A Porsche spokesman confirmed today that the German automaker plans to replace the engines in every 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 built so far. Porsche issued a stop-sale order last month after two GT3s caught fire in Europe.
Porsche spokesman Nick Twork said that the company determined there was a problem with the connecting-rod fasteners in the 911 GT3's 3.8-liter flat-six engine. If those fasteners failed, the connecting rod would separate from the crankshaft, apparently leading to the engine fires documented in Italy and Switzerland. Rather than rebuild or repair them, Porsche decided simply to replace the engines. A formal recall notice will be sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shortly.
On February 20, Porsche said it would recall all 785 units of the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 sold worldwide thus far, but at that time the company hadn't determined what caused the engine fires. Twork told Automobile today there are about 400 units of the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 in the U.S. overall, of which fewer than half had been sold. Porsche doesn't yet know when it will have replacement engines for affected cars. The company previously offered to transport owner cars to dealerships because Porsche officials recommend customers don't drive their GT3s.
The 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 is a track-oriented model that features a 475-hp, 3.8-liter flat-six engine and seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. Other track-ready features include 20-inch center-locking wheels, an adjustable carbon-fiber rear wing, and a three-part front splitter. Pricing starts at $131,395, including destination.