The next Porsche 911 has been spotted in convertible, revealing more of its design early in the development of pre-production.
Spied here with a brand new body, the biggest changes to the outer appearance of the 911 to be concentrated at the rear. Like its bigger brothers and sisters, the new 2019 Porsche 911 incorporates a full-width taillight bar, again giving the car a 993 puff on its rear view. A full-width rear wing with greater integration of the bonnet cover and rear screen is also available. This connection to the 993 is also visible at the front, with a new square hood that connects to the bumper and wings. The hood of the current car is rounded for reference, but it gives a subtly different face to a car that seems to evolve more slowly than us. Another detail of the development car reveals the possible use of offset wheel sizes. The car seen here in images seems to be recognizable 20-inch wheels from the current 911 on the front axle and what appears to be 21-inch Panamera wheels on the rear axle.
The new 2019 Porsche 911 cabin is where we expect the biggest aesthetic changes, and now we have new images to support the theory. Mischievous in disguise, the new 911 seems to adopt the same combination of analog and digital instruments as in the new Panamera and Cayenne. Mimicking the five classic dials of the current car’s cluster, the screens try to retain all that remains of Porsche’s iconic interior design language, but add a crucial modern touch to the 911 package. The new 911 will feature the same 12.3-inch infotainment screen as the Panamera, as well as a similar center console with black panels, reducing the number of buttons and cleaning inside the ugly blank switches. The steering wheel is also new, with a slightly revised central hub and convex spokes. To expand the Infotainment screen, we expect the dashboard to be significantly different from the current model.
There could be a 2019 Porsche 911 central engine model at some point, however. Porsche already has a mid-engine 911 race car, and the leaders have alluded to a 911-powered central road car. Unfortunately, plans for a Porsche autonomous central supercar have been put on the back to free up resources for the development of electric car technology.
Expect the next generation of 911 to be introduced in 2018, initially in the Carrera and Carrera S basic models. The car should arrive as a model 2019. Shortly after the debut of the coupe, we will see the convertible. The power for both will come from the same 6-cylinder 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine that debuted in the 2017 911. At present, the engine delivers 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft torque in the Carrera and 420 hp and 368 lb-ft in the Carrera S.