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TOTD: Should Porsche Turbocharge the 911 GT3 RS?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/30/2014 Jason Udy

A recent report suggests that a turbocharged engine could power the next Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Historically, the 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS have been naturally aspirated. For today's TOTD, we want to know if you think Porsche should turbocharge the next 911 GT3 RS.

2014 Porsche 911 GT3© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Porsche 911 GT3

Currently, the 991 series Porsche 911 GT3 is powered by a naturally aspirated 3.8-liter flat-six making 468 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque, though some of those cars have experienced engine fires. The report suggested a turbocharged mill could alleviate the reliability issues associated with a high-performance naturally aspirated engine. While the 911 GT3 keeps its traditional engine configuration, the manual transmission has been replaced by a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, showing Porsche will break from tradition if necessary.

While it would be easier to extract more power from a turbocharged 911 GT3 RS, that setup could make redundant the 911 GT2 and 911 GT2 RS -- Porsche’s highest-performing turbocharged variants -- possibly squeezing them out of the lineup. The current 911 Turbo S ’ twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six produces 560 hp and 516 lb-ft.

Should Porsche Turbocharge the 911 GT3 RS? Share your thoughts on today’s Thread of the Day in the comments below.

Images of the current 991 series Porsche 911 GT3 are shown.


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