Next-Gen 911 GT3 To Come With 550 HP Turbo Engine, PDK-Only Transmission

The era of Porsche’s naturally-aspirated GT-branded models is almost over, as reports state the next-gen 911 GT3 will be turbocharged.

Australian publication Motor states that the 992-generation GT3 will be powered by a turbocharged flat-six delivering roughly 550 hp, some 50 hp more than the current GT3.

What’s more, the next GT3 will only be sold with an eight-speed PDK transmission. This is despite the fact that Porsche revived the manual GT3 for the 991.2 GT3 after previously killing it off. Unless Weissach has a change of heart, the existing GT3 could very well be the last one offered with a stick-shift.

Due to the addition of a turbo engine and a PDK transmission, the GT3 will be faster than ever before. In fact, the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is estimated to take roughly 3 seconds, the 0-200 km/h (124 mph) 9 seconds and top speed is expected to exceed 330 km/h.

Further differentiating the 992-gen GT3 from the current model will be the increased use of lightweight materials aimed at offsetting the additional weight of the powertrain.

Current info suggests that the new GT3 will premiere towards the end of the year, with sales and deliveries commencing in early 2019. In the meantime, a 991.2-generation GT3 RS will be released as a swansong to the current range.

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  • Ruel Lewis

    This information cant be right. A new GT3 by the end of this year is way too early. The new 911 isnt even revealed and GT3 variants don’t come till at least 2 years after the base models are out.

    • Dr Strangefinger

      Something smell fishy!

    • 63A510

      I think it’s a typo… meant to say new “911” not GT3.

    • fgclolz

      Yeah, i thought pre-facelift and facelift versions are usually around for 3 years. Since the 991.2 GT3 just debuted last year, I wouldn’t expect a new GT3 until at least early 2020.

  • Charlie Medina’s Smiling Coach

    total horseshit

  • Elmediterraneo

    What makes the 991 GT3 special compared to the 991 Turbo S
    RWD, naturally aspirated, available in manual, lightweigh

    What makes the 992 GT3 special compared to the 992 Turbo S
    RWD, lightweigh

    • Bo Hanan

      They should keep 1 model non-turbo’d with a manual with each new generation. They would sell everyone of them.

  • BlackRock

    They’ll ruin the legend! It is one of their best cars because of its naturally aspirated engine. Nothing beat its sounds.
    Why car makers can’t withstand the temptation to ruin beautiful cars?!!

  • nastinupe

    Well if you guys haven’t noticed, Porsche hasn’t been able to get more than 500 hp out of their naturally aspirated engines for the past 7 years. the 911 GT3 RS 4.0, 991.1 911 GT3 RS and the 991.2 911 GT3 all have 500 hp. This may be the end of the line for that engine and stability. Remember all of the engine failures with the 991.1 GT3’s. They may not be able to get much more out of it, not without adding the weight of a larger engine.

    • SteersUright

      There’s no need to. The engine is perfect at 500 hp it delivers. The should’ve focused on new, cutting-edge materials and simply made it even lighter. Even just a 300-500lb weight reduction while retaining the exact same engine would’ve made the GT3 that much more of a weapon on the track (and street).

      • nastinupe

        Losing 300 – 500 additional pounds would probably cost about $250,000. Then you’re looking at a $400,000 Porsche. That’s not going to happen.

  • Donal Maher

    Time to forget the absolute power route and look at driver involvement/enjoyment. Look at the 911r and the praise it received. After the re-introduction of the manual in the 991.2 GT3, I suspect Porsche is already learning this, and as a result, I wouldn’t be so quick to quote the original article as factual just yet.

    Leave the engine as it is with 500bhp and spend the development money on making it lighter. You don’t need to keep adding power and associated weight. You just end up with straight line autobahn missles like the RS6 that cost about £20 in tyre wear and fuel each time you tackle a corner with some level of enthusiasm.

    • SteersUright

      In TOTAL agreement with you.

    • nastinupe

      In theory it makes sense, but from a cost level it’s just not possible. There’s a reason why cars like the LFA cost $375,000.

  • lagunas3ca

    So it’s basically a GT2 then?

    • nastinupe

      Well… a GT2 L… the “L” stands for “lite”.

  • Shahul Usman

    NOOOO!!!!! maybe they will sell a special 911 GT3 classic with the NA engine and a manual for $500k lol… here’s hoping the cayman GT4 and boxster spyder get the NA manual at least before that engine ends its life.. get an AMG GtR at that point (v8 turbo at least).. Porsche and Audi and BMW have the worst turbo sounding engines ever

    • nastinupe

      They will, and it’s the same engine as the GT3, just detuned.

  • SteersUright

    Don’t care for the turbo, at least on the GT3 which was mostly glorious only because of its high rpm n.a. engine. Hopefully the manage to retain the 9k rpm capability somehow, even with the turbo.

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