Some automakers make one hardcore version of a sports car and are done with it. Or at least they make one at a time. Think Ferrari 458 Speciale, Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera (or Super Trofeo Stradale or Squadra Corse) or Maserati GranTurismo MC. But not Porsche. It transforms the 911 into the hard-core GT3, the even harder-core GT3 RS, the you've-got-to-be-psychotic GT2 and the do-you-have-a-death-wish GT2 RS. The RS models take things to a further extreme, but what separates GT3 from GT2 models has traditionally been the use of foced induction: GT3s are naturally aspirated, while GT2s go turbo. But that could all be about to change.

According to the rumors making their round of the webosphere, Porsche is considering using a turbocharged engine for the next GT3 RS. The reason is that, as we all know, Porsche has already pushed the 3.8-liter flat-six in the existing GT3 about as far as it can go, and then some. And buyers expect not only a more bare-bones package with the GT3 RS, but also a bit of extra power.

Given that everything seems to be going turbo these days, the move might make some measure of sense, especially if Porsche wants to avoid with the GT3 RS the spontaneous combustion issues it faced with the GT3. But we can't help but wonder why, at that point, it wouldn't just skip the GT3 RS and go straight for the GT2.



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      Jay
      • 6 Months Ago
      Way to publish a completely unsubstantiated rumor from the internet. Porsche has never even mentioned considering a turbo for the GT3. Not to mention it would make no sense to have the NA GT3 that was just released and then make the RS turbo. Does AB even understand the purpose of the RS??
      turbo_awd
      • 6 Months Ago
      Why not just really mess people up and supercharge it? :-)
      Ian MacDonald
      • 6 Months Ago
      The GT3s have been more focused on handling rather than power. Leave the power battles to the GT2 and GT2RS. A manual transmission would be a better option to consider for a GT3RS; I get the advantages of the paddles, but some weekend warriors (GT3RS buyers) aren't as worried about how quickly the car can shift, and would prefer the connection you get from shifting.
      Miami996
      • 6 Months Ago
      What is Porsche thinking? GT3 = N/A, period! First they remove the manual transmission and now this. WTF?
        Sean
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Miami996
        Looking on the bright side, at least the PDK is as close to perfect as an automated transmission can be.
      Avinash Machado
      • 6 Months Ago
      No.
      Kris
      • 6 Months Ago
      I am not Porsche insider, but I am Porsche fan and I think I am pretty familiar with the brand. AB can speculate about it until the end of days, but this is what I think is going to happen and I am willing bet I am right. The car on the pictures is 100% the next GT3 RS. The car on the pictures is NOT turbocharged. Don't be fooled by the "Turbo" air intakes. They are just part of getting it to the next level and closer to the racing 991 RSR. I don't know if it will have manual transmission or DSG only but I sure hope it will. I don't know if it is going to be hybrid, but I highly doubt it will. Nice one AB. You sure got the clicks out of it well.
      Christopher Anderson
      • 6 Months Ago
      There's no reason that Porsche would make a RWD turbocharged 911 and call it GT3 when they already have a different name for that description: GT2. If they were to make a GT3 Turbo, what would differentiate the GT2? Would a GT3 RS have more power than the Turbo or GT2? The only way I see this happening is if there is no GT2, but I still don't see a reason to not use that name. Track guys like NA GT3s for the simplicity and cooler-running engine.
      cbamft
      • 6 Months Ago
      Can you please add a voting button for: I don't give a sh*t, I can't afford any of them, they all look the same, and I'd be happy with a '98 Carrera.
      cruiserofland
      • 6 Months Ago
      Because RWD. That's the important difference between them.
      JJ
      • 6 Months Ago
      Have they ever considered supercharging? It will defenetly sound better that a turbo.
      Sean
      • 6 Months Ago
      Leave the F/I role to the GT2. I'm kind of a traditionalist hater in a hipster way, but come on. The GT3 needs to maintain its frenetic, high-revving atmos demeanor.
      ffelix422
      • 6 Months Ago
      Maybe Porsche feels it can get enough power out of the GT3, (in N/A trim) to compete. The competition is running V8's. TURBO V8's!
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