The Naturally Aspirated 911 Is Living On Borrowed Time

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It was only about 5 years ago when the only Porsche 911 to have a turbocharged engine was the 911 Turbo. Now, everything except the GT3 and GT3RS have twin turbocharged flat 6 engines, for better or for worse. The current 9A2 Evo engine powering the 992 911 is an engineering marvel to say the least. Just think about it. This engine extracts 450 hp out of just 3.0 liters reliably. That’s the same power that the legendary 997 GT3RS made with its 3.8 liter racing engine. But that’s the trend these days. Automakers are trying to get as much horsepower out of the least amount of displacement as emissions restrictions get stricter and stricter. Well, long story short, that’s about to change.

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In order to force automakers to switch to electric powertrains, the new EU7 regulations set to go into effect by 2026, are going to set a legal limit on horsepower according to displacement. For example, a 3.0 liter engine can only make 400 hp. The only way automakers can adapt to this is by increasing engine size, and doing that will cause their engines to produce more emissions (see where this is going?).

This is bad news for our beloved Porsche 911 which only has 6 cylinders to work with. By 2026 expect the Porsche 911 to have “20 percent more displacement on average for these EU7-capable engines.” Most companies will probably switch to cheaper, electric drivetrains, but what about Porsche?

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For now, we can say with confidence that a naturally aspirated base 911 is dead; there’s no way for them to make an adequate amount of power without turbos. As for the only naturally aspirated models like the GT3, they’ll be living on borrowed time, and will likely suffer the same fate as the Carrera models.

Personally, I’m not a fan of the turbo engines, but I can live with them. What worries me is the question of whether or not the 911 will be able to maintain its status as a lightweight sports car. Engines are heavy, and with these new regulations calling for bigger engines, I’m worried about whether or not Porsche will be able to keep the 911’s weight at a minimum. The 992 is the biggest and heaviest 911 yet and with these new regulations, I guess they’ll just keep getting bigger.

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So I guess in this case, bigger doesn’t mean better. But there is some good news for American Porsche fans. Porsche hasn’t ruled out making different engines for countries with looser emissions regulations (i.e. America) so we might get the smallest blow. The future for Europe however, remains uncertain. So if you’re reading this in Europe, enjoy it while you still can my friend.

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The 992 Targa: Drop Top Fun With The Beauty Of A Coupe

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The all new 992 Targa will be released on May 18th but due to some leaks, we’ve received information beforehand. The 992 Targa looked exactly like we expected it to, with a retractable roof and a curved glass rear window. Personally, I feel like the light bar really compliments the Targa and looks like an homage to the 993.

The Targa 4 comes with the usual 3.0 liter twin turbo Flat 6 hosting 380 horsepower and 332 lb/ft of torque, and the 4S hosts a nice 444 hp and 391 lb/ft of torque. It’ll be mated to an 8 speed PDK transmission. Fortunately, you can spec the 4S with a 7 speed manual. Our previous articles on the 992 linked here cover the rest of the usual quirks and features on the 992 generation. The Targa is equipped with adaptive cruise control and night vision, as most Porsches are these days. You can also option the Sport Chrono Package and the Sport suspension which lowers the car by 10mm.

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On May 18th, the 992 Targa was officially revealed to the public, and this thing is a looker. It’s fast too, really fast. 60 mph in the base model takes just 4 seconds flat with the Sport Chrono Package equipped; and it keeps pushing all the way to a top speed of 179 mph. The Targa 4S on the other hand goes even faster with a mere 3.4 seconds (the Porsche Carrera GT did it in 3.9) before topping out at a very impressive 188 mph. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love the targa. As a matter of fact, I truly believe that the Targa should completely replace the 911 Cabriolet, the design just works. But I will not deny that these good looks and open top experience come at a cost. That gorgeous glass roof adds weight, a lot of weight. The Targa 4S weighs 46 lbs more than the Carrera 4S Cabriolet and a whopping 200 lbs more than a Carrera 4S Coupe. Is it worth it? It’s all up to the buyer. Personally, I’d take a Targa 4S over a Carrera 4S Coupe but not a Carrera S Coupe-I’m a big fan of rear wheel drive.

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But if you would prefer the Targa, those good looks don’t come cheap. The base model starts at $119,300 while the Targa 4S comes in at $135, 200. If you want one, you better really want it.

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There’s a Reason We Haven’t Seen the Base 992 Turbo Yet…

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This week was quite a big week for Porsche. For those that didn’t read our previous article, let me catch you up. On Tuesday, Porsche finally revealed the 992 Turbo S in all its glory. 3.8 liters, two turbos, 640 hp, 0-60 in 2.6 seconds, it’s a lot to take in. The 992 Turbo S is looking to be a true force to be reckoned with. Now, what we didn’t see was the base model Turbo, and it seems that there’s more than meets the eye as to why. Let me explain.

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When we didn’t see the base Turbo at the reveal, I thought nothing of it. I just thought that Porsche was going to do what they did with the 992 Carrera and Carrera S by revealing the S first and then the base model a few months later. I mean, there’s no problem with that, but still, it’s just whatever. But, what I found out a few days later put a big smile on my face.

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As it turns out, Porsche is using all of the criticisms it got from the previous generation Turbo to make some huge changes between the 911 Turbo and Turbo S. As fast as it may be, the 992 Turbo S, and all recent Turbo S models as a matter of fact, have not been very light. Weight is the enemy of performance cars and the fact that the 992 Turbo S is almost 100 lbs heavier than its predecessor is not very impressive or desirable. And I think we can all agree that the 911 Turbo is not the drivers’ car that it once was. It’s become more of a super fast luxury car that helps hedge fund owners commute to Century City rather than a daily drivable supercar slayer that’s just as fun tearing up a racetrack as it is carving up scenic canyon roads. Well, according to Auto Express, that’s what the base 911 Turbo will be all about. Weight savings and a thrilling driving experience will be the differentiation between the two models (also, what if that mysterious ducktail 992 Turbo we saw a few months back was actually the base model?). This is amazing.

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Finally we’ll have an old school 911 Turbo, one that rips racetracks to shreds while also being the perfect date night cruiser. One that looks just as good as it drives, it’s about time. Dare I say it, but I think I have to here, what if, just what if they bring back the manual for the 911 Turbo. Law of Attraction, do your thing here because this is one thing I NEED in my life. I mean, if a car is being built with “an even more thrilling driving experience” in mind, why not add a clutch pedal to a 600 hp, all wheel drive, lightweight, Porsche supercar?

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But even if this doesn’t happen, I’ll still be happy because it has been confirmed that Porsche will be adding a “lightweight sports package” to the current 992 Turbo S. From the looks of it, it seems that the Turbo might finally be stepping out of the GT3’s shadow. It’s time to make the turbos great again, and I think Porsche has taken a proper first step.

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The 992 911 Turbo S: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

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After a year and a half of waiting, speculating, and deliberating, the 992 Turbo is finally here in all its glory.

We kind of already knew what the new Turbo was going to look like based on some leaked images, and I stand by what I said before. Everything looks great except the front is a bit too basic for me. It needs to stand out more. Other than that, everything is there. The massive side intakes and swooping lines are all very Turboish. Not to mention the car is now 1.8 inches wider at the front and 0.78 inches wider at the rear. The new fixed wing also adds about 15% more downforce than before which is a very nice touch.

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Interior wise, nothing has really changed over the 992 Carrera, just some little touches here and there along with a bit more leather. The new Turbo looks very comfortable if you ask me.

Now here’s where it gets good. With 640 horsepower and 590 lb/ft of torque, the 992 Turbo S is now the most powerful Turbo ever! This power jump of 60 hp is also the biggest we’ve ever seen from Porsche which is not a bad precedent. Power comes from a brand new 3.8 liter twin turbo flat 6 which has been based off of the new 3.0 992 Carrera motor. This then gets routed through a model specific 8 speed PDK gearbox (there’s no manual unfortunately). Honestly though, I think the lower 700s would have been more appropriate for the new Turbo S given its competition nowadays, but I guess they’re saving that for the GT2…we’ll see.

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But don’t get me wrong though, this thing is FAST, like almost hypercar fast. Porsche, who is regularly known for underestimating their figures, says that the new Turbo S coupe hits 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds which is 0.2 seconds faster than the 991.2 Turbo S which could regularly run 2.5 seconds to 60 in the real world; I wonder how fast the 992 really is. And the Turbo keeps pulling with 124 coming in just 8.9 seconds (a full second ahead of the 991.2 Turbo S) and the quarter mile in 10.5 (keep in mind these are likely underestimated figures). But don’t let the speed and agility fool you, this car is a real bruiser weighing in at a hefty 3,636 lbs, 108 lbs heavier than the 991.2 Turbo S. Top speed stays the same at 205 mph.

As if this car wasn’t fast enough, the Turbo S also comes with PASM that can lower the ride height an additional 0.36 inches along with a sports exhaust system so everyone can hear you running sub 3 second 0-60 times.

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All this speed and tech is cool, but it does come at a price. For now, we only have the 911 Turbo S and Turbo S Cabriolet (the base Turbo will be revealed later) and they are not cheap. The coupe starts at $203,500 while the cabriolet starts at $216,300; that’s without options keep in mind.

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Not Even Coronavirus Can Stop The 992 Turbo

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For those that didn’t know, shortly after another 992 Turbo leak surfaced last week, the Geneva Motorshow was cancelled due to the recent coronavirus outbreak. And Porsche, who was set to reveal the 992 Turbo at the show announced that the Turbo would still break cover, regardless of the situation. Porsche has stated that they will reveal the new 992 Turbo via livestream on Tuesday, March 3 at around 10 am CET hence why our article this week has been slightly delayed. Make sure to come back on Tuesday at 3 pm sharp for we will be uploading all the news about this hotly anticipated reveal!

 

The 992 Turbo Has Been Leaked!

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Porsche has been teasing us time and time again with the upcoming 992 models. First, the GT3s spotted at the Nurburgring, then the Turbos, then the GT3 Touring and that one weird 911 Turbo with a ducktail (still don’t know what that is). They finally gave us something with the 992 GT3 in their Superbowl commercial but then went back to radio silence after that. But now, NOW we finally have something.

Just weeks before its official reveal at the 2020 Geneva Motorshow, pictures of the new 992 911 Turbo S have been leaked, and it’s very interesting to say the least.

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Now don’t get me wrong. I think that in person especially, the 992 is a very beautiful 911. From some angles, I think it even looks better than my personal favorite, the 997.2. However, the biggest problem with the 992 design in my opinion was that it’s design was too fine tuned in a way for the Carrera models. It’s like the color black and yellow. Both can be amazing colors for cars, yet more cars can look good in black whereas only a few can look just as good in yellow. The 991 design (especially the 991.2) is a perfect, jet black metallic. It’s beautiful in all variations, has very clean lines, width, everything. The 992 on the other hand, seems more like a Dakar Yellow for all you BMW fans out there. It looks great as a Carrera, or Carrera S, but I’m not so sure about a Turbo or GT3.

I mean, judge for yourself, but I just don’t think the 992 Turbo is as jaw dropping as a 991 Turbo. The front is too pointy, and the squared edges don’t do service to the Turbo’s elegant curves and menacing stance. The side profile however, which I think is the 992 does best, is very pleasing; it’s very “Turbo” like along with the rear, which is much less bulbous that the 992 Carrera. The front just kills in in my opinion.

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The 992 design language does raise questions though about more extreme models, like the GT3 per say. The way the 992 is designed points more towards subtlety rather than the extravagance that we see with the GT models. Wings and aerokits just don’t seem to be the 992’s thing, I mean, just look at the 992 Carrera S with the aerokit…it’s hideous.

I hope Porsche takes this into account with the design of their GT cars because if not, we’re going to have some really fast, but really ugly cars. I guess it’s all about what’s on the inside now.

What do you think, are we being too harsh on the 992 Turbo? What do you think of the new 992 design? We’d love to hear what you think!

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Porsche Unveils the 992 GT3…Sort Of

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For the 3% of our audience that is outside the US, today is America’s famous Superbowl Sunday. Personally, I’m not much of a football fan, but I really do love to watch the Superbowl commercials; it’s become a family tradition of mine. Anyway, this year Porsche has their own bespoke ad, and there’s something rather special about it. The ad is centered around the Porsche Taycan but Porsche for a split second, gave us a sneak peak of the 992 GT3. I think it’s beautiful.

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The short glimpse we do get is of the side profile and it’s safe to say a lot has changed compared to the 991 GT3. The wing, for one thing, is much larger than the previous gen 991.2’s wing. It seems more like an RS spoiler than a base GT3. Now this has me wondering, what will they do with the GT3RS (we know this is a base GT3 since it doesn’t have the side intakes unique to the GT3RS)? Also, we FINALLY get some new wheels for the GT3 models!! Ever since 2014 Porsche has been using the same flower-pedal wheels for the GT3 and GT3RS models with zero updates and these new wheels really suit the car in my opinion.

From what we know, the new GT3 will NOT be turbocharged. Power will come from a modified version of the 4.0 liter naturally aspirated flat 6 found in the current 911 Speedster. We don’t know power or torque numbers but we’re expecting something around the ballpark of 550 hp, not bad at all for a GT3. And with that massive new wing, the 992 GT3 is going to be FAST. I wouldn’t be surprised if it sets a sub 7 minute Nurburgring lap.

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However, the ad does raise some questions, not about the new GT3, but about the 992 Turbo. Neither cars have been officially revealed yet, but Porsche’s usual precedent is to reveal the 911 Turbo before the GT3. If this was the case for the 992, shouldn’t they be leaking the 992 Turbo instead of the GT3? We’ve had a lot of rumors circulating around the 992 Turbo and NOTHING has even been teased by Porsche. There are rumors that it’ll have over 600 hp, that the Turbo S will be a hybrid, the list goes on and on. These are some pretty weird times for Porsche, and I wouldn’t be surprised if something big is on the horizon.

Let me know what you guys think about the situation with the upcoming 992 GT3 and Turbo, we’ll see what the future holds for us. I hope you all have a fantastic Superbowl Sunday with your family and friends.

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