We’ve seen countless spy photos of the next-generation Porsche 911, and now we’re finally seeing the production model will look like in all its glory.
Caught with practically no camouflage at all, this car, code-named 992, is virtually identical to the one that should be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show later this year. As expected, the overall shape remains faithful to previous 911s, but there are a handful of new styling features that set the 992 apart from its predecessors.
Starting up front, the model has an evolutionary bumper with slender LED turn signals that are now integrated into the air intake surrounds. The 992 also has a larger central intake and a new hood with two noticeable creases. The headlights are covered by stickers, but they’ll likely have a familiar design with integrated LED daytime running lights.
The 911’s sensuous shape has been further refined and it appears more rounded than on previous incarnations of the car. This streamlined look is further enhanced by the restyled side mirrors and nearly flush-mounted door handles.
Designers saved some of the biggest changes for the rear, as the 992 has slender taillights that echo those used on the Cayenne, Macan and Panamera. Further below, there’s a new bumper and a relocated license plate area which is now positioned between the exhaust tips. There are also sportier air vents and a larger plastic lower fascia.
Interior takes a page from the Panamera’s book
The 911 might be a brand within the Porsche brand, often showing the way to the rest of the family, but sometimes, it’s the other way around, with the new model taking clues from the latest Panamera. Our spies took a glimpse inside one of the prototypes revealing more comprehensive changes than those made to the exterior of the 992.
The pictures show a new instrument panel that partially imitates the wraparound design of sister company Audi‘s Virtual Cockpit, with a traditional rev counter that encompass a digital display flanked by two large screens in a cluster that extends to the center console touchscreen. Other highlights include the touch-operated switchgear and the new (more minimalist and much smaller) design of the PDK transmission lever.
So, now we know what it’ll look like, but we still know very little about its specifications. Nothing is official, but previous reports have suggested the base Carrera will use a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces around 390 PS (286 kW / 384 hp) and the Carrera S, which seems to be the version captured here thanks to its four exhaust pipes, should have approximately 450 PS (331 kW / 443 hp).
*Update: We caught the new Porsche 992 in other colors, while also getting a look inside the interior. Article has been updated accordingly