Porsche’s staple 911 models will soon be turbocharged, according to the carmaker’s product boss Wolfgang Hatz.
Several reports out of Europe quote the product boss as confirming the change, driven by a need to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Stricter emission laws are within sight in key markets, leaving Porsche with no choice but to break with a tradition spanning more than 50 years.
This leaves Porsche in a somewhat awkward position with some of its other traditions - specifically model names - as both the ‘normal’ 911 and the 911 Turbo could soon be turbocharged.
Porsche’s Cayman and Boxster models are also likely to get the turbo treatment, joining the 911 in being powered by a new generation of flat-six engine.
Hatz has quashed rumours of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine in future 911s however, simply saying “a 911 has a flat-six engine” when speaking with the UK’s Autocar.
The four-cylinder engine is expected to power both Cayman and Boxster models as early as next year, with Hatz promising “proper Porsche performance” from the new powerplant.
The exception to an all-turbo 911 range, at least for now, is the new GT3 RS.
Scheduled for a debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the 911 GT3 RS will continue with a naturally-aspirated six-cylinder engine expected to produce around 500BHP (373kW).
Porsche has remained tight-lipped on engine outputs and performance indicators for the GT3 RS, but Hatz did mention the new model will be “far more extreme” than its predecessor.
A dramatic rethink on the GT3 RS’ aerodynamics package has been rumoured, and Porsche’s computer simulation for the new model has it lapping the Nurburgring in under 7m20s.
Hatz also confirmed the model dubbed ‘Cayman GT4’ is scheduled to be unveiled around the middle of this year - perhaps at the Frankfurt Motor Show.