According to a report from Motor Trend, the 991-generation of Porsche’s 911 could receive an all-turbo engine lineup. The speculation was spurred on by a set of spy photographs that show two 911s with a new venting setup on the rear bumper, which MT says is indicative of a boosted powerplant.
MT says that the switch to turbo-charged engines is primarily to help increase fuel economy across the 911 range. Although the current Carrera already gets 20 MPG city and 28 MPG highway when equipped with the seven-speed PDK transmission, Porsche is hoping to see an even greater increase in fuel efficiency with the turbocharged engines. To note, the smaller Boxster and Cayman currently use a 2.7-liter flat six engine which could serve as the basis for the new line of Porsche’s turbocharged engines.
Porsche is also said to be considering developing a turbo-charged flat four-cylinder engine to serve as the entry level powerplant for the Cayman and Boxster. The GTS variants of both models were recently seen undergoing testing.
The Motrolix Take
The writing is pretty much on the wall when it comes to the “base” 911 getting a smaller-displacement six-banger to either replace or be sold alongside the current naturally-aspirated 3.4-liter . When that happens, we wonder how Porsche will differentiate the up-level “Turbo” 911 from the new “base” turbo model when it comes to naming/nomenclature. After all, both models will utilize turbo-charged six-cylinder engines, with the base using the rumored smaller-displacement 2.7, while the “real” turbo continuing with the 3.8-liter unit.