It's official! The next generation 911 will be called the 992 and the car has been previewed in three official images. The 992 will be the most advanced 911 in the history when it rolls out sometime later this year.
Porsche revealed the swansong of the 991 gen with the GT3 RS just a few days back. However, the upcoming eight generation 911 was accidentally leaked on the internet sans camouflage. The Porsche test mule has also made many appearances of late be it in the hot weather testing of Arizona or the winter testing in the Lapland. So it was fitting that Porsche wasted no time to make a formal next-gen 911 announcement.
The next generation 992 will carry an evolutionary design as all the 911s before it. However, it will be the most advanced 911 till date. Although it won’t be electric or autonomous, the new 911 will have some form electrification and loads of drivers aid to keep up with the new-age demands. Porsche insists that “the 911 will be one of the last cars to drive autonomously.” But expect a hybrid powertrain to be offered along with the standard gasoline engines.
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, for example, 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. Although Porsche hasn’t revealed any details yet we know that the new 911 will come with the digital instrument cluster.
Powertrain wise, there will be the Turbo S range topper spotted already with 600+bhp from its tuned 3.8-liter flat-six and extra hardware from the GT2 RS. The GT3 may or may not continue to use a naturally aspirated engine and that remains to be seen. Meanwhile, there will be the 911 Speedster making its comeback in the 992-gen after its last iteration in the 997 generation.
More details will be revealed in the coming months as Porsche prepares to introduce the new 911 in fifty-five years. The German carmaker turns 70 this year and what could be a better commemoration of seven decades than a new generation of its iconic sports car.