The eighth-generation 911 will mark the end of naturally aspirated engines with the introduction of a petrol-electric version
14 August 2017

The next Porsche 911 has been spotted in Cabriolet guise, revealing more of its design during early pre-production development.

The 911's most distinctive visible feature is its slim light bar at the back. Elsewhere, the development car takes small evolutionary steps from the current model - and the interior is expected to closely reflect that found in the second-generation Panamera.

The 992 remains the same length as today’s 991 model, but the width of the car is set to increase slightly due to wider tracks. There’s also only a minor increase in wheelbase; Porsche grew the wheelbase dramatically for the current generation to create more interior space for rear seat passengers.

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The 992 will be based on what is billed as a new modular sports car platform; although, in reality, it is similar to the current 991 platform. With a modified rear end, it will be used under the next-generation versions of the entry-level Boxster and Cayman models and could also influence the design and engineering of future Audi R8 and Lamborghini Huracán models.

The eighth-generation 911 will have vastly improved active aerodynamics with a full-width rear wing. An active front spoiler is also a possibility, although this can’t be seen in these images.

The future 911 range will exclusively use turbocharged six-cylinder engines when it lands in 2019, including the GT3, marking the end of naturally aspirated units for the line-up.

The GT3 will deliver more than 500bhp, while the standard models are set to get an extra 10-15bhp over today’s Carrera and Carrera S when they arrive in 2019.

The current Carrera and Carrera S deliver 364bhp and 414bhp respectively, so the 992-generation 911 will produce 375bhp to 429bhp.

A hybrid 911 will also be introduced to the range in 2020. It will run the flat-six with an electric motor, providing limited all-electric and performance-boosting functions.

While the current facelifted 911 range has benefited from a number of weight savings, the 992 will receive even more, thanks to a greater proportion of high-strength steel and aluminium. However, carbonfibre will not be used in the structure of the standard models and will instead be reserved for high-end models such as the GT2 and GT3.

Four-wheel-drive versions will also become more efficient due to new electronic control software.

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15

1 February 2017
RIP the 911.

Cyborg

1 February 2017
RIP Porsche !

14 August 2017
david RS wrote:

RIP Porsche !

Oh please. What are you- 12?

1 February 2017
To say the least

No manual - no fun

1 February 2017
I didn't even recognise it!

1 February 2017
Hoorah ! They've ditched those goddam awful central exhausts that aren't quite as central as the 'real' twin-pipe exhaust on the GT3s etc.. Plus, a rather fetching full-width stop-light as per the Mission-E. Nice. Ok, we have the 'turbo-only' era....but it does look like we can still get a fossil-fuel only 911 for a few more years yet. Glass half full, chaps.

BertoniBertone

14 August 2017

The touchscreen display looks like an afterthought, even more so than the awkwardly placed one in the 3 series.

14 August 2017
WallMeerkat wrote:

The touchscreen display looks like an afterthought, even more so than the awkwardly placed one in the 3 series.

I think that might be part of the testing equipment.

14 August 2017
Overdrive wrote:

WallMeerkat wrote:

The touchscreen display looks like an afterthought, even more so than the awkwardly placed one in the 3 series.

I think that might be part of the testing equipment.

Come on, it's obvious that it is not part of the car itself.

Citroëniste.

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