Porsche has announced that it will replace the engines in each of the 785 units of the 991-gen 911 GT3 sports cars affected by last month’s recall triggered by two fires. Company spokesman Nick Twork confirmed that Porsche intends to replace the engines because of faulty connecting rod fasteners.
“We are in the process of validating the revised part. We will be replacing the engines in each of the 911 GT3s that have been built thus far,” Twork was quoted as saying by AutoGuide. The spokesman gave no exact timeline, but said Porsche is trying to be transparent about the flaw and that the decision to replace the engines was made very recently.
Owners of 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 models have reported on enthusiast forum Rennlist that they had received notification from their dealers on March 17. Replacing the engines will take roughly a day for each car once dealers get the revised engines. “It will take us a little while to build the engines. I don’t know specific timeframe but we’ll do it as quickly as we possibly can,” Twork said.
As for possible compensations for affected owners, the official said individual talks will take place, as Porsche’s “first priority is to minimize the inconvenience to our customers.”
Priced from €137,303 in Germany and $130,400 in the United States, the 469hp Porsche 911 GT3 is the hardcore version of the current 991 series and is an iconic model for the brand and Porsche enthusiasts alike.
By Dan Mihalascu