The release date of the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS was supposed to be for this summer, but that won’t be happening. According to reports, Porsche has had to delay the release of the car due to a fire problem with the engine. A fire problem with a 911 in the GT3 series isn’t exactly surprising, considering recent history. Porsche’s solution is a bit of a shock, however.
All Porsche 911 models with the exception of the 911 Turbo have natural aspiration, including the GT3 RS. But for this new one, Porsche might be replacing the original 3.8 liter in-line six with a turbocharged engine.
Whether the engine will be a modification of the original or an expanded version of the upcoming flat four turbocharged engines remains to be seen. What we do see is that Porsche has taken a big liking to turbocharged engines recently. The 2014 BMW M3 is the first M3 to get a turbo, and plenty of cars, like the 2014 Chevy Malibu, have a turbocharger for economic reasons. With turbochargers becoming more suitable for performance and practical everyday use, will natural aspiration become a thing of the past?