Porsche’s 911 GT3 Could Be the Last Sports Car Splash
Porsche’s 992-generation 911 GT3 is here, and there is a lot to be excited about. This naturally aspirated, flat-six-powered Porsche is as pure a driver’s car as you’re going to find—but it it does make one ask if this could be among the last of a dying breed.
Cadillac unveiled its striking Blackwing-series of V-series cars earlier this month, to the fanfare of anyone who likes high-horsepower, ICE-only sports machines. The automaker did so with a caveat: This is the end for gas-only V-Series cars. Mercedes-AMG is heading down a similar path with its high-performance C63 models. That path? Toward electrification.
The 992-generation Porsche 911 GT3 is carried over by its potent 4.0-liter flat-six, an engine notable for bucking the trend of forced induction—a trend that has seen most of Porsche’s entire lineup go turbo, including all base model 911s.
Porsche commented on the all-electric variant of the 911. Talking with Autocar, Porsche’s Frank-Steffen Walliser, the head of Porsche’s sports car division, said, “The 911 will be the last Porsche to become electric.” He later told Autocar that making a hybrid version poses challenges for the 911 with its current layout. Considering the effort Porsche’s parent company Volkswagen is making with electrification, however, those problems might be sorted sooner than later.
Taking an even wilder approach, Porsche has considered producing synthetic fuels. While this is certainly a pathway to sustain current models, future products could still be hamstrung by ever-tightening emissions restrictions.
“We do expect Porsche will increase electrification in the 911 lineup from 2024 forward, including a full hybrid as well as mild hybrids to include high-horsepower variants,” said Stephanie Brinley, an automotive market analyst for HIS Markit. “Going further, Porsche has demonstrated quite soundly how electrification can be applied to create an exciting and powerful performance vehicle.”
Though Brinley acknowledged that some Porsche fans might not be happy about a transition into electrification, she also said, “If there is a company capable of changing the definition of cutting-edge sports car performance to include electrification, it’s Porsche. The shift to electrification will be about emissions regulations, but Porsche can be expected to deploy the technology to enhance the performance of its best sports cars.”
We reached out to Porsche but the spokesperson declined to comment on future products.
It’s hard to look at the only-just-revealed 911 GT3 and think about the next generation, which, if you follow Porsche’s cadence, will be in about 7 years. It would be a welcomed surprise if Porsche was able to maintain its naturally aspirated aspirations for the GT3 by the end of the decade.
Regardless, the larger point is, if the GT3 continues and if it is electrified, we’ve no doubt it will be a spectacular machine—and a better one, to drive and to the world. The constant advancement of performance cars has shown that the current Porsche 911 GT3’s replacement will be measurably a better-performing car.
And you’ll still be able to find examples like the 2022 model to hold onto forever.
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