'998’ generation 911 prototype snapped
17 July 2008

These are the first ever images of the next generation ‘998’ version of the seminal Porsche 911.The prototype shows off significantly wider front and rear tracks, aimed at improving the car’s high-speed agility. Although this test mule is hiding behind the same looks as the recently facelifted 911 Carrera 4/4S, it’s clear that Porsche intends to stick closely to the current car’s proportions. Porsche is simulating a new aerodynamic package with a prominent lip added to the rear spoiler, presumably for added downforce and extra cooling of the engine bay. There also appears to be a slight alteration to the front end suspension geometry, with an increase in camber providing a greater tow-out effect. We know that other major aerodynamic innovations being considered for the ‘998’ include variable lift mechanisms for the front and rear, so the modification to this prototype’s rear spoiler could prove to have a deeper significance. Sources within Porsche suggest the 998 will adopt existing driveline hardware from the facelifted 997, with the direct injection 341bhp 3.6 and 380bhp 3.8-litre six-cylinder engines set to be brought over with little or no change. Buyers will also get the choice of either a standard six-speed or optional seven-speed double clutch gearbox.In keeping with the developments brought to the current model, the 998 will be both cleaner and faster than the car it replaces. Porsche regards its new direct injection petrol engine as giving it the capability to take environmental leadership among sportscar makers, so expect the 998 to turn in both better fuel economy and improved performance figures.

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17 July 2008

I garantee that if Porsche made the car a full 80 inches wide- which the new turbo most likely will be, it would grip better, stop better,and set an all time 911 lap record at the Nord. So Porsche just go for it make it a panzer so we can get over all the new wider track press chats. I only hope that just as there is a new buiness of over hauling old 911's there will be one for overhauling new ones, someone figure out how to cut one of these in half and lop the 10 inches off so it will actual fit on the road.

18 July 2008

When are they going to start putting the engine in a better place? That's what I want to know. The 911 is, in a lot of ways, a 60 year engineering effort to overcome a fundamental design flaw. Which is either admirable or madness. Who knows?

18 July 2008

Oh dear! Another three years of "reliable source at factory leaks 911 secrets"; "sneak sketch released"; "911 in special camouflage (so snappers don't miss it)"; " brochure details leaked from Latvian printers"; etc., etc.

18 July 2008

Spelling mistake? '..............a greater tow-out effect''

'toe-out' !

Shame on you.

18 July 2008

I thought the whole point of the 997 was to run down the clock to an all new flat 8 engined 911.

Not sure how this 998 can be that much different.


I'm The Ωmega Man, always talking to myself

19 July 2008

Needs a v8 and minimum 400bhp in standard form.

20 July 2008

[quote RobotBoogie]

When are they going to start putting the engine in a better place? That's what I want to know. The 911 is, in a lot of ways, a 60 year engineering effort to overcome a fundamental design flaw.

Could not agree more. But the moment you put the powerplant somewhere sensible, all the loons who believe they're taking part in a rear-engine special experience will stop buying it.

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