At this stage, the next-generation Porsche 911 is pretty much a known quantity at least as far as its exterior goes: an evolutionary step from where the Zuffenhausen automaker began treading with the 991. However, the lesser known details surround what will be powering the new range of rear-engine sports cars.
With so many spy photos emerging of the new model ahead of its speculative reveal closer to the at the 2019 Los Angeles Motor Show and eventual on-sale date in late 2019 or early 2020, Porsche themselves have decided to take control of the narrative and give the public some official insight into the car’s late stage testing.
Here, sanctioned ‘spy’ pics show various 911s being put through a series of trials ranging from wet to extreme cold and heat - typical of many cars nearing the end of their cycle under wraps and further feeding into the timetable for a LA Motor Show reveal at the end of November.
These cars are put through some challenging scenarios, especially so due to them being tuned for high performance and thusly boasting lower clearance and comparatively little suspension travel over most other road cars.
Extreme temperature tests ranging from 85 degrees Celcius to below freezing while at high altitude, meanwhile, is a regimen not seen undertaken by Porsche prior to this, ensuring every new or carried over component and system in the new 911 is beyond reproach for reliability and quality.
There are also tests more suited to its strengths, of course, with plenty of track time at the company’s Weissach proving grounds being allocated. Porsche says that they have set consistently and significantly quicker times on a variety of courses over the equivalent variants of the present-day 911.
“In addition to its outstanding performance, it’s the 911’s suitability for daily use that has always put it in a class of its own,” comments Andreas Pröbstle, Project Manager for the Complete Vehicle of the 911.
“That’s why we test the vehicle under all conditions, and in every type of weather and region. The vehicles’ drivetrain must function as flawlessly as its fluids, systems, operating processes and displays – it’s the only way we can be certain that the vehicle is able to travel through all regions of the world without faults,” he adds.