Porsche is busy developing the new generation 911 to replace the current 991.2 which was introduced in 2015. A whole convoy of the new-gen 911 (speculated called 992) showed up on the streets of Arizona a few months back. Apart from the camouflaged exterior, we also got a glimpse of what is inside the cabin.
The convoy spotted was on the Milton Road near the Grand Canyon. The German carmaker might be there for hot weather testing of the new-gen 911. The eight-generation 911 will sport a single strip of LED for the tail lights as seen on the second-gen 971 Porsche Panamera revealed earlier this year. The overall design won’t deter from the classic 911 layout as it hasn’t since its inception. The headlamps though will get a new signature which will debut in all future Porsches in coming years.
The next 911 will be built on a new modular platform and feature a wider range of powertrains. This is also expected to include its first ever hybrid set-up. While Porsche is working on a pure-electric production version Mission E for a 2020 debut, other cars in its range – such as the new Panamera and this all-new 911 – will bolster their engines with electric power to boost both performance and efficiency.
But what the Porsche purists will cringe about in the new 911 will be the all-instrument cluster. Porsche’s current instrument binnacle is dominated by a large tachometer in the centre flanked by essential details on either side. The analogue needle on the speedometer racing towards the north every time the throttle is smashed on the floor will be missed by the purists on the digital screen. Thankfully, Porsche will retain the analogue needle on the tacho to save the true appeal of the 911.
More details of the new 911 will be revealed in the coming months. The sports car is expected to go north now for the winter testing in Laplands. More variants of the 911 such as the Cabriolet, Targa and Turbo will also show up in the days to come. So stay tuned.