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The Porsche 911. People have a lot of thoughts about these cars. It’s been three years since Porsche dropped the 992 generation. However, Porsche is still working on a mid-cycle refresh for the 911. Rumor has it that this update will bring some changes that will blow the Porsche branded hats, jackets, and socks right off the Porsche 911 fanboys. 

A blue 2022 Porsche 911 GT3
2022 Porsche 911 GT3 | Porsche

Is the new Porsche 911 naturally aspirated? 

Gear Patrol reports that rumors are swirling that the next Porsche 911 will go back to having a fan-favorite feature, a naturally aspirated engine. It’s likely to be the same 4.0-liter flat-six powerplant Porsche uses in the Cayman GT4 and Cayman GTS 4.0. If this happens, there is a solid chance that this updated version will also be offered in another outdated yet fan-favorite feature, a manual transmission. 

So far, so good. This new, simpler enthusiast trim is sure to delight many Porsche fans. However, if you dig the whistling turbocharged Porsche powerplants, fear not; Porsche is likely to use a turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six for those looking for that kind of Porsche experience. 

Does Porsche make a naturally aspirated engine for the 2022 Porsche 911? 

Yes. In fact, on the top-tier trim level GT3, which starts at $161,000, you can get an optional naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six. The decision to offer the simpler and old-school feature on a lower trim enthusiast’s car makes a lot of sense for Porche. This is especially true when considering you can get a 4.0-liter flat-six in a Cayman GTS 4.0 starting at $87,400, which is $13,800 cheaper than a base 911. 

Aside from spreading the non-turbo love, Porsche is also teasing a new hopped-up hybrid powertrain for the 911. This is likely to do the opposite for the traditional fanboys. This would mark a serious shift for the 911. Not a bad shift, mind you. Just one the purists might not take to. 

What is new for the Porche 911 line? 

964-era Porsche Location Shoot
A 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 | Daniel Pullen/Future Publishing via Getty Images

Porsche is planning to roll out three new high-powered 911s soon. As we know, Porsche folk can be pretty fussy. Luckily for them, Porsche allows for the tantrums and even sometimes rewards them. 

These three new Porsche 911 models are meant to harken back to classic models from the past. 

The first of the three is the Porsche 911 Sport Classic. This model is reviving the name of a hot model from the late 90s of the same name. The Sport Classic will feature the 911 Turbo S engine and an optional manual gearbox. 

The second of these is the 911 ST, a wider and gnarlier GT3. The ST is modeled after a racing-specific one from the ’70s. It will get the naturally aspirated GT3 engine but with even more power. 

Lastly, Porsche is resurrecting the 911 RS to celebrate the model’s 50th anniversary. This 911 will get the 473 hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six from the Carrera GTS, a weight reduction package, and, of course, the iconic duckbill spoiler. 

Porsche has been busy

For once, it’s nice to see an old-guard brand listening to the complaints from their customer base and then making cars accordingly. Porsche can be a bit stodgy at times. However, Porsche is making a hard play for the cool table between the increased access to manual transmissions and naturally-aspirated engines to crazy hybrids and racing-inspired throwbacks. 


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