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.
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.