Porsche to Concentrate On Weight, Not Horsepower
Porsche have revealed that they would not commit to the horsepower race but would rather concentrate on reducing the weight of their cars. Their future cars will be around 500 BHP because 700 BHP to 800 BHP would need require bigger brakes and sturdier suspension which would result in a much heavier car. Hence, future GT and RS models will have lesser weights without a significant bump in power. Porsche’s future models would have a better horsepower per kilo rating.
But this does not mean that the future cars will have lesser power than the current models. Porsche have confirmed that they will not look back. So the cars will have the same or slightly more power. Porsche want to make a better track car, not a dragster. The company also confirmed that even though the whole 911 line up is going turbocharged, the next 911 GT3 will continue to use a naturally aspirated engine as it is linear and lighter and offers more driveability.
In their quest to make a better drivers car, Porsche will not build cars to get better lap times around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, much to the happiness of James May. They say that they can easily build a car which can manage a time of 7 minutes and 15 seconds, but it would not be brilliant on road. They want a car that can be enjoyed more by regular drivers, rather than professional drivers. They also suggested that future GT3 models would get a manual option. The current cars get the PDK transmission only.
I feel that Porsche have got their priorities right and these latest revelations will definitely make the purists happy.
Source – CAR Magazine