Next Porsche 911 GT3 Could Spin to 9,500 RPM

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
next porsche 911 gt3 could spin to 9 500 rpm

If you want a good example of evolution, you don’t need to venture all the way to the Galapagos Islands. Simply look at the lineage of the Porsche 911 for confirmation of how a species evolves and adapts over time.

Not long ago, the mighty 911 Turbo was the only example of the breed with a snail attached to its rear-mounted engine. Now, with turbos pervading nearly the entire line, it seemed as if naturally aspirated 911s would disappear like the dodo bird. However, we’re now hearing rumours the GT3 may retain its non-turbo status … with a flat-six that screams its way to 9,500 rpm.

Speaking to Aussie mag Which Car, one Thomas Mader, Porsche’s lead man on GT road car engines (and I thought *my * job was cool), explained he does not think the current 4.0-liter six will disappear before suggesting an increase in piston stroke and a bump of 500 rpm on the redline.

Porsche’s engine man also said the company will “look at the things we have on track to put in the street car.” While we’re speculating, let’s also assume this statement alludes to the 4.0-liter racing engine that’s mounted amidships in the 911 RSR. That mill revs to 9,500 rpm and sounds damned good doing it. Naturally, a roadgoing engine is expected to last significantly longer than a race motor, so any adaptation of the RSR’s 4.0-liter would undoubtedly give a few concessions to durability.

Doing such modifications to the engine would also require an examination of the rest of the car. From the What Car story: “For [the new GT3 RS], [9,000 rpm] is matched perfect to the whole system. Now I have to speak to my colleagues and we will have a car, and we will have 9,500 revs, and matched to that all to the gearbox, then we will work on that technical side, which should be possible … but [although] we have that engine for the racetrack, the lifetime aspect for road car is different.”

The current GT3 spins up to a 9,000 rpm redline, making 520 pavement-pummeling horsepower. Porsche has been busy touting its lap time of 6:56.4 set at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in Germany. Those GT3 owners without carte blanche to the Green Hell can console themselves with 0-60 mph blasts in 3.2 seconds and a 312 km/h top speed (that metric measure sounds better than 195 mph).

As evolution has taught us, the hardiest of creatures adapt and change to their environments in order to survive. The naturally-aspirated 911 has been around since 1963. We doubt it is going away any time soon.

[Images: Porsche]

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  • Dal20402 Dal20402 on May 01, 2018

    A stroker flat six with that redline will result in greater than F1 piston speeds. I hope for the buyer's sake there's good metallurgy.

  • 05lgt 05lgt on May 02, 2018

    312 km/h top speed (that metric measure sounds better than 195 mph) I'd take the extra .6% and want mine to go 195MPH.

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  • FreedMike This article fails to mention that Toyota is also investing heavily in solid state battery tech - which would solve a lot of inherent EV problems - and plans to deploy it soon. https://insideevs.com/news/598046/toyota-global-leader-solid-state-batery-patents/Of course, Toyota being Toyota, it will use the tech in hybrids first, which is smart - that will give them the chance to iron out the wrinkles, so to speak. But having said that, I’m with Toyota here - I’m not sold on an all EV future happening anytime soon. But clearly the market share for these vehicles has nowhere to go but up; how far up depends mainly on charging availability. And whether Toyota’s competitors are all in is debatable. Plenty of bet-hedging is going on among makers in the North American market.
  • Jeff S I am not against EVs but I completely understand Toyota's position. As for Greenpeace putting Toyota at the bottom of their environmental list is more drama. A good hybrid uses less gas, is cleaner than most other ICE, and is more affordable than most EVs. Prius has proven longevity and low maintenance cost. Having had a hybrid Maverick since April and averaging 40 to 50 mpg in city driving it has been smooth driving and very economical. Ford also has very good hybrids and some of the earlier Escapes are still going strong at 300k miles. The only thing I would have liked in my hybrid Maverick would be a plug in but it didn't come with it. If Toyota made a plug in hybrid compact pickup like the Maverick it would sell well. I would consider an EV in the future but price, battery technology, and infrastructure has to advance and improve. I don't buy a vehicle based on the recommendation of Greenpeace, as a status symbol, or peer pressure. I buy a vehicle on what best needs my needs and that I actually like.
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  • Jeff S How reliable are Audi? Seems the Mazda, CRV, and Rav4 in the higher trim would not only be a better value but would be more reliable in the long term. Interior wise and the overall package the Mazda would be the best choice.
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