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As are the turbos. Sorry, you can't have it all.

Porsche 911 enthusiasts take their passion seriously, to say the least. They cling to a simpler time when engines were air-cooled and turbocharging wasn’t as prevalent. Unfortunately for these fanboys and girls, time marches on. Yes, the new 911s with turbos may be a sin but the good news is that there’s no plan to downsize their engines. That news comes courtesy of Erhard Mossler, the engineering head responsible for the 911 Turbo, Carrera 4 and Targa.

Mossler relayed the news to Car and Driver at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. “As far as I can see we will stay with a six-cylinder engine in the 911,” Mossler said, “we have good positioning with the 911 having six cylinders and the 718 [the revised Boxster and Cayman] having turbo four cylinders.” That should come as a relief to those who feared the 911 might drop down in the power department to meet emissions requirements. Speaking of which, Mossler copped to the fact that the newly turbocharged 911s were brought about by a need to reduce emissions. In news that should surprise no one, the addition of turbos was “not a customer-driven decision, but one that was driven by the CO2 regulations we had to meet.”

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That makes perfect sense to us, and most importantly it should serve as a sort of canary in the coal mine for diehards unprepared for future changes to the 911. While the sports car won’t get a smaller engine it will need to conform to meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations as time goes by. Basically, expect more changes as the times require.

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