2011 drop-top spotted testing
7 July 2009

The new Porsche 998 cabriolet has been spied testing, ahead of its launch in 2011.

The car will replace the current 911 and, as our pictures show, Porsche is still not prepared to make any radical styling evolutions for the car.

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There will be plenty of technical advancements, however, focusing on a new aero package which alters the airflow around the car as it is on the move. The famous rear wing is also likely to be tweaked.

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The fake turbo intakes on the rear arches of this test car point towards wider arches to accommodate a wider track.

The engine line-up is also expected to be an evolution of the current range. The latest six-cylinder direct injection engines will have an even greater emphasis on economy and emissions.

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The new 997 Turbo will surface in the next six months and the cabrio version is likely to follow soon after the coupe. It is likely to get a turbocharged version of the 3.6-litre direct injection engine. However a blown 3.8-litre from the GT3, which does without direct injection, has not been ruled out.

Elsewhere there will be detail changes to spruce up the exterior, including the new “knock-off” style alloys seen here.

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