Discard the actual body of this next 911 prototype – the actual styling is not what we see – Porsche certainly wouldn’t let it slide on the track with the production body without camouflage.
But the things under the skin are the real deal, as shown in this clip where Zuffenhausen engineers can be seen pushing the envelope to the limit on the Nurburgring. As we see here, the 992 Neunelfer is being tested to the limit in the Brunnchen – one of the most difficult corners of the Ring, which has even lost most of its gravel safety trap for this year. So far, as we can see, the only area that might give us clues to the styling is the rear – we’re in for a great combination of retro and modern looks for the upcoming next generation. For example the taillights feature a thin LED strip running the width of the car – screaming Mission E but also 993-generation 911. Up above there’s a large active rear wing… which brings us fond memories of the 959.
The upgraded architecture for the 992 generation should come with a wider track, a lower center of gravity for the engine and around 400 to 450 horsepower for the Carrera models. Meanwhile, ever since the Panamera appeared in the flagship Turbo S E-Hybrid trim, there’s ample talk about the 911 getting the same treatment, meaning it would arrive with more than 650 horsepower on tap. There might also be a smaller hybrid setup – one with Carrera S performance and Golf-like efficiency in mind.