Throttle-mashers, rejoice; the Porsche 911 GT3 RS will not be receiving a turbocharged powerplant as previously rumored!
That’s according to Auto Express, who spoke with Porsche Executive of Research and Development Wolfgang Hatz at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Mr. Hatz reassured the website that forced-induction would be reserved for lesser models within the Type 991 range, only appearing after the current 911 generation receives an update later on this year.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS, however, is not one of those “lesser models.” It gets an all-new, normally aspirated flat-6.
The safe money would bet on a displacement of 4.0 liters or so as-in the previous Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Assuming the same 125 HP-per-liter as we get from the regular 911 GT3 (pictured), the new motor ought to be good for about 500 HP – if our projected displacement-increase holds true.
Meanwhile, a tried and true manual transmission will not be offered on the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS – or not at launch, anyway. Mr. Hatz stated that only a dual-clutch automatic (seven-speed) will be available at the start. He conceded that a stick might come along later, if demand proves sufficient.