U Spy: 2019 Porsche 911 Caught Completely Undisguised?

The new 911, code-name 992, is probably the automotive world’s worst kept secret, as we’ve seen lots of camouflaged cars, from the plain Carrera to the Turbo, testing in the past few months.

Now, it looks like we have the first image of the 2019 911, courtesy of one of our readers who spotted it on an Instagram account. And by the looks of it, it seems like the real deal.

Although we only have an image of the rear end, it surely looks different than the 991 series series, which has been around since 2011, with a facelift in late 2015. The 991.2, as it was known, also marked the introduction of all-new, turbocharged flat-sixes across the range for the very first time, with a naturally aspirated engine being available only in the GT3 and the limited edition R.

While the new engines sported smaller capacities, they were more powerful, more frugal and faster overall than their predecessors, yet they received lots of flak for losing Porsche’s characteristic flat-six sound and instant throttle response. And that’s despite the fact that even the base Carrera sported 370 PS (365 HP) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque from its 3.0-liter engine.

Nevertheless, Porsche is going to launch a new 911 this year, and this image seems legit as the rear end does have some substantial changes compared to the current model, such as the taillights and the addition of a horizontal strip that connects them, the rear decklid design and the lower end of the bumper, all of which are different compared to the 991.2.

The wide rear fenders lead us to believe that this could be the Carrera S version, though that remains to be seen. Previous reports indicated that the 2019 911 will use an upgraded version of the turbocharged flat-six and will also get a 48V mild hybrid system, which will increase power and further reduce consumption.

Although this is just speculation, the same sources claim that the base Carrera will get 400 HP and the Carrera S will be bumped up to 450 HP. And, like always, we’ll have an onslaught of new versions, starting with the Cabriolet and going on to the Targa, GTS, Turbo, Turbo S and, probably, a plug-in hybrid in 2023.

Of course there’ll be a GT3, too, but hardcore fans need fear not, as Porsche’s execs have recently insisted that it will remain naturally aspirated and will still sport a manual gearbox.

At the time of writing, we had no info of when the 992 will be launched, although the car seems ready and the Geneva Auto Show that opens on the 8th of March is the most likely venue.

Hat tip to Omar!

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  • Miknik

    Looks legit. Weirdly, it starts to loose the visual 911 connection; IMO the 991 had quite transformed the proportions, but kept the detailing mostly intact. This now starts to look like a McLaren from the back, with very little that says “911”…

  • gor134

    I think 991.2 was the best looking version. This looks like a fatter uglier version.

    • Six_Tymes

      100 percent agree

      • You white, you ain’t right

        Isn’t all new cars ugly

  • gor134

    Why is the Porsche badging so hidden underneath the taillights?

    • Matt

      Maybe the light strip behind it glows, revealing the lettering more clearly?

    • Bash

      Could be because its still not the very very final version!

      • KSegg

        This. It’s always amusing to me when people criticize camo’ed test mules, or even undisguised mules as if it’s the actual production version.

        • Marty

          A test mule is one thing, a camouflaged car another. The unmasked yellow car is a third thing. I think it’s totally legit to talk about it as if it were the final design.

  • kachuks

    You can see the front end in the mirror reflections up top. The convex shape is distorting the image but the headlamps look different and the nose seems to be a bit sharper design to it.

    • eb110americana

      It appears that the front corners are chamfered/chopped off to visually reduce the front overhang. Although it could be distortion from the mirrors, I don’t think so, as it appears in both reflections regardless of relative location on the mirror. That means the front end will have a sort of three-sided shape, instead of the rounded nose of 911s past.

      Also spotted, a vertical center stoplight or “CHMSL” as they’re called.

    • Six_Tymes

      I missed that, thanks for pointing that out. this looks like a tree frog. its absolutely terrible

  • fgclolz

    Goodness, I hope you can spec it with one color. Not a fan of two-tone cars.

    • AxlRock

      You can choose the same color for both the tones

    • Knotmyrealname

      The fenders may be wrapped? Or wrapped in a protective film. They certainly don’t have the gloss of the rear wing.

      • fgclolz

        I hope you’re right. I was actually looking at the roof. The “renders” I’ve seen show a gloss/CF roof. Save that for the extreme neunelfers!

        • Marty

          Could be some cover material on the roof, attached with tape?
          Looks a bit like that on the door, and some kind of cover sheet rolled up at the front too.

          • fgclolz

            Yeah I saw the tape. The 991s can be optioned with the CF(?) roof so I hope it’s the same for this. I hope the face looks decent. Looks like some design elements were taken from the Cayenne.

        • Knotmyrealname

          OK, understood.

    • Bo Hanan

      Holla!

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    I wonder front end mostly, because it has been predictable so long. 911 shape is an icon for sure but it is rear engined,so porsche supposed to be more free than others regarding safety regulations,so why not something little bit wouldn’t be coming out?

    • gor134

      You can see the front end a little bit in the mirrors in front of the car.

  • Christian
    • gor134

      Meh? This is even worse lol. Basically just a rebadged van.

      • Christian

        Meh. You’re right… Meh,

    • Bash

      STFU…. you meh!
      :D:D

    • AxlRock

      Yea. This deserves to get “reviled”

    • LWOAP

      Welp, into the crusher it goes.

      • Christian

        I kinda find that offensive, can you please take your words back?

        • LWOAP

          Is plus sized compressor more politically correct?

  • Balcis

    Looks like 4s.

  • LWOAP

    Now would be a great time for Porsche to bring the 911 Classic back as well as a Speedster. It would be a nice way to send off the 991.2 along with the GT3 RS.

    You know what, on second thought, never mind. They’ll be limited runs and you know car flippers are going to jack up the price on them.

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      They’ll make a few flipper editions, take their money, then make version that is 99.99% similar shortly afterwards to tank that market and make them lose money.

      • LWOAP

        That would be hilarious.

        • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

          Well… they already did. Remember the 911R and 911 GT3 Touring?

  • Steven Maritz

    Yet another yawn fest from Porsche; squished Beetle!

  • Vassilis

    Hm, not sure I like it as much as the 991.

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    It looks beautiful for me…

  • nastinupe

    Dear author. This is probably the 4 or 4S model since the rear is wider. The S body doesn’t come with the wider rear, the 4 does.

    This looks really good. I like the changes. Porsche rarely disappoints.

  • Six_Tymes

    if it is, its going to take me a long time to get used to that rear light design.

  • Six_Tymes

    looks like a tree frog. its terrible

  • Honda NSX-R

    I bet it’s going to have a similar interior to the new Panamera and Cayenne

  • DMax

    I like the taillights design, but that black piece in the bumper is terrible.

  • SteersUright

    Looks stunning. As long as they never ever do what they did to the. 996 version and try to go too far with the 911’s general shape and oval headlights, Im good. The 991 has been the most beautiful to date, as from being just ever slightly too large, if Im nitpicking. This looks even wider, and wider in the rear is always sexier for 911’s.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I think that’s more a question of paint finish. The right quarter is a lot duller. This is pare-production car, after all.

  • Mr Hahn

    Not liking how wide the asses are getting on 911’s,eventually they’ll be as wide if not wider than a Hummer H1.

  • So is this already sold out again??

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