Debut of Revamped 911 Trim Before Year’s End
Porsche’s highly sought-after 911 lineup is on the brink of getting its mid-cycle refreshing. Our spies have spotted a lot of variations being tested recently, invariably with comprehensive visibility. Every version is being modified, including the GT3 and Cabriolet, as recent videos demonstrate, which were taken at the famous Nürburgring circuit.
Up until present, the test cars we’ve noticed seem to stay stable with the same front-end fashioning. But if we look behind them, much subtler adjustments to the car’s style have been made, no matter if its the GT3, Turbo or a regular Cabriolet. Unfortunately neither video could provide us a glimpse at the modified interior of the 911, still, earlier spy shots had given us some information on there being some small tweaks to the cabin, such as featuring a digital instrument cluster.
Porsche takes advantage of its 4.0-liter flat-six engine in the contemporary GT3. Delivering 502 hp and 346 lb-ft, clients can opt to pair this with either the six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox. The motor yields 518 horsepower in the new 911 GT3 RS. It is pure hypothesis if Porsche selects to up the potency in the revamped GT3, but still remains a possibility.
No further details of the powertrain are being made available by Porsche until an official announcement is forthcoming. However, there could be much more transformational changes coming to the existing engine options that have yet to become public knowledge. Oliver Blume, Chief Executive Officer of Porsche, validated earlier in the year that the corporation is looking to produce a high-performance hybrid vehicle. Though details are slim, it has been argued, the machine will be optimized with the utmost performance while propelling additional fuel economy. Besides, it is widely expected that the new model will reject being powered by plug-in technology.
A report from earlier this month suggested that Porsche could be looking to employ a hybrid powertrain in a new 911 GT2 RS. The automaker is said to be planning to combine its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six engine with a mild-hybrid setup, resulting in the most powerful variant of the 911 yet. It is thought that the vehicle will produce over 700 hp and an “increase” in torque that could exceed the 800-Newton-meters (590 pound-feet) currently available in the Turbo S.
No official release date for the redesigned Porsche 911 has been confirmed yet, however it is expected that a couple of incarnations; Sports coupé and Cabriolet, will be presented by year’s end. Following this, more potent renditions like the GT3 and Turbo should then follow suit as the brand usually follows an incremental launch timeline.
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