It looks like the real deal.
Porsche is preparing to unleash the all-new 911 later this year, which will be available with a hybrid powertrain for the first time in the model's history. Codenamed '992,' reports suggest the 2019 Porsche 911 will debut at the Paris Auto Show in October. In the meantime, we've already seen camouflaged prototypes being put through their paces in the snow, but this latest leaked photo posted on Instagram claims to have captured the German sports car completely undisguised.
It hasn't been officially verified, but, unless someone is incredibly adept at Photoshop, it looks like the real deal to us. Taken from inside a Porsche facility, we only have a shot of the car's rear end to go on, but it looks significantly different to the current 991 series. Specifically, the user claims to have taken the photo at the Porsche Zentrum Augsburg in Gersthofen, Germany. Design changes in the leaked image, which has since been removed from Instagram, appear to match the pre-production prototype we've previously seen in spy shots. We can see the new 2019 Porsche 911 sports new taillights with a full-width horizontal strip and much wider wheel arches than the current car.
It also doesn't have a license plate, so you probably won't see it on the public road any time soon. The wider rear and quad exhaust tips suggest we're looking at the Carrera S version of the new 911. Reports suggest the 2019 911 will be powered by an upgraded version of the current car's turbocharged flat-six. The base Carrera will reportedly have 400 hp, while the Carrera S will be bumped up to 450 hp. Further up the range, the Turbo S version of the 992 generation is said to gain an extra 40 hp, bringing the total output to 620 hp. A 48V mild hybrid system will also be available, with an electric motor producing a combined output of 485 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque.
Despite the extra weight from the battery, 0-62 mph will take 3.5 seconds before the hybrid 911 reaches a top speed of 197 mph. While we probably won't see the new 911 break cover until later this year, we'll get to see the facelifted 911 GT3 RS debut at next month's Geneva Motor Show after images leaked online earlier this month.