NEW 911 GT3 TO ADOPT TURBO POWER FOR THE FIRST TIME
Now that the 991-generation 911 has been revealed, attention is turning to the hardcore GT3 variant, which we’ve seen testing on public roads with minimal disguise. The GT3 is expected to consign an illustrious line of race-bred naturally aspirated performance engines to the history books, with sources close to Porsche suggesting it will adopt a turbocharged powerplant.
Although not yet officially confirmed, it would bring the 2020 911 GT3 and its more focused GT3 RS sibling into line with the rest of the range. Both are expected to use a twin-turbo 3.8-litre flat six shared with the upcoming 911 Turbo. Power will be brought down from around 570bhp in the Turbo to somewhere in the region of 513bhp for the GT3.
That’s a 20bhp increase over today’s naturally aspirated 911 GT3, but the biggest boost will come in the car’s torque output. In the 911 Turbo, this engine is set to produce 524lb ft between 2200rpm and 4000rpm. That compares with 339lb ft between 6000rpm and 9000rpm for today’s GT3.
As before, expect weight-saving measures across the board, changes to the suspension over lesser 911s, and the choice of manual and dual-clutch automatic gearboxes. The GT3 is due to go on sale in 2020.