It's hard to believe, but the current-generation Porsche 911, the 991, has been with us since 2011. That means it's high time for , code-named 992, and our spy photographer has caught Porsche testing this exact model at the Nürburgring. With very little camouflage, this is our best look yet at the next generation of one of the most important sports cars in the world.
The thing that jumps out first is the spoiler. It's active, just like it's been on every 911 Carrera since the 964 of 1989, but it's much wider than before, basically moving a portion of the entire rear bodywork up and down. Other changes are much more subtle—there's a new three-dimensional light bar taillight, similar to those on the new Panamera and Cayenne. New doorhandles seem to sit more flush with the bodywork, possibly to reduce drag. The trunklid looks more squared-off than that of the 991, coming to a point further down the front bumper and evoking early "longhood" 911s.
The exhaust pipes now exit near the license plate. The red car sports a quad-tailpipe setup like the current 911 Carrera S, while the blue car has two larger pipes that remind us of those on the 911 GT2 RS. Those rear fenders look pretty wide, too, like those on the current Carrera 4 models.
Cooling ducts on the rear bumpers indicate that this car will be turbocharged, just like current versions of the 911 Carrera. We wouldn't be surprised to see the new 911 use the 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six from the current generation, likely making more power.
Porsche's design approach with the 911 is typically evolution over revolution, and that won't change with this one. Which means that, yes, it'll still have its engine behind the rear axle, unlike the mid-engine 911 RSR race car.
As for when we'll see the next 911 make its official debut? We don't know precisely, but it should be within the next six months, possibly at the LA Auto Show in November, or the Geneva Motor Show next March.