The journey never stops, particularly for Porsche. As enthusiasts eagerly wait for the release of the 2017 lineup of Porsche 911 models, the automaker is busy testing a 2019 prototype of the car considered as one of the best sports cars in the globe. According to the photos of the 2019 Porsche 911 prototype that is codenamed “992”, the design is an evolution of the current model and it continues the 911 gradual evolution. Read along for more information:
2019 Porsche 911 Exterior
After conducting first tests wrapped in the bodies of the current 911, in 2017, Porsche has been testing the model with a mule that is significantly different from the current 911 models. This body features a couple of new LED headlights as well as revised trunk-lid. On the sides, the model features revised rear fenders. At the rear, the next-gen Porsche 911 has new taillights whose design is adopted from the Mission E concept. It retractable rear spoiler has been enlarged.
The 911 will still be offered in a convertible as well as targa bodies and as usual, expect the variants i.e. the Carrera, Turbo and the GTS to have extra upgrades to tell them apart as is the case with the current 911 lineup.
2019 Porsche 911 Interior
As you may have guessed, the interior of the next-gen Porsche 911 is a mystery. Most likely, Porsche has not even started designing the cabin. For 2019, the cabin will most likely be overhauled. Therefore, expect a new dash, a new center console and a revised instrument cluster. I bet the steering wheel will also be revised perhaps to look like that of the 918 Spyder. In terms of technologies, you can expect a new and more advanced infotainment system with a huge screen.
I also expect the seats to be upgraded for better support and comfort. More information will be available close to the model’s release date.
Engine and performance
As of this writing, nothing much is known about what will power the lineup of the 2019 Porsche 911 models. However, on the Carrera and Carrera S models, I expect the current 3.0 L, turbocharged inline-6 mill to carry over. This engine has just been introduced on the model for the 2017 model year replacing the model’s previous natural aspirated mills. Thus, I expect the engine to carry over for the Carrera and Carrera S models for 2019. Currently, the engine produces 370 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque in the Carrera and 420 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque in the Carrera S.
The 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S models are likely to get a new mill or an upgraded version of the current 3.8 L, turbocharged flat-6 engine. Currently, this engine produces 520 hp on the Turbo and 560 hp on the Turbo S. Whatever the case, the mill for 2019 will bump output to around 550 horses for the Turbo and almost 600 hp for the Turbo S.
Porsche is also believed to be working on a new hybrid engine. Most likely, the automaker will adopt the system used by the 919 racecar that combines a flat-four gasoline engine with electric motors. The automaker could also decide to design a new system specifically for the 911.
That is not all. There are also rumors about an all-electric drivetrain for the 2019 Porsche 911. This rumor has some credibility considering the automaker showcased an almost production-ready eclectic vehicle (the Mission E concept) in 2015.
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Price and release date
The model is way too far from its official release date. In fact, Porsche is yet to release prices of all iterations of the 2017 Porsche 911 models. This means an official report on the 2019 model prices is not coming any time soon. However, considering the base 911 starts at $89,400 currently, expect the 2019 model to fetch around $100,000, the Turbo will set one back over $160,000 while the Turbo S could fetch in excess of $200,000 with all option boxes selected. The model will arrive in dealerships in either late 2018 or early 2019.