The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS won’t be getting hybrid powertrain options anytime soon.
Ever since its introduction in 1999, the 911 GT3 has always been one thing: the best racing-spec version of the 911 possible. It also has only ever been powered by one thing: a flat-six, naturally aspirated engine.
But the times, they are a changin’, as the song says. In an era where supercars are all getting twin turbochargers or electrified drivetrains, the noble GT3 stands out as being one of the few stalwarts to retain a naturally aspirated power source that has no additional bells or whistles.
And speaking to Autoblog, Porsche’s head of GT Division Andreas Preuninger said that is not likely to change anytime soon.
Preuninger revealed that the average GT3 buyer has historically been in their mid-50s and grew up in a time where hybrid engines didn’t exist and turbochargers were something found on American muscle cars. Their primary customer wants a flat-six, naturally aspirated engine, and thus Porsche provides them with exactly what they want.
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Preuninger didn’t completely rule out some form of hybridization or at least an itty-bitty turbo for future models of the GT3--especially as European emissions laws become ever more restrictive on what an engine can throw into the atmosphere. But until Porsche’s customers change, what the GT3 is, and has historically been, won’t be changing.
Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last month, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a car ready for the racetrack. Equipped with the GT3’s iconic flat-six, but now with 520 hp, it’s the most powerful GT3 ever built.
It also recently received a carbon fiber makeover. The Weissach package was revealed at the New York Auto Show, which shaves over 40 lbs from the original car’s total weight through the extensive use of carbon fiber on the body and swapping the original aluminum wheels for forged magnesium.
The carbon fiber bodywork and new wheels combined add an additional $31,000 to a car that starts at $188,550. But for the best 911 GT3 that money can buy, Porsche’s clientele will spare no expense.