Later this year, Porsche will unveil the all-new 911 (codenamed the 992). Several prototypes wrapped in camouflage have already been spotted undergoing testing, in what is fast becoming one of the most photographed prototypes of the year. Porsche seems to be struggling to keep the car under wraps, as a clear shot of the sports car’s sleek rear was leaked online earlier this year. More recently, we got another peek at the new 911 undisguised, but our spies only managed to capture the rear end of the car again as it was being pushed by Porsche employees.
This, however, is by far our best look yet at the 2019 Porsche 911, as these new spy shots show the car with practically no camouflage – and this time it’s been captured from almost every angle for our viewing pleasure months before the car's world debut. Some thin layers of tape cover the taillights and a sticker has been placed over the headlights, but the car is otherwise completely uncovered.
To the untrained eye, the 992-generation looks a lot like the old 911. And you’d be right since every new 911 arrives with evolutionary rather than revolutionary design changes. There are several key changes for the 992-generation, however. Firstly, it rides on an updated MMB platform, which is stronger and stiffer and can incorporate hybrid powertrains. Your eyes aren’t deceiving you: the new 911 is slightly longer due to this new platform.
The overall design looks more muscular thanks to the car’s wider wheel arches, and the hood now extends down to the front end. New LED headlights adorn the front along with a redesigned front bumper with large intakes at each corner, and the slimmer taillights are connected by a full-width light bar similar to the Cayenne, Macan, Panamera and old air-cooled 911 models. Like the car that was spotted last month, quad exhaust tips are integrated into the rear bumper, so we’re probably looking at the new Carrera 4S.
As is traditional, the new 911 range will be powered by a rear-mounted flat-six engine. The base 992 Carrera is expected to have around 400 hp on tap, while the output of the Carrera S could increase to 450 hp and the range-topping Turbo S will allegedly pack 620 hp. A hybrid version will eventually join the range for the first time in the model’s history, and it’s expected to be the most powerful 911 ever made (with rumors suggesting it will pack 700 hp). Inside, the interior will borrow some tech from the Panamera such as a larger infotainment screen. The 2019 Porsche 911 is expected to officially break cover at the Paris Auto Show in October, but at this rate Porsche won’t have much left to reveal.