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Upcoming mid-life refresh will bring lightly tweaked looks for Porsche's flagship sports car

Porsche is developing an updated version of the Porsche 911 as the current generation approaches the mid-point of its planned life cycle. 

Set to be designated the '992.2' generation, in line with traditional nomenclature for updated 911 models, the lightly overhauled Aston Martin Vantage rival has been spotted cold-weather testing in Turbo form, giving an early look at the planned changes.

Having launched only in 2019, the 992-generation 911 is the second-newest model line in Porsche's current portfolio, after the Porsche Taycan, which means most of its switchgear, interior technology and drivetrain hardware is up to date with its stable-mates. So, as is customary for the 911, this facelift will be an example of subtle evolution rather than any radical reinvention.

The design, for example, has been barely altered over the car currently on sale. The most visible change looks to be a reshaped front bumper that incorporates vertical active aero elements and does away with the Turbo's prominent wraparound light bar. 

Also evident is a new radar set-up, which appears to comprise two sensors in the middle of the front splitter, rather than just one, while the rear light bar looks to have been split into segments. 

The interior is also expected to be largely untouched, though a previously spotted prototype had had its gauge cluster covered, suggesting an upgrade is on the cards there – potentially ushering in the newer, all-digital set-up deployed on the Taycan EV. 

It is unlikely that Porsche will seek to introduce any significant drivetrain modifications, though there is a chance that the long-mooted 911 hybrid could be added to the range when the 992 is facelifted, most likely in 2023.

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An electrified 911 prototype was spotted at the Nürburgring last year, suggesting that work to hybridise its flat-six motor – as promised would be the case at launch – was well under way.

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Deputy 11 January 2022

Boris - completey agree.  I have owned one 911 turbo (older version) and not once did I look at an Aston Vantage instead! 4WD, 4 seats (for kids) and up to date technology vs a front engine RWD V8, 2 seater and older tech (though attracts more attention!)

Boris9119 11 January 2022

As a Porsche fanboy I appreciate news about forthcoming models but this article seems to state nothing at all and only speculates in the most general terms about what might or might not materialize? I am all for Autocar providing daily content but this article is utter dross. As for detail, well the 911 turbo is not the flagship sportscar, that would be the 911 turbo s. And stop forever suggesting that the Aston Martin Vantage is a rival! I know you know better, and you know you know better, it never has been (check out the sales figures for the past 50yrs) and it never will be.