Tuesday, May 28 11:40am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

WATCH: Is the new Porsche 911 RSR turbocharged?

Photos of the new Porsche 911 RSR have been circulating around the internet this week and now we’ve got our first listen.


The GTE-spec car is set to debut later this year and some are already speculating the car might be turbocharged.


At first glance there’s not much to separate the older 991.1 and the newer 991.2. However, some subtle changes have promoted a few questions about the car.


Porsche completed a test at Monza last week where they tested a 991.1 and 991.2-spec RSR back-to-back.


Local videographer 19Bozzy92 was there for the test to capture the sights and sounds of the RSR in action. Watch the video below where you can hear the distinct difference between the two cars.



The most notable changes between the first generation and second generation RSR are the addition of a side exhaust and a new front facia.


Bigger vents on the side in front and behind the rear wheel have led some social media speculators to suggest that the car might be turbocharged.


However, the car definitely lacks any distinctive turbo sound. What's more is that the new RSR is still understood to be based off the 991 platform, which is naturally aspirated. If it was based off of the 992 then it would run a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged flat-6.




Additional endurance-style lights have been added to the front bumper but gone are the dive planes on either side of the splitter.


Mirror mounts have been changed and the car features a new front bonnet. Vents have been changed as well in the rear window pockets. The rear bumper has also been re-profiled.


Some social media commentators have decided they don’t like the new sound, but it’s not the first time Porsche has changed the note of the RSR.  


Watch the 2017-spec Porsche 911 RSR



Watch the 2018-spec Porsche 911 RSR



The car will likely make an official racing debut in the 2019-’20 FIA World Endurance Championship. It’ll also likely race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which means New Zealand’s own Earl Bamber will likely get to steer the car next year. 


Photos: Stefano Ciabattoni