Porsche confirms new GT2 RS; no turbos for future GT3

March 31, 2015
A Porsche executive has confirmed plans to build a new GT2 RS and dismissed the possibility of moving to turbocharged engines for all 911s.
The company’s 911 product manager a year ago hinted that the future of the GT2 was in question. Speculation cited internal politics and improved performance of the latest 911 Turbo S and GT3 RS as potential roadblocks.

Porsche Motorsport head Andreas Preuninger now claims the company has warmed to the idea. Speaking to Autocar, he confirmed that a GT2 RS is now under development.

The upcoming GT2 RS will not be based on the current 991 model, instead arriving later in the lifecycle of the next generation. The redesigned 911 is rumored to arrive within the next year, suggesting the GT2 RS could make its debut around 2018.

The previous 911 GT2 RS was capped to just 500 units, each powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter flat six capable of producing 620 horsepower. With a curb weight barely over 3,000 pounds, the car was capable of hitting 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and eventually reaching 205 mph.

Aside from the GT2 details, Preuninger also reaffirmed Porsche’s commitment to natural aspiration for future GT3 models. He is also pushing for an optional manual transmission on GT3 models, but the move has not yet been officially approved by the management board.

The revamped 911 is expected to be revealed at the Frankfurt auto show in September.

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