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Non-RS Porsche cars could get weight-saving packageby Ronan Glon
\"It\'s definitely something we could look into,\" a top Porsche executive said.
Introduced on the 918 Spyder, Porsche's weight-saving Weissach package has seeped down into some of its other high-performance cars like the GT2 RS and GT3 RS variants of the 911. The company revealed it could offer a similar option (though not necessarily a full-blown Weissach package) on non RS-badged cars.
"I think demand [for a lighter car] from people that go to the track is way higher on the RS than on the GT3 or the Carrera, but it's definitely something we could look into," Andreas Preuninger, the head of Porsche's GT car line, told Digital Trends. He warned this won't happen right away because the company doesn't have enough production capacity. "We have nothing planned; don't expect to see the Cayenne Weissach next month," he added.
Interestingly, Preuninger explained the 911 GT3 RS (pictured) equipped with the optional Weissach package is about as light as the model can get while remaining street-legal and relatively comfortable. His team can't legally take out parts like the catalytic converter, for obvious reasons. They considered removing interior parts like the glovebox and the carpet but the end result feels cheap, he explained.
"We looked at how much weight we'd save by taking out the carpet and it wasn't much. And, when you toss out the carpet or the glovebox it feels cheap. There are rattling noises, you're looking at holes in the dashboard. It's not desirable," he noted.