Porsche has released official images of the new 992-generation 911.
The next-gen 911, which was shown wearing a camouflage wrap in the preview photos, will be an evolution of the current car’s design. A leaked photo that surfaced earlier this week is believed to have revealed the revised 911’s rear end ahead of its official debut, showing the new single rear light bar that replaces the standard dual rear taillights. It appears the rear will undergo the most dramatic change, with the vehicle’s front end and side profile appearing similar to the current 991 911’s.
The biggest changes will happen underneath the 911’s skin. August Achleitner, program boss for the car, hinted the 992 would feature some semi-autonomous driving features, but also said that “a 911 will always have a steering wheel,” and that the sports will be “one of the last cars to drive autonomously.” Porsche has expressed an interest in features such as Lane Keep Assist, Traffic Jam Assist and automatic parking, though it’s too early to say which of these systems may appear on a future 911.
Powering the new sports car will be an evolved version of the 3.8-liter turbocharged flat-six, which will make about 10-15 hp more than it does in the 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S. That means the 992 911 Carrera should make around 375 hp, with the Carrera S making around 425 hp. The next GT3 is expected to make more than 500 hp, while the new 911 Turbo and Turbo S will make 592 hp and 630 hp, according to Autocar. Naturally, a plug-in variant will arrive for 2020, which will feature the flat-six engine and an electric powertrain of some sort.
As for the interior, expect there to be tech-galore with a new, large center display screen joined by a digital dashboard. Not to fret, Porsche purists – spy shots indicate the car will retain an analog tachometer.
It’s not yet clear when the new 911 will make its debut, but we’re expecting to see it rear its head later this year.
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