Porsche Replacing Engines in all 2014 GT3

Maker blames fires on faulty fastener.

by on Mar.19, 2014

The new GT3 is the most powerful naturally-aspirated 911 Porsche has ever produced.

After telling all 785 owners of the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 to immediately park their vehicles in the wake of two engine fires, the German maker informed them that it will be replacing the engines in those vehicles.

The company said its investigation revealed that fires were the result of a “loosened fastener on the connecting rod.” The loose rod damaged the crankcase causing oil to leak, which then ignited.

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Porsche will install engines with “optimized fasteners” to alleviate the problem. The problem came to light last month. According to a Porsche spokesman, two GT3 models, one sold in Italy, the other in Switzerland, “went up in flames” with less than 20 miles on their odometers.

As a result, the maker recommended owners park their GT3s immediately. Porsche picked up the vehicles and had the vehicles taken to dealers where they were inspected. The dealers will oversee the repair. No other 911s are impacted, the company said.

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Introduced at last year’s New York International Auto Show, the GT# is Priced at $130,400 and is among the most powerful cars the German maker has ever sold.

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The GT3 is powered by a 3.8-liter 6-cylinder boxer engine that makes 475 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. It uses a seven-speed double-clutch PDK transmission sending power to the rear wheels. The supercar can launch from 0 to 100 kmh (0 to 62.5 mph) in just 3.5 seconds and boasts a top speed of 195 mph.

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3 Responses to “Porsche Replacing Engines in all 2014 GT3”

  1. Jorge M. says:

    A loose con rod bolt would be a very rare engine issue for Porsche. This sounds like a out-of-spec part or an installation error. It’s certainly a black eye for Porsche.

  2. Philip Nothard says:

    It would interesting to understand what this replacement would cost ‘the man in the street’ for the engine, parts and labour?

  3. Jorge M. says:

    You could probably figure $15K to fix if the engine has not already been damaged. If the engine has been damaged then the price would be closer to $25K. These are just ball-park but typical Porsche prices. It’s amazing the cost a $5 part can cause when it fails.