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The anti-revolution: Porsche continues to evolve new 911 due in 2019

Published: 14 March 2017

► Next Porsche 911 due in 2019 
► First glance at the new car’s body
► Brand new platform, wider tracks 

The current Porsche 911 is arguably one of the finest sports cars in the world today, so coming up with a replacement is no mean feat. But replace it Porsche must, and now photos have surfaced of the next-generation 911 due to land in 2019, wearing what is believed to be its production body.

We’ve previously spied a test mule using a wider-tracked variation of the current car’s bodywork, which you can see furthest to the right in the gallery above, but the latest shots give us a clearer picture of the production car’s shell.

Most evident is a wider track than the current 911, a key indicator of the car’s brand-new platform.

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Unsurprisingly, there's no drastic revolution on the styling front. The bonnet has a longer journey to meet the front bumper than the current car, and the tail-light layout is reminiscent of 2015’s Mission E concept, hooded by a much more expansive rear spoiler treatment. New door handles to set 911 forums a-chatter, too…

Check out the pictures below contrasting the new spoiler in both its raised and lowered position. The clunky looking high-mounted stop light is most likely a temporary measure on this prototype - expect a neater integration for the finished article. 

A closer look at the new 911 spoiler arrangement

Incidentally, these latest shots suggest a different exhaust system from the earlier mule; whereas the original car spotted is thought to be a standard S model, this latest car may be working on a development of the optional sports exhaust system.

What do we know about the 2019 Porsche 911?

First sight of what's thought to be the 2019 911's production bodywork

Although the current 991 generation received a batch of ‘991.2’ updates in 2015, including a new family of turbocharged engines, it was originally launched back in 2011 – so it’s no longer in its first flush of youth.

The upcoming eighth-generation 911 will be built around a new modular platform and feature a wider range of powertrains – potentially to include, for the first time, a hybrid set-up.

A hybrid 911? Really?

Latest whispers we’ve heard from Stuttgart are that the hybrid 911 project has been pushed to the backburner, but nonetheless, Porsche’s engineers are hard at work upon a part-electric 911. 

Porsche is working on a pure-electric production model influenced by 2015's Mission E concept for a 2020 debut, while other large cars in its range - such as the new Panamera - will supplement their engines with electric power to boost both performance and efficiency. Porsche's chairman Oliver Blume hinted to CAR in our October 2016 issue that the 911 is a likely candidate for hybrid power too:

‘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,’ Bloom said. ‘But even the 911 must eventually adjust, and according to analysts and the media, even plug-in supercars are making headway!’ 

That won't spell an end to traditional-style 911s, though. If anything, the 911's idiosyncratic character is likely to be preserved all the more carefully:

'Porsche needs to launch puristic racing cars like 911 – we will go to both strategies, new and old,' Bloom said. 'Think of sports shoes: you can buy shoes of the ’70s and ’80s, people love them. In 10 or 15 years, fans would like to drive sports cars where they can feel it’s a real car. Porsche will in future be Porsche, that’s our strategy.'

Don't be surprised to see naturally aspirated, manual gearbox models like the current 911R to keep a place in the next-generation 911 family. 

First sight of what's thought to be the 2019 911's production bodywork

What other cars will share this new sports car platform?

The next Boxster and Cayman, pencilled in for 2020, will use the same hardware and electronics. Potentially – if certain intriguing rumours are correct – a Lamborghini model line will too. Should the Audi R8 get a third generation, it may borrow bits of the new Porsche platform as well.

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First sight of what's thought to be the 2019 911's production bodywork

By James Taylor

CAR's online editor, automotive design graduate, Radical champ