• Nov 27, 2008
The next Porsche 911, the 998, is doing the rounds on German public roads. By the looks of it, the headlights are more vertical than the current model, and based on what's covered, the front and rear bumpers and valances will see the majority of the work. Intriguingly, the side mirrors on the car are from the 993, which we imagine are for testing purposes only. If the lower rear valance is any indication, the exhaust outlets could come in for revision, as well.
[Source: Global Motors]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      A point of irony when H-D is compared to Porsche. Porsche Engineering designed H-D's Evolution engine and about the same time also designed another water cooled V-4 for H-D that never made it to production.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I guess when you want to liquid cool your engine, you find a person whos done the conversion!

        Porsche made a smooth transition, and the evolution motor (sorry I mean engine, motors are electric) is amazing.

        Do you know if Porsche co developed the new liquid engine used in the Buell 1125CR?

        JT

      • 6 Years Ago
      Porsche wiill continue to fool the masses as long as there are idiots who buy a faulty concept (911) that has been kept alive with one compromise after another. Remember that , proportionally, the 911 cars have killed more people in single-car accidents than any other model in history.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In before "it's the SAME" comments
        • 6 Years Ago
        Porsche keeps their cars the same between models and gets praise, in general.

        Ford keeps the Mustang the same, a couple of small detail changes, but gets canned by the public.

        I do not get this at all.

        Porsche needs to head towards the Cayman shape for the 911, it looks much nicer. They also need to move to a mid-engine as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i remember an interview with a porsche tech-guy and he said big changes were coming to the 911 and he kind of hinted at the fact that "mirror are not needed in modern day cars" (which is kind of true as two interior LCD's hooked-up to cameras would be much more capable) and of course they create extra drag and wind noise
      could that be the reason why the mirrors are simply pasted on from an old model (of course, it could just be 100% mule)

      btw, i think the 997 looks more like the 993 than the 996, i hated the 996 style headlamps
        • 6 Years Ago
        I love the 996 style headlamps. I was upset when they went back to round in the 997s :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a mule.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually I think it's a donkey - the ears are too long for a mule.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the 911, it is now a real modern classic, despite the fact it is still in production and constantly evolving, and spawning amazing variants.

      Just wondering, what happens when they reach 999?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The sign on the back says it all: Lame Changes... oh wait... lane changes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One thing I love about the evolution of the 911 series is an older car is easily mistaken for brand new to the untrained eye. Porsche definitely does things their own way, much like Harley Davidson. Funny, they are two very profitable companies. Is there a lesson for others here???
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Mazda.... the funny thing is.... everything Porsche does is 911 influenced. It's been around for so long, everything the engineers have learned... is the 911.
        It begs to ask the question... is it harder to start from scratch... or harder to keep on improving the same thing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Assass1n:
        " Just look at what happens when they try something different- you end up with the Panamera and Cayenne."

        And the Cayenne became their best-selling model ..
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes... Porsche is stupid for making a profit, for designing if the not the most recognized car on the planet, for creating an everyday supercar that can be tracked and taken to the ball in the same day,... I can go on about how so "STUPID" Porsche is.
        The passion for Porsche will never go away.... the 911 will NEVER go away if that's what you expect.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Mazda FTW!

        I know the answer to that - Carrera GT

        One of the best mid-engine supercars :) and it comes with a proper 6-speed manual!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ assasin, I do see your point, but Porsche has always been able to command a premium, much like Harley Davidson. They provide something beyond numbers and statistics called an experience. Once the unique experience is diluted or disappears, then you could say it is overpriced.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WOW
      what a difference!(sarcasm)
      i don't see how much better it can be after the refresh of the current model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      snorrrre
      • 6 Years Ago
      the camo is not necessary. nobody will notice it's the next gen 911 if there is no camo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        my point is: the changes are so subtle from current 911 to next 911, if you don't put the two cars together you won't see the differences, so the camo otherwise reminds people this is a next gen 911.
        • 6 Years Ago
        People who are interested in cars will notice. You know, the sort of people who read this blog...
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is a huge difference between the same "look" for the past 40 years and the same suspension for the past 40 years.
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