EXCLUSIVE: Porsche 992 spotted testing already
This Porsche 911 prototype may not be set to win any beauty contests however, it is hugely important. That’s because this test mule marks our first look at the 992-type neunelfer.
While the second generation Porsche 991 Carrera has only just been launched, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Zuffenhausen is already preparing for the 911’s next major overhaul as the Porsche 992 is due to be launched in just two years time at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Aesthetically, the first generation 991 body shell tells us little about how the Porsche 992 is going to look (although, style-wise, Zuffenhausen always chooses to adopt an ‘evolution rather than revolution’ approach).
The body of this 992 prototype does give some clues about the mechanical side of the next-gen neunelfer however, specifically the tacked-on rear arch extenders, that suggest the new Porsche 911 will again increase in size come 2017.
This could be to provide the next neunelfer with more mechanical grip (and would follow with the increase in rear tyres size seen on the 991.2 Carrera and Carrera S).
However, it is more likely a move to provide greater space in the floorpan in order to fit in the rumoured hybrid system that is set to see the Porsche 911 follow in the footsteps of Porsche’s hypercar, the 918 Spyder.