2018 Porsche 911 seen ahead of launch

The latest Porsche 911 may be set to debut in time for Christmas, but the German firm is already planning ahead to the next generation. The 2018 model has been spotted out in the open during testing free from camouflage.

Different bodywork to that seen on the recently announced facelift version can be seen as Porsche is believed to be testing a new chassis. The extended wheel arches appear to be hiding a wider rear axle, while a bespoke cover over the fuel filler cap hints at a new system.

The incoming 911 marks more than just the continuation of the model’s lifecycle but the arrival of Porsche’s hybrid powertrain as an option. The test model seen on the road could include the drive system – another reason for its wider rear section – and Porsche representatives have already stated the need for new sources of power for the car.

Porsche 911 Product Line Director Erhard Mössle has noted that the sports car specialists need to remain competitive with the likes of Tesla and its electric vehicles. On the manufacturer’s plans he has commented: "It’s clear that we have to do something. We have to meet the CO2 regulations in 2020. The technology available is not far away from meeting our goals for such a car in terms of range and charging speed.”

The combustion-powered 2018 911 models will likely be fitted with the 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat six engine that debuted in the face-lifted 911 Carrera. Any styling changes are expected to be subtle, while inside a major change could see an all-digital dashboard fitted.

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