CARandDRIVER reports with some sad news that the next generation Porsche 911 could say goodbye to its epic naturally-aspirated flat-six in favor of more frugal, yet more powerful turbocharged engines when it gets updated for its mid-cycle refresh later this year.
And that’s a big traditional stirrup in Porsche world because if one wanted to ever get a turbocharged Porsche, you’d just get the 911 Turbo, because the 911 was already just amazing with a base naturally-aspirated, high-revving flat-six. But of course, given the climate of the industry with trends like downsizing and turbocharging for fuel economy, this was almost inevitable.
In other Porsche news, some new details also surfaced regarding the new generation of 911, codenamed the 992. As usual, the new Porsche 911 will retain the traditional rear-engine layout with improved vehicle dynamics. Additionally, flat-four and plug-in hybrid variants are also anticipated to be in the mix.
Not much else is known about the 992, because it’s early in the R&D stages, and the current 991 should get a facelift sometime this year.