Super Street Network

 |   |   |  Spied! Next-Gen Porsche 911 Begins to Take Shape
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Spied! Next-Gen Porsche 911 Begins to Take Shape

Could this be a hotter version of the 992?

Jonathon Klein
Feb 1, 2017

There's no rest for the wicked, and there's no resting on laurels when it comes to the almighty Porsche 911. It's been through a gradual evolution ever since it first debuted, leading to what is universally considered one of the best sports cars in the world. Now, we're getting our first peek at what the next evolution will look like, its eighth generation, likely internally coded as the 992.

From the spy photos we've assembled here, it appears that the upcoming replacement for the wonderful 991.2 looks to further the 911's gradual evolution in body style. The front is more angular, diving forward, and the headlights and hood appear to resemble the forthcoming Mission E fully electric vehicle Porsche showed off not too long ago.

2019 Porsche 911 spy photos 08 660x438 Photo 2/19   |   2019 Porsche 911 spy photos 08

Moving rearwards, the hips of the car appear wider than the current 991.2 and housing some fairly massive rubber, as well as a set of Porsche superb carbon ceramic brakes. Could this be a hotter version of the 992? We're not sure, but moving further back, it does appear that this specific test mule houses Porsche's all-new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine that debuted in the 991.2. The vents at the edges of the rear bumper are larger than on the current car, and the vent above the engine bay extends all the way to the base of the rear window.

Furthermore, the rear wing has been enlarged to encompass the entirety of the rear, spreading from the ends of each taillight. Overall length will likely increase as well, as will the car's wheelbase. The car also appears to have a different exhaust system from what we've come to expect from Porsche. Could this be a new sports exhaust or just a test rig for the mule? Again, we must wait for Porsche to answer.

2019 Porsche 911 spy photos 07 660x438 Photo 3/19   |   2019 Porsche 911 spy photos 07

A few key things we do know about the eighth-generation 911 is that, for the first time, we will see a hybrid- drivetrain, and after the Mission E's production debut, likely a fully electric 911. However, all isn't pure electricity at Porsche as the company still maintains that it will offer both old and new technologies.

"Porsche needs to launch puristic racing cars like 911-we will go both strategies, new and old," Porsche's chairman Oliver Bloom told Car Magazine. "For the simple reason that electrification still carries a substantial weight penalty, sports cars will hold on to classic propulsion solutions a little longer than other vehicle types. But even the 911 must eventually adjust, and according to analysts and the media, even plug-in supercars are making headway!"

We likely won't see the 992 debut until next year, possibly as a 2019 or 2020 model year.

Photo Source: CarPix

2019 Porsche 911 spy photos 09 660x438 Photo 19/19   |   2019 Porsche 911 spy photos 09
By Jonathon Klein
63 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

The Vanquish Zagato Speedster is based on the Aston Martin Vanquish and marks the third in Zagato’s series of special Vanquish cars.
Jonathon KleinAug 15, 2017
Japanese designer Ken Okuyama will unveil a new one-off hypercar, the kode 0 “Zero” at the Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on Friday, August 18.
Ed TahaneyAug 15, 2017
BMW is getting ready to show off a new roadster at this year’s Pebble Beach. The shapely sports car, previewed in a teaser image here, debuts August 17.
Kelly PleskotAug 15, 2017
The teaser may be short, but you can expect more next week. Then look for the official BMW M5 reveal next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Collin WoodardAug 14, 2017
Mercedes-AMG could be forced to reinvent itself as it takes part in the development of Mercedes-Benz's upcoming EVs and their performance variants
Stefan OgbacAug 14, 2017
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP