Porsche 911 Mule Spied Testing Previewing Next-Gen Sports Car

Porsche isn’t the type to sit idle, meaning the automaker has begun developing the next-generation of the iconic 911.

The facelifted Porsche 911 was recently revealed and now we can get a glimpse into the future of the sports car with these recent spy photos. Although it is still a very early chassis and engine mule, the Porsche 911 spied here is being used to test the next-generation model that will debut in late 2017 or early 2018. As usual with the Porsche 911, don’t expect drastic styling changes as it continues to evolve, but there will be a noticeable change since the 911 will be offered as a hybrid for the first time in its storied history.

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In order to accommodate the hybrid powertrain, the German automaker will have to make the 911 slightly larger in order to maintain the rear seats. What we do see on the mule is modified bodywork with extended wheel arches that presumably hide a wider rear axle.

Rumor has it that Porsche is also considering an all-electric version of the 911, a model that would compete with the Audi R8 e-tron. The company previously confirmed that the next-gen 911 will ride on a modified version of the MMB platform that is used on today’s model.

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