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Porsche Motorsports manager, Andreas Preuninger has hinted that the development of future high performance Porsche 911 GT and RS models will be focussed on making them lighter, not more powerful.

“I’m not a believer in this horsepower monster, up, up, up, more, more, more,” said Preuninger to Car UK. He added that 500 hp is enough for the high performance machines, because any higher will call for bigger brakes, firmer suspension and heavier equipment in general. Making a car that has a better power-to-weight ratio with each new generation is more logical than say, adding a 50 hp power bump with each model, according to Preuninger.

Last but certainly not least, it appears the next GT and RS models will stick to naturally-aspirated engines, and that a manual transmission option will make a comeback, after the PDK-only current offerings. “I like atmospherical engines, because they are more linear, has better driveability, lighter, more emotional. In the future, we don’t want to discuss what is better (PDK or manual), we just want to offer both, so everybody should make up his mind and choose,” he said. Good lad, this Andreas Preuninger.

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