Right now when you refer to a Porsche 911 Turbo you’re talking about only one of four models, which really aren’t that many considering how many 911 variants are available. In the near future, talking about a 911 with a turbo could mean you’re referring to one of many different models.
Pretty much the entire automotive industry is turning to turbochargers these days, even brands like Honda. With new turbo technology that has been made possible through advanced computer engineering, forced induction has become more efficient and reliable. Government fuel economy standards around the world are making such developments a necessity.
Rumors have been floating around for some time that Porsche would be making this move, but it was recently officially confirmed through Top Gear. The chief engineer for the German automaker, Mr. Wolfgang Hatz, said that the move to forced induction is fueled by the company’s desire to cut emissions. He revealed that turbos are one of the few practical ways to do that right now. Oh, and he also said that the Cayman and Boxster will both be receiving four-banger turbo engines, which Hatz strongly hinted at will be flat fours. The 911s, on the other hand, will continue on with flat sixes.
This certainly isn’t the first time that the 911 has gone through a controversial transition. There are still enthusiasts who insist the air-cooled models are far superior to any that use liquid to cool the mechanicals.
The first of the turbo engines will come rolling out next year, meaning the change is happening quickly. The GT3 models will keep their naturally-aspirated setup, of course, with the new GT3 RS debuting an incredibly powerful engine that hasn’t been elaborated on just yet.
The other big bombshell from the interview was that Hatz said by the end of this decade, electrification will become the “next huge step” for the 911. Really, nothing will ever be the same again. Some call it progress, others call it ruining a legend, but whatever you call it won’t stop the changes from happening.