Replacing the 911 has always been an arduous and challenging feat that Porsche has been nailing for years now. For the upcoming eight-gen range, Porsche has started the development and here we have the very first shots of a prototype undergoing cold-climate tests at the Nurburgring race track.
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.
Porsche's chairman, Oliver Blume, recently said that the 911 is a likely candidate for hybrid power too. Although the current 991 generation received a batch of ‘991.2’ updates in 2015, including a new range of turbocharged engines, it was originally launched back in 2011. The next 911 is expected to offer more in terms of efficiency and rear world performance with its hybrid setup and lightened mechanicals.