The new 911 will be revealed late this year or early next, initially in Carrera and Carrera S guises.
The 911 Turbo should trail the basic models by six months to a year. We expect it to go on sale in the United States late next year as a 2020 model.
The prototype may look like testers for the Carrera Cabrio. However, a number of clues identify it as the Turbo Cabrio.
The pumped fenders are housing a widened track, while the gaping hole in the flanks and the cooling vents at either side of the rear fascia indicate an engine with extra potency. This prototype still sports a pair of round exhaust tips but on the final model should be a set of quad-exhaust tips with a squared-off design.
The powertrain for the new Turbo will be a twin-turbocharged flat-6, as was the case for its predecessors. With the current Turbo putting out 540 horsepower, expect this new one to have something in the 580-600 range. All-wheel drive and rear-wheel steering will be standard.
Though yet to be confirmed, it’s possible the Turbo S will pair an electric motor with the twin-turbo engine to deliver something approaching 700 hp. Recall, Porsche is once again open to electrifying the 911, and the next Turbo is a good starting point. It fits with Porsche’s top-down strategy for electrification, which has seen a hybrid powertrain used for the range-topping Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.
Other Turbo-spec upgrades over the Carrera should include stiffer suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes, and more complex aero.
Stay tuned for updates as development continues.