The 992 generation of Porsche’s core model is probably one of the worst kept (and most predictable in more ways than one) secrets in the company’s history.
That’s because we’ve already seen it almost totally undisguised at the end of this summer. Still, the moment the first official photos of an all-new Porsche 911 generation get leaked on the web remains a special moment. These three poor resolution pics sent to Jalopnik by an anonymous tipster are as official as they can be and show us the 992 generation in all its (pixelated) glory. As you would expect, there’s nothing surprising about the look of the eighth-generation 911.
The sports car carries on with the round headlamps, the iconic side profile, and the muscular rear haunches — the latter elements appear more pronounced than on its predecessor.
As for the taillights, they get a more significant overhaul than their front counterparts. They are slimmer than before and connected by an illuminated light strip that helps make the car look wider. The dimensions aren’t available yet but don’t expect big changes over the current 991.
The engine will continue to sit on the rear axle, there will be both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants, as well as tens of derivatives. There will be revised turbocharged flat-six engines with outputs of 385 hp in the base 911 Carrera and 450 hp in the Carrera S. The most important mechanical upgrade we know of so far is a new eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission replacing the current seven-speed unit. A seven-speed manual gearbox will be also available.
As previous spy shots have shown, designers had more freedom to unleash their creativity on the inside of the 911 than outside. The dashboard is more sophisticated than on the current model and gains a new instrument cluster where four of the five gauges are now digital. The cabin also gains new switchgear, gearshift levers, and climate control unit.
If like us, you lust for more photos and information about the 991, you should know Porsche will officially unveil the new 911 on November 27 on the eve of the 2018 LA Auto Show, at 8 p.m. local time.