And here it is in all of its glory.
Despite it’s recent update and new turbocharged flat-six engines, the 991 Porsche 911 has been around for nearly seven years, and its replacement is due to arrive in 2019. We’ve already brought you spy shots of the next generation 911 wearing what looks to be a production body, though camouflaged in places. But there’s absolutely no mistaking it’s a 911. And now, YouTuber Carspotter Jeroen managed to grab some footage of the next 911 in the flesh, this time testing at the Nurburgring.
How do we know this is the next 911 and not some upcoming version of the existing generation? There are several exterior design changes, specifically the rear end design features a new LED light strip reminiscent of the Mission-E concept and a larger and wider spoiler.
The front hood also goes directly to the bumper, a styling cue that harkens back to the old air-cooled 911s. The sound of this test mule’s rear-mounted engine is, without question, forced induction, which should surprise no one. Like with today’s top tier 911s, specifically the GT3 and GT3 RS, naturally aspirated flat-sixes will be limited to only these next-gen premium versions as well. We also just learned that Porsche has ultimately opted not to continue development on a plug-in hybrid setup, citing excess weight and cost as the main reasons why. What can be guaranteed is that both the next 911 Carrera and Carrera S will be faster than their predecessors, although they won’t look all that much different.