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The RS will be getting an all-new flat-six engine with natural aspiration. This engine will then become the basis for a range of turbocharged engines that will roll out through the rest of the 911 line-up later this year.
Hatz promises that the new RS will be a bigger step over the base GT3 than the last one was “The RS has to be more to the peak,” he said, “the 991 GT3 was very much a surprise for everybody because it’s really usable for every day; the GT3 RS will be more extreme.”
More significantly is Hatz’s surprise admission that consideration is being given to offering the RS with a manual gearbox as an option, although he confirmed that it will launch with a PDK.
Hatz also seemed to confirm previous reports that the rest of the 911 range will be switching to all-turbocharged engines when the car gets its mid-cycle facelift for 2016. “We have to respect the legal requirements,” he said, referring to CO2 and fuel economy numbers. “But don’t worry, if we have a turbocharged engine it will rev, it will deliver.”
Beyond this generation of 911–that is, looking to the model we’ll be expecting to see in 2019 or 2020–Hatz said that we’re almost certainly looking at some form of hybrid powertrain to meet emissions targets. But although the Boxster and Cayman will soon receive turbocharged flat-four engines, at least in the lower reaches of the range, he also went on record to say that the 911 will always stick with a six. “We don’t have a problem with a four-cylinder sportscar,” he said, “but never on the 911. The 911 has to remain flat-six.”
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