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Tony O'Kane | May, 10 2015 | 4 Comments

Porsche's engineers have reportedly decided that it's time to give up the chase for more power and instead focus on reducing weight.

Speaking with UK magazine car, Porsche's GT division head Andreas Preuninger said that the next-generation 911 GT3 RS will be among the first models to adopt this new strategy of weight reduction.

"I think it’s not my engineering target to get 50bhp more every generation, I’d rather turn it around and make the car lighter again, a specific horsepower per kilo. I think that makes more sense," Preuninger said.

In Preuninger's eyes, the ideal horsepower output for a car like the GT3 RS is 500ps, or 373kW. As power increases above this level, more and more weight needs to be added in the form of bigger brakes, beefier suspension and a more rugged chassis.

However Porsche isn't the only major sportscar manufacturer planning to adopt weight-saving as a means of adding performance.

BMW shaved 80kg from the weight of the current M3 compared to its predecessor and BMW M product planning chief Carsten Pries says that future M cars will benefit from similar reductions, mostly through the use of lighter materials like aluminium and carbon-fibre.

Peuninger also hinted that the GT3 RS will stick with a naturally-aspirated powerplant for the forseeable future, rather than go down the turbocharged path that all future 911s are headed for.

He also indicated that Porsche may reverse its decision to only offer the GT3 RS with a PDK dual-clutch automatic, with future models to get a proper three-pedal manual.

"This endless discussion about PDK and manual, there’s no wrong, no right. Just differences in mission criteria, he said.

"In the future, we don’t want to discuss what is better, we just want to offer both, so everybody should make up his mind and choose.’

‘We put a manual in the Cayman GT4 for good reason, to show the people we listened. For people to blip the throttle, it’s satisfying. Why not give the people something to play with if they’re longing for that?’

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