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Old 01-30-2018, 02:27 AM
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NEW INFO ON ENGINES.

The upgraded engines are named EA9A2 and feature improved combustion and a 48V mild hybrid system.
Base Carrera 400hp, Carrera S 450hp, GT3 (sadly, now also a turbo) 550hp.

More details here: https://www.carscoops.com/2018/01/20...engine-lineup/
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Old 01-30-2018, 02:33 AM
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Porsche set a record for deliveries in 2017 ~ 246,000 vehicles mostly SUVs, the 911 is becoming a niche car and the NA 911s (GT3) are a niche within a niche (FI:NA 10:1).

Whether the regulator forces the issue or not is moot. Porsche has become a manufacturer of SUVs/luxo sedans - globally the ratio of sales between this group and the 911 is something like 5:1.

The simple truth, and one which Porsche fully understands is the market for high performance NA cars is small and this is within a declining market for sports cars.

They will make business decisions within the framework of the law and in the best interests of their shareholders.

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Originally Posted by RRDnA View Post
Porsche set a record for deliveries in 2017 ~ 246,000 vehicles mostly SUVs, the 911 is becoming a niche car and the NA 911s (GT3) are a niche within a niche (FI:NA 10:1).

Whether the regulator forces the issue or not is moot. Porsche has become a manufacturer of SUVs/luxo sedans - globally the ratio of sales between this group and the 911 is something like 5:1.

The simple truth, and one which Porsche fully understands is the market for high performance NA cars is small and this is within a declining market for sports cars.
Yet the point being expressed is that the market isnít ďsmallĒ for N/A cars in a sense of demand, itís simply regulated out. Sports cars (911ís very much included) selling more during times of N/A prevalence, and declining as soon as turbos became ubiquitous (again, very much including 911ís) would signify in fact that N/A sports cars, and factually/statistically speaking, N/A 911ís have larger markets. The clamoring over the GT3 further signifies that.

How would an N/A Carrera fare if it was selling head to head with a turbo Carrera for the same price? Impossible to know. But sales in the U.S dropped immediately (shrinking market demand) the second they switched to turbo Carreras.

Iím focusing on U.S specifically, as itís my only
market (so all that matters to me), but worldwide sales donít really have much semblance to worldwide sales of yore. Being that China is carrying the weight, and Chinaís desires are significantly different than the U.S markets desires (they have no heritage to care about, know about, compare against the new offerings, etc.).

The reality is that car companies arenít responding to market demand as much as market mandates. Namely with sports cars. And many these mandates have to do predominantly with China, and EU.
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A car company has to produce vehicles that sell in sufficient commercial quantities in order to deliver acceptable returns to shareholders, they'll take growth where they find it and governments set the regulatory framework at the behest of various electorates. Thats just how it is and Porsche don't seem to be having a problem selling cars.

In fact if you look at the history of the company, they have had to flex to survive, thats what they are doing now.

About 20 years ago Porsche nearly went out of business trying to sell air cooled cars - the market didn't want them in sufficient commercial quantities. To survive Porsche developed the Boxster, Cayenne and more powerful water cooled NA DFI sports cars. Today, they are largely, a manufacturer of SUVs.

Regulations called for better safety measures, cars became heavier and ultimately with smallish capacity engines it became necessary to produce turbocharged engines to square all circles e.g. deliver performance, power/torque and reduced emissions. Of course, Porsche could have developed very high compression 2L NA engines, that meet emissions targets but they didn't. Why?.........anyhow, it is what it is.

I doubt Porsche will have any difficulty selling turbocharged GT3s and at the end of the day those that don't like the products will move on. It is worth noting there are plenty of people, even on Rennlist, that like a range of different driving experiences and may own several vehicles to get the range of experiences they desire.
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Originally Posted by RRDnA View Post
A car company has to produce vehicles that sell in sufficient commercial quantities in order to deliver acceptable returns to shareholders, they'll take growth where they find it and governments set the regulatory framework at the behest of various electorates. Thats just how it is and Porsche don't seem to be having a problem selling cars.

In fact if you look at the history of the company, they have had to flex to survive, thats what they are doing now.

About 20 years ago Porsche nearly went out of business trying to sell air cooled cars - the market didn't want them in sufficient commercial quantities. To survive Porsche developed the Boxster, Cayenne and more powerful water cooled NA DFI sports cars. Today, they are largely, a manufacturer of SUVs.

Regulations called for better safety measures, cars became heavier and ultimately with smallish capacity engines it became necessary to produce turbocharged engines to square all circles e.g. deliver performance, power/torque and reduced emissions. Of course, Porsche could have developed very high compression 2L NA engines, that meet emissions targets but they didn't. Why?.........anyhow, it is what it is.

I doubt Porsche will have any difficulty selling turbocharged GT3s and at the end of the day those that don't like the products will move on. It is worth noting there are plenty of people, even on Rennlist, that like a range of different driving experiences and may own several vehicles to get the range of experiences they desire.
Once again this is completely beside the point Chuck made, or myself. China and EU regs have fundamentally determined where Porsche is going above all. N/A 911ís sold more. The N/A .2 GT3 is rumored to have sold more than the Carreras during its months on sale in the U.S, etc. etc.

No data whatsoever supports or signifies the market demanded turbos (N/A cars rising in value immediately after .2ís launched is yet another factor completely opposite to that notion), nor supports Porsche going turbo because of market demand. In fact, a Porsche exec specifically said that it was done solely due to regulations. Also, again, data (sales) supports the market has been more receptive to N/A cars, outside of China, and most specifically in N/A. So if they had made the shift due to demand, they got it wrong, but we know thatís not why they did it.

You stated yourself that Porsche had to do what they had to do, and did the best with what they had to do, using the 2.0 N/A example. Thatís what weíre saying as well. Market demand isnít whatís shifting the 911 at all, market regulations are. Are there benefits to turbos? Of course! Thatís why they *had* to do it. But the result in our market worked against market demand.

Thatís whatís the frustration is about. The 911 will always get faster, more refined and more efficient. But itís clearly destined to step slowly more and more away from the elements that have made it such a success. Porsche has no choice. If they did, best believe they wouldnít lop another 3.8 turbo out back, next gen.

Does ANYONE here predict the 992 will outsell the 991.1 in the U.S market? Very possible, but itíll be a stretch.
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Does ANYONE here predict the 992 will outsell the 991.1 in the U.S market? Very possible, but itíll be a stretch.
I believe it will. I can already hear the car reviewers commending Porsche on nearly eliminating all signs of turbo lag and improving the exhaust note over the 991.2.

Myself and many other 991.1 owners skipped the 991.2. While others obviously donít agree, many of us saw the 991.2 as Porscheís way to test the Carrera market earlier than necessary with the FI platform in order to gain valuable feedback and also get the whole FI vs NA debate out of the way.

Iím looking forward to the 992 and so are many other 991.1 owners. Our cars are getting older and by the time the 992 roles out, it will be time for an upgrade. I predict the 992 will sell just fine.

As for the FI GT3, after seeing what the GT2 is capable of, Iím not overly concerned.


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I believe it will. I can already hear the car reviewers commending Porsche on nearly eliminating all signs of turbo lag and improving the exhaust note over the 991.2.

Myself and many other 991.1 owners skipped the 991.2. While others obviously donít agree, many of us saw the 991.2 as Porscheís way to test the Carrera market earlier than necessary with the FI platform in order to gain valuable feedback and also get the whole FI vs NA debate out of the way.

Iím looking forward to the 992 and so are many other 991.1 owners. Our cars are getting older and by the time the 992 roles out, it will be time for an upgrade. I predict the 992 will sell just fine.

As for the FI GT3, after seeing what the GT2 is capable of, Iím not overly concerned.


Very plausible and Iím on the same page as you on that. I can see the 992 going two ways:

(reviewer voice):

ĒWow! Porsche managed to defy all odds and make this turbo feel at once more raw and engaging than the car it replaces, while more comfortable. Porsche went through a lot of effort making sure the exhaust note satisfies those enthusiasts still clinging onto their atmospheric engines while skipping the first 3.0 turbo iteration. We predict they wonít be holding out anymore, after driving a 992.Ē

Or....

ĒWhile this car continues and improves upon Porscheís otherworldly balance of blistering performance, comfort and quality, we feel that Porsche made this thing SO good, itís more akin to a perfect robot recreation of a 911, than an actual 911.Ē

As for the GT3, there I have to disagree, personally. A 3.8 turbo will be a monster, absolutely (yawn). The TS already does 0-60 in 2.4, the GT2 breaks records, blah blah. But the GT3 was supposed to be the ONE car for the ďusís,Ē and by that I mean ďmeís.Ē The one where 0-60 and all that is the last of its hallmarks. Where pure soulful, raucous emotivity reign supreme. A true engineering art piece where they let the team design a 4.0 that revs to 9K and sounds like a mechanical opera.... because theyíre Porsche and thatís what they do: Have fun, and go against the grain (for them, a big part of going against the grain is stubbornly perfecting a heritage many others gave up on long ago). The 911 Turbo/Turbo S with the 3.8 turbo feels about as soulful as a Cayenne, if you ask me (or Motor Trend, etc. etc.). The GT2 Iím sure is a riot, but it sounds like a slightly louder version of the extremely mundane Turbo/Turbo S engine/exhaust. Increasing redundancy, as well.

Theyíre not gonna change anything on account of complaints, itís obviously a ďhave toĒ move on several levels, but Iíve accepted Carreras are FI, eventually electric, whatever. Taking the GT3? Argh.
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I believe it will. I can already hear the car reviewers commending Porsche on nearly eliminating all signs of turbo lag and improving the exhaust note over the 991.2.

Myself and many other 991.1 owners skipped the 991.2. While others obviously donít agree, many of us saw the 991.2 as Porscheís way to test the Carrera market earlier than necessary with the FI platform in order to gain valuable feedback and also get the whole FI vs NA debate out of the way.

Iím looking forward to the 992 and so are many other 991.1 owners. Our cars are getting older and by the time the 992 roles out, it will be time for an upgrade. I predict the 992 will sell just fine.

As for the FI GT3, after seeing what the GT2 is capable of, Iím not overly concerned.


Agree completely ^^. ....and I was one of the ones who couldn't wait for the 992 and got a 991.2.
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I believe it will. I can already hear the car reviewers commending Porsche on nearly eliminating all signs of turbo lag and improving the exhaust note over the 991.2.

Myself and many other 991.1 owners skipped the 991.2. While others obviously donít agree, many of us saw the 991.2 as Porscheís way to test the Carrera market earlier than necessary with the FI platform in order to gain valuable feedback and also get the whole FI vs NA debate out of the way.

Iím looking forward to the 992 and so are many other 991.1 owners. Our cars are getting older and by the time the 992 roles out, it will be time for an upgrade. I predict the 992 will sell just fine.

As for the FI GT3, after seeing what the GT2 is capable of, Iím not overly concerned.


Agree also. Keeping my 991.1 GTS as the .2 did not really interest me much. I do think Porsche will make inroads in respect to the sound and the lag of the .2. Not that it is "bad", but it could be improved upon for sure. Looking forward to the 992 to see what Porsche has up its sleeve. If not much, then who knows,....always said my .1 could be my last Porsche, I hope not....
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As for the GT3, there I have to disagree, personally. A 3.8 turbo will be a monster, absolutely (yawn). The TS already does 0-60 in 2.4, the GT2 breaks records, blah blah. But the GT3 was supposed to be the ONE car for the “us’s,” and by that I mean “me’s.” The one where 0-60 and all that is the last of its hallmarks. Where pure soulful, raucous emotivity reign supreme. A true engineering art piece where they let the team design a 4.0 that revs to 9K and sounds like a mechanical opera.... because they’re Porsche and that’s what they do: Have fun, and go against the grain (for them, a big part of going against the grain is stubbornly perfecting a heritage many others gave up on long ago). The 911 Turbo/Turbo S with the 3.8 turbo feels about as soulful as a Cayenne, if you ask me (or Motor Trend, etc. etc.). The GT2 I’m sure is a riot, but it sounds like a slightly louder version of the extremely mundane Turbo/Turbo S engine/exhaust. Increasing redundancy, as well.

They’re not gonna change anything on account of complaints, it’s obviously a “have to” move on several levels, but I’ve accepted Carreras are FI, eventually electric, whatever. Taking the GT3? Argh.
I echo your sentiments completely but the GT3's primary purpose is not to be an enthusiasts car. While it is often looked at in that manner by many, and for good reason, it is first and foremost a track weapon that you can drive on the street to the track. While many of us have used it as a street car or even a daily (my hero's ), this is not the primary market Porsche is providing this model to. They have stiff competition that is getting faster and there is only so much you can squeeze out of a NA flat 6 reliably. There is no doubt that the 991 NA GT3's will become future classics, but Porsche has no choice but to move to FI if they want to keep the GT3 competitive and reliable. Not to mention, it will help their Carrera line. Guys that don't buy Carrera's because they want to hold out for a used GT3 may just say "screw it" and go with a Carrera GTS or similar since they are "all FI now"... IMO the Carrera GTS is the sweet spot 911 now and if the 992 can improve sound and turbo lag just a bit, I'll be a buyer for sure.

My hope is that Porsche will still cater to this small segment of the market with speciality models like the 911R (hopefully without the insane allocation issues and dealer markup) but FI is hear to stay and I don't think we will be seeing much in terms of NA models moving forward. Which is sad but it is what it is.
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Agree also. Keeping my 991.1 GTS as the .2 did not really interest me much. I do think Porsche will make inroads in respect to the sound and the lag of the .2. Not that it is "bad", but it could be improved upon for sure. Looking forward to the 992 to see what Porsche has up its sleeve. If not much, then who knows,....always said my .1 could be my last Porsche, I hope not....
The 991.1 GTS is a keeper. I wouldn't consider giving that car up until the 992 GTS is available and can be evaluated.

I agree the 991.2 is not bad at all. I have driven a few and like them quite a bit. There just weren't enough checks in the Pro's list to justify me making the switch this late in the life cycle of the 991 generation. If you don't have a 911 or are looking to upgrade from an older generation, I would say get a 991.2 all day. But if you are a 991.1 owner, there is really no reason to make the switch with the 992 right around the corner.
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These are all great arguments but one thing that may hurt 992 sales especially among current 991 owners including myself will be the interior. The Panameraization of the 991 interior was a radical change but ultimately proved to work out due to it being so functional.

This next iteration I fear might be one step too far. The haptic center console , those horrible center vents, glass cockpit and a cup holder that screams Ford Mustang I fear is pushing the car too far from it's usual tastefully advanced yet restrained philosophy.

As many are life long lovers / owners of many generations of 911 the fact that we are pessimistic towards each new model is a correct and natural behavior. Usually our fears are put to rest at the realization that Porsche in all their prowess pulled it off yet again and managed to keep us happy. Unfortunately though ... Lately it seems we have seen them along with many other enthusiasts brands falter at the hands of poor decision making and ever stringent regulations.
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This thread is about the 992. For better or worse, there are a lot of people that have interest in what is coming out.

We know it's not going to be naturally aspirated. It is what it is. Better to just focus on the subject at hand.


Would be nice to not see this thread go down the drain over the same old NA vs Turbo debates. There is a thread in the GT3 forum debating the future model going turbo.

https://rennlist.com/forums/991-gt3-...rbo-410kw.html
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This thread is about the 992. For better or worse, there are a lot of people that have interest in what is coming out.

We know it's not going to be naturally aspirated. It is what it is. Better to just focus on the subject at hand.


Would be nice to not see this thread go down the drain over the same old NA vs Turbo debates. There is a thread in the GT3 forum debating the future model going turbo.

https://rennlist.com/forums/991-gt3-...rbo-410kw.html
Agreed.
Here's the latest info on the engines. I posted that earlier, but it got buried under the "turbo vs NA" discourse.

NEW INFO ON ENGINES.

The upgraded engines are named EA9A2 and feature improved combustion and a 48V mild hybrid system.
Base Carrera 400hp, Carrera S 450hp, GT3 (now also a turbo) 550hp.

More details here: https://www.carscoops.com/2018/01/20...engine-lineup/
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Agreed.
Here's the latest info on the engines. I posted that earlier, but it got buried under the "turbo vs NA" discourse.

NEW INFO ON ENGINES.

The upgraded engines are named EA9A2 and feature improved combustion and a 48V mild hybrid system.
Base Carrera 400hp, Carrera S 450hp, GT3 (now also a turbo) 550hp.

More details here: https://www.carscoops.com/2018/01/20...engine-lineup/

" Automobile reports the car will use an upgraded six-cylinder engine which is codenamed the EA9A2. The engine family will reportedly benefit from improved combustion techniques as well as new technologies. The model is also expected to adopt a 48V mild hybrid system which increases the output by 20 hp (14 kW) and 52 lb-ft (70 Nm) of torque. "



This bit is confusing.... Does this mean all the 911's including the base Carrera engine will end up with this mild hybrid nonsense?
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