New 2024 Porsche 911 could be all you ever need from a sports car
911 will be more varied than ever with the introduction of electric power
Launched in 2019, the 992-generation 911 has a strong array of talent with the convertible, coupe, Turbo, GTS and of course the track-focused GT3 and GT3 RS. Porsche has been testing the revised 911 (we expect it’ll be given the 992.2 designation) for a while and our latest spy shots suggest a full reveal is imminent.
We’ve seen the new car in prototype form in pretty much all of its guises so far and this new test car rids itself of camouflage. It looks like the standard 911, but with a few optional extras including an aerodynamic package.
The front reveals a revised bumper with vertical strakes in the air intakes. There’s also no side air intake in front of the rear wheels, so we assume this is a non-Turbo model. To the rear that large wing looks identical to the ‘SportDesign’ package you can get on the standard 911 and beneath we can see the new exhaust tip layout and bumper design. We’re also expecting some different alloy wheel designs and paint options.
We’ve also seen Porsche testing the GT3 and GT3 Touring, and those designs will ape the standard car’s, with new LED daytime running lights. The GT3 models get a bespoke front and rear bumper and, while it looks unchanged at the front, the rear has some camouflage on it in our pictures, so expect some slight alterations there. The twin-exit central exhaust remains and on the GT3 the swan-neck spoiler looks the same. The GT3 RS was only launched last year so expect the full reveal of the hottest model to arrive later.
Porsche 911 facelift: engines and performance
A new air intake and exhaust system could allow for more power. During the previous generation’s facelift (from 991 to 911.2), Porsche increased the Carrera S’ output from 395bhp to 420bhp and the GTS also received a 20bhp bump. A similar uplift could happen across the standard 911 model range for the updated 992 generation.
The refreshed 911 will also benefit from some chassis tweaks and, perhaps most significantly, a fully digitised cabin that ditches the current model’s analogue rev-counter.
Inside, the facelifted 911 is expected to retain the same basic layout as the existing car. It’ll also benefit from Porsche's latest PCM 6.0 infotainment system, which has just recently been updated to include Spotify music streaming, wireless Android Auto and an improved voice assistant.
However, the updated sports car will move forward with a new, fully digital instrument panel, like that of the Taycan EV. The current model has an analogue rev-counter flanked by two screens, but this could be replaced with a slender curved screen that can display drive mode information, a map for navigation and a feed from the car's night-vision system. Don’t be fooled by the huge central screen in the latest batch of spy imagery. We expect this screen is just for research and development use only.
The next 911 could also receive an improved suite of sensors for more advanced driving-assist technologies. A raft of chassis and handling improvements is also expected to give the 992.2 sharper responses when the driver takes full control.
Porsche has honed the 911's suspension and steering set-up as part of previous mid-life updates, so a returned electric power steering set-up and revised chassis settings are likely. A snappier calibration for the eight-speed PDK gearbox is also possible, although the 992.2 is unlikely to receive significant powertrain revisions.
It will, however, gain a new hybrid variant. The long-awaited electrified 911 will be part of the 992.2 line-up and will be based on the Turbo model. We spotted it testing back in 2021 so it could be ready for launch alongside the facelifted 911. The electrically assisted 911 could also end up producing more power than the 641bhp 911 Turbo S and become the most potent 911 available, possible with the GT2 moniker.
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