Spied: Porsche begins testing next-gen 911


Seventh-generation Porsche 911 slated to debut by 2018

Five years have passed since Porsche introduced the 991 series of their perennial sports car, the 911. Recently updated, it signaled the eventual arrival of the next-gen model and our spies have snapped photos of a test mule out on public roads. Spies say that this all-new model is slated to debut for 2018.

According to our source, the seventh-generation 911 will be riding on an all-new modular platform that will not only underpin this model but also the next-generation 718 Boxster and Cayman. Our source adds that this architecture may also be the basis for future Lamborghini cars, as well as the next Audi R8. As the automotive industry warms up to electrically-assisted powertrains, there is a possibility that the 2018 911 may get a hybrid option.

The car seen here is merely a test mule, meaning this particular 911 is still far from its final shape. It does however come with modified bodywork that hints some of the changes that may be applied in the production version. Up front, the test mule uses a set of wider front fenders lifted from the GT3 RS. Seeing the wheels fill up the arches, it suggests that the front track of the car has also been widened. Like front section of the car, the rear also gets a wider track.

Following Porsche tradition, expect a range of different bodystyles starting with the coupe. A convertible will eventually follow, as well as the Targa. As for the engines, it is likely that Porsche will continue with the downsized and turbocharged route the updated 911 Carerra started. At the moment, the Carrera range is powered by a twin-turbo, 3.0 liter flat-six engine with 370 PS in the Carrera and 420 PS in the Carrera S. There is a possibility that it may receive a slight power increase. It is yet unknown if the next-gen GT3 and GT3 RS will retain naturally aspirated engines.

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