Big News! New Porsche 911 to ditch naturally aspirated engine

Porsche is working on the next-generation 911 sports coupe, codenamed 992, which is likely to debut globally in 2019. The new Porsche 911 will not be offered with a naturally-aspirated engine and is expected to be powered by a range of turbocharged engine along with a hybrid powertrain.

By: | Published: February 8, 2017 12:05 PM
The current Porsche 911 for representation purpose The current Porsche 911 for representation purpose

Porsche is working on the next-generation 911 sports coupe, codenamed 992, which is likely to debut globally in 2019. The biggest change in the new Porsche is going to be that for the first time in the 911 history, there won't be any model with a naturally-aspirated engine. Instead, the upcoming Porsche 911 is expected to be powered by a range of turbocharged engine along with a hybrid powertrain. The new model is expected to first debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show and is expected to be priced higher that the current model.

Apart from engine options, the car manufacturer will also upgrade the model by equipping lightweight material like high-strength steel and aluminium to improve the aerodynamics and new features. The lighter and more expensive carbon-fibre material might be reserved for the top-spec models such as GT2 and GT3 only.

This news came in when the eight-generation Porsche 911 was spied testing in the Arctic Circle. The Porsche 911 will be offered with the GT3 along with the standard variants and is expected that the turbocharged engine will see an increase in power between 10 hp and 15 hp. As far as the hybrid model is concerned, the company might add the 911 hybrid in 2020 to its lineup, which could get a flat-six cylinder engine coupled with an electric motor. The power from the engine will be sent to its rear axles or the all-wheel-drive system. The car might also feature some technologies aimed at better efficiency.

Also read: Porsche 911 RSR revealed at Los Angeles Motor Show

The 911 is expected to be based on a new modular sports car architecture and will get an increase in width and wheelbase, although the length will remain same. The company, however, is yet to confirm any details about this model officially. In order to improve its aerodynamics, the iconic car manufacturer has also revised the rear-end of the car with a wider rear wing and it will also get a front spoiler. Inside the cabin, the upcoming Porsche 911 is expected to receive a new interior, similar to the one equipped on the new Panamera that will be launched in India in March, 2017.

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