Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Porsche gives sneak peek at new 911 prototype

Porsche gives sneak peek at new 911 prototype

The image above has emerged as Porsche casts some light on the testing programme the 992-generation of 911 has been put through.

The latest prototypes, which show both the Carrera and Carrera S, are nearly completely devoid of camouflage gear, and they also reveal most of the interior including a new digital dash.

The home straight for the new Porsche 911: the eighth generation of the sports auto classic will come to European market at the beginning of 2019. At the end of the tests, Porsche says it will have driven the new 911 for about 3 million kilometers, or 1.86 million miles.

The testing focuses primarily on the chassis and engine, which have been enhanced even further to increase both performance and everyday use. The new driver assistance systems and extended connectivity must also rise to the challenges of the strenuous testing marathon: Porsche Connect differs from country to country, so testing its operation and functions is very resource-intensive. Interior components must not expand or contract and make noises when exposed to extreme heat.

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On sale in 2019, the 2020 Porsche 911 is essentially all new. In Finland's 35 degrees Celsius below freezing point, testing focuses on functions such as cold start, heating, traction, handling and braking behaviour, as well as the response speed of the control systems related to driving dynamics.

The carmaker also tested the Porsche 911 in the European Arctic Circle areas and during endurance runs on the road and tracks in China to check the reliability on fuels of various qualities.

They are also being put to the test across huge elevation changes, spanning as low as 90 metres below sea level in Death Valley, USA, and up to 4.3km above sea level on Mount Evans in Colorado. Porsche says the test cars will have completed a total test run of 3 million kilometers when they have served their objective, and part of that is, of course, testing at the legendary Nürburgring, where many 911 customers will undoubtedly take their new pride and joy.

The nextgeneration 911 has proved to be the vehicle of all times.

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