Porsche engineers are testing prototypes for the updated 911 and a new model has been discovered.
Previously, we brought you spy shots of prototypes for updated 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo WILLand today we have spy photos and video of a person testing whether there is a possibility that the 911 Carrera has been updated.
The current 911 arrives in 2018 as a 2020 model, initially in Carrera and Turbo guise. Given the typical seven- to eight-year lifespan of a 911, we should see this updated version launch in 2023, possibly a 2024 model.
Styling tweaks will be mild, with the prototype revealing a new front fascia with larger intakes with operable vertical flaps. There is also an additional sensor located under the license plate.
Moving to the rear, we notice a new design for the engine side vents and exhaust tips mounted closer to the center. This supports rumors that we could see a new engine introduced with this update, namely a larger naturally aspirated engine like Porsche’s 4.0 liter flat offered in range 718, starting at 394 hp. Current Carrera models come with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo, six-cylinder engine that starts at 379 hp.
There is some content for rumors. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Porsche’s chief engineer for the 911, said in a 2020 interview that new emissions regulations planned for Europe around the middle of the decade would be in place. Larger engines return in favor of downsized units. The new rules appear to aim to match lab-tested fuel economy with real-world figures.
911 fans have a lot to look forward to in the next few years. In addition, the test is also a prototype for a 911 GT3 RS and a high riding variant possibly named 911 Safari. There will also be the aforementioned updated Turbo variants that will continue to deliver supercar-like performance.