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India-bound new-gen Porsche 911 spied undisguised at the ‘Ring

September 11, 2018, 05:56 PM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
India-bound new-gen Porsche 911 spied undisguised at the ‘Ring

-    The 992-gen 911 is expected to be officially revealed in the next few weeks. 

-    The new line-up of the 911 is expected to drop the naturally-aspirated motor altogether and only use turbocharged units across the range. 

-    The 992 will be the most advanced 911 in the history says the carmaker.

Porsche has been prepping the new-gen 911 for quite some time now and we have seen the prototype on many occasions already. An undisguised test mule in white was spotted earlier this month and now two test mules of the German sports car were spotted winging around at the Nurburgring sans any camouflage.

The 992 generation 911 will adopt an evolutionary design as all the 911s before it. However, it will be the most advanced 911 to date, claims the carmaker. Although it won’t be electric or autonomous, we know that the new 911 will have use some form of electrification and loads of driver’s aids to keep up with the new-age demands. Porsche insists that “the 911 will be one of the last cars to drive autonomously.” But we expect a hybrid powertrain to be offered along with the standard gasoline engines. According to recent reports, the revamped 911 will drop its naturally aspirated powertrain for good. All the variants of the iconic sports car, including the performance-oriented GT3 and GT3 RS, might employ the turbocharged 3.0-litre flat-six engine.

The 992 will ride on the advanced version of the MMB platform. Looking at the spy shots, we can safely say that the new car is wider than before and has some subtle design changes. The taillights will run along the back of the car and there will be vertical slats for air vents above it. The bumper design will be majorly reworked as well. The front bumpers seem to have active shutters on the air dams which can open at higher speeds by pushing air through the wheel arches, consequently increasing the downforce. 

The silhouette of the 911 has retained its iconic profile. The low-slung nose inching ahead of the tail light also gets a squared-off front hood. The blue mule has dual circular exhaust integrated into the rear bumpers while the orange mule was sporting quad-exhaust set-up. The active rear wing was also seen in action on both the prototypes. 

Although Porsche hasn’t revealed any details yet we know that the new 911 will come with the digital instrument cluster. An analogue tachometer will be in the middle, flanked by digital gauges on either side. There will be a new infotainment screen as well with plethora of information and below it will be plenty of buttons for other controls. 

Porsche hasn’t confirmed the exact date yet, but given that the camouflage-free prototypes are already out, the official reveal could be just around the corner. Once it goes on sale internationally, it will surely make its way to India sometime next year. 

 

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