The Porsche 911 is getting a mid-life facelift next year, and the updated sports car has been spotted testing with almost no camouflage. Read on for all you need to know
- New Porsche 911 Turbo S spotted
- Hybrid 911 also confirmed
- 911 Cabriolet spotted
- Pairs flat-six engine with hybrid batteries
- 700hp+ possible
- Design tweaks coming for whole 911 range
- Updated Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 Touring also coming
- Updated 911 is set to arrive in 2023
The new Porsche 911 Turbo S has been spotted out and about with next to no camouflage, giving you the best look yet at what this updated sports car will look like.
A new high-performance hybrid version of the 911 is also on the way, and this alternative to the McLaren Artura and Ferrari 296 GTB could have up to 700hp when it hits the streets.
New Porsche 911 Turbo S Hybrid
The new Porsche 911 hybrid was confirmed by Porsche’s Chief Executive Officer – Oliver Blume – during the firm’s annual press conference. However, prototypes of a new electrified 911 sportscar have already been spotted undergoing testing (shown below).
This prototype (identifiable as a hybrid by the yellow sticker on the rear windscreen) appears to be based on the latest Turbo S model. This suggests you’re looking at a performance hybrid in the same vein as the Cayenne and Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid models.
It’s thought the Porsche 911 Turbo S Hybrid will use the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six as the standard car but could also feature a 136hp electric motor (just like other hybrid Porsches) to produce a total of between 700hp and 800hp.
Although the new hybrid will likely be heavier than the normal 911 Turbo S, it should match, and possibly beat, that car’s impressive 0-60mph time of 2.7 seconds.
New Porsche 911 design
This is your first proper look at the new Porsche 911, and carwow’s spy photographers have caught it out and about with almost no camouflage on.
The front bumper has been completely redesigned for this new model with a load of vertical strakes helping direct air under the car. The headlights are slightly covered up, however you can see the revised LED signature pattern.
The side profile is still instantly recognisable as 911, although this model is sporting a huge new spoiler. It’s not clear which model this is. There are no side vents, suggesting that it doesn’t have the 3.8-litre engine from the Turbo S, so it might be a souped-up version of the Carrera GTS.
The rear bumper has also been tweaked with a new exhaust which exits in the middle. Beyond this it’s pretty much business as usual. You get a full-width light bar, as well as the vents across the top to cool the engine.
The new Porsche 911 Cabriolet has also been spotted testing. It’ll look very similar to the coupe, with the same twin-exit exhausts and larger air intakes. It will retain the fabric roof from the current car as well. You’ll be able to get the Cabriolet in both Turbo and Turbo S models, as potentially as a future hybrid version.
New Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 Touring spotted
Updated version of the Porsche 911 GT3 and the wingless GT3 Touring have also been spotted testing, although these cars appear to be getting minimal cosmetic changes over the current models.
The front end looks more or less identical to the existing GT3, with the more aggressive-looking front bumper and the air intakes cut into the bonnet. It’s a similar story down the side, where the GT3 has flared wheel arches and bigger side skirts than the standard 911.
It’s the rear of the car where things look like they’re changing. The bumper is covered up for now, but it looks like a new diffuser could be on the way. The standard GT3 still has the massive wing, while the touring has a more clean and discreet look.
Don’t expect to see any hybridisation for the GT3. The current car has a 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six , and it’s available with a manual gearbox as well. Porsche may extract a bit more power out of it though. The current car has 510hp and 470Nm of torque, so the updated one could get closer to 550hp.
New Porsche 911 interior and infotainment
No pictures have been revealed yet of the updated Porsche 911’s interior, but don’t expect any major changes.
It’s likely that there will be some new trim options and updated infotainment on offer. Plus there may be some new displays in the gauge cluster hybrid 911s.
New Porsche 911 engines
The updated Porsche 911 is expected to use the same suite of engines as today’s car. Carrera models are likely to be the first to be introduced, followed by Turbo models and eventually an updated GT3.
The upcoming 911 Carrera models will likely retain the current car’s 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-six engine, though power may be nudged up from its current 385hp to possibly more than 400hp.
The 911 GT3 could see a tweaked version of its 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six for more power too, with an increase also possible for the 3.8-litre twin-turbo unit found in the 911 Turbo and Turbo S models. A new hybrid version of the Turbo S range topper could be on the way, too.
When will the new Porsche 911 go on sale?
The new Porsche 911 is likely to go on sale in 2023, with the new Porsche 911 Turbo S Hybrid following in 2024.
No pricing information has been revealed yet, but it’s likely to cost more than the current car. Expect pricing to kick off from around £90,000 for entry-level cars and rise north of £180,000 for the Turbo S hybrid.
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