► Next Porsche 911 here in late 2018
► Codenamed 992, due 2018 Paris show
► Updated 991 hardware, hybrid from Gen 2
The new Porsche 911 will be shown to the world at the 2018 Paris motor show, but we've been busy scooping the 992-generation nine-eleven in various camouflaged forms.
As is customary, Porsche will fill every conceivable niche with its benchmark sports car - and we've got the lowdown from humble Carrera 2 to top-brass 911 Turbo, from soft-top convertibles (scooped below) to the red-hot new GT3 version. This is when you can expect to see the new 911 range:
- Carrera 2S and Carrera 4S Coupe Due October 2018, deliveries start February 2019
- Carrera 2S and 4S Cabriolet Presented in January 2019, on sale April 2019
- Entry-level Carrera 2 and Carrera 4 Coupe and Cabriolet Shown in April 2019, on sale summer 2019
- 911 Turbo and Carrera GTS Due September 2019, in dealers from February 2020
Keep reading for everything we know so far about the 992-generation Porsche 911.
This is inherently an update to the 991 family - not an all-new nine-eleven. Porsche tends to spin off two generations from its platforms, remember, so a properly new architecture isn't due until the model after this.
But there is a lot in store for the new 911: punchier engines are due in the 992-era cars, as well as full digital instruments and the latest 48-volt electrics, to curb CO2 and fuel consumption, and offer more trickery besides. The entry-level cars are due to get around 30bhp more from their EA9A2 family of flat-six boxer engines:
- Carrera 395bhp
- Carrera S 444bhp
A mix of rear- and all-wheel drive will be offered and we hear that an eighth cog is being added to the PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission.
911 evolution: the Porsche 992 stays true to its roots
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. We can see full-width lights under the disguise, 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.
Incidentally, these 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. We're also expecting to see tech from Audi carried over, so skinny OLED indicators and matrix LED headlights could become standard fare.
In mid-2017, Michael Mauer, head of VW Group Design, told CAR: 'In the case of the 991, the step up from the 997 was perhaps too evolutionary. For the next model changes, my colleagues are therefore planning a set of more distinctive alterations.'
What else do we know about the 2019 Porsche 911?
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 an update to the rear- and all-wheel drive hardware. And this time, from the 992.2 second-generation model due in 2023, there will be a plug-in 911.
A hybrid 911? Really?
For sure. We hear the 992.2 will mix a 3.0 flat six with a 70kW e-motor and 10.8kWh battery pack, for short bursts of silent running and devastating performance. Like 3.5sec 0-62mph and 197mph flat-out.
We already know Porsche is working on a pure-electric production model influenced by 2015's Mission E concept, 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 confirmed to CAR that the 911 is a likely candidate for hybrid power. ‘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's to keep a place in the next-generation 911 family.
But if you prefer the PDK twin-clutch auto, fret not: that will be updated with an eighth cog in the 992 family.
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