- The 992 911 will be revealed late this year, before hitting the market at the beginning of 2019.
- The test mule of the new-gen 911 has been spotted already on many occasions.
- The German sports car has been put under versatile tests to demonstrate its mettle.
The Porsche 911 will enter into its eighth generation later this year. Called the 992, Porsche has put out a teaser of this new-gen 911 showcasing it undergoing a new set of tests to prove that it is truly the ultimate sports car. The sports car will come to the European market at the beginning of 2019, confirms Porsche but we expect an official reveal by the end of this year.
According to the German car maker, the test mules of the 992 911 has been put through shuttling climates with temperature differences of up to 85 degrees Celsius. They have seen elevation changes spanning up to four kilometres. They have also endured traffic jams in major cities (including San Francisco, Arizona, and Munich) and also have been tested on the race tracks (which we presume to be the Nurburgring).
According to Andreas Probstle, project manager for new 911, the new generation of the iconic sports car should be suitable for daily use as well, apart from the outstanding performance. The air conditioning and the thermal management system along with combustion behaviour of the new 911 has been put through tests in hot regions such as the Middle East and Death Valley in the US.
On the other hand, the cold start, heating and air conditioning, traction, handling and braking behaviour were tested in minus 35 degrees of Finland and the European Arctic Circle. The endurance test was carried out in China’s roads and race tracks besides also proving that the 911 can run reliably despite varying fuel quality. Apart from that, the 911 makes frequent appearances on Nurburgring for the dynamic testing where the engine, transmission, brakes and chassis undergoes gruesome tests. Italy’s Nardo test track is also an important venue for testing the 911.
According to Porsche, by the time the testing is complete, the cars will have been driven around three million kilometres. The 992 911 will adopt an evolutionary design and will be the most advanced 911 to date, claims the carmaker. It will ride on the advanced version of the MMB platform which will make it wider than before. The taillights will run along the back of the car and there will be vertical slats for air vents above it. The front bumpers seem to have active shutters on the air dams which can open at higher speeds thus increasing the downforce.
After it goes on sale in the international markets, Porsche will surely bring the new-gen 911 to India sometime later next year.