Can it be? According to the UK’s Car magazine, yes: nearly all of Porsche’s 911 range will go turbo in 2015.
Recent spy photos have confirmed that Porsche is well into development of an update to the new 991 range that debuted in 2011, but few will have expected changes this dramatic.
Still, if this latest report is to be believed, it appears the growing trend of turning to turbochargers for greater efficiency figures is now sweeping through Stuttgart.
For now, Porsche offers the 383kW 911 Turbo and 412kW 911 Turbo S models, which could be followed by a new GT2 in the near future.
But, Car reports, a refreshed ‘991.2’ range in 2015 will see turbochargers strapped even to the lower-rung Carrera and Carrera S models.
The report adds that the change will see the Carrera’s engine capacity drop from 3.4 to 2.9 litres, while the S will keep its 3.8 litre numbers.
Power in the downsized Carrera will be upsized to around 298kW and 541Nm, the report claims, making for a healthy increase over the current model’s 257kW and 390Nm.
Likewise, the Carrera S is expected to punch well past its current 294kW/440Nm figures, delivering a huge 395kW and 704Nm.
With improvements that monumental, owners of the current pair might soon be feeling a little queasy. Before vigorously eulogising the feel and sound of their N/A sixes, that is, and rightly so.
Of course, what all of this means for the wider range is unclear. Will the special ‘911 Turbo’ name become defunct? It will be just about redundant, if nothing else.
As for the 350kW GT3 hero and the next generation of the GT2 - which produced around 390kW in its last 997 form - Porsche’s plans there are also unclear.
If nothing else, we can expect the GT3 will remain a track-ready offering focused on no-nonsense lightweight performance.
A naturally-aspirated powerplant is also expected to remain the flavour of the day for this one, keeping it clear of the GT2’s playpen.
Yes, many questions remain unanswered, but the rumour mill will now be working overtime.
Watch this space.
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