According to the latest rumor off the mill, the incoming eighth generation of the German sports car, scheduled to arrive around 2019, will be powered exclusively by turbo six cylinder engines.
This means the automaker will kill off naturally aspirated high-revving engines, and there’s also rumor of a hybrid version being added to the roster. The next 911 iteration will no longer use naturally-aspirated engines, not even for the GT3, while the hybrid version is no surprise – considering the Panamera hybrid is already in its second generation. Apparently every model will get power enhancements – the GT3 will top the lineup with more than 500 hp and the rest will be treated to modical advances of 10- to 15 hp over the current Carrera and Carrera S models when they become official around 2019.
The 992 generation is said to use a new modular sportscar architecture, about the same length as the current model but with wider tracks and a subtle wheelbase increase after the current generation’s huge jump to deliver better rear space. Additionally, the modified platform will be used to underpin the next generation versions of the smaller Boxster and Cayman, while the 911 will come with superior aerodynamics thanks to active components – including a full-width rear wing and active front spoiler. It’s also getting even lighter than the refreshed 911, thanks to higher use of high-strength steel and aluminum – while carbon fiber will remain reserved for hardcore models such as the GT2 and GT3.