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2011 Porsche 911 - Click above for a high-res image gallery of spy shots

With every iteration of the 911, Porsche makes incremental improvements to its iconic sports car and naturally, the next generation will be no exception.

This latest 911 prototype was caught at the Nurburgring sporting 997 sheetmetal, but it's what's on top and out back that deserves note. A double-bubble roof panel has been fitted, while underneath the rear camouflage is a sizeable wing and additional ducting. Look closely and you'll see a small sill at the base of the rear windscreen that's assumed to be feeding the rear-mounted flat-six – likely necessary keep the boxer cool while Porsche engineers figure out how the new contoured roof affects aerodynamics. If previous reports are to be believed, we can expect the next 911 to debut sometime in 2010, but we wouldn't rule out an appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Next gen? Can't tell the difference from current gen. No wonder this car doesn't need camo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Eh, a couple of lines on the roof hardly make it a "double bubble" design, IMO. I also think it's silly to believe the engineers aren't aware of "how the contoured roof affects aerodynamics."
        • 5 Years Ago
        that is all it ever is, a vette is the classic double bubble and look at that, the prius rocks one also. all very aerodynamic cars
        • 5 Years Ago
        The effect is probably negative, but totally negligible.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll post this again, since a few people read the first page or replies...

      Thats not a 998, and why make a mule using the 997 body when we've already seen the 998 prototypes already?
      Notice the real 998 is lower, longer and has door mounted side mirrors like the new Panamera.

      998 Spy photos:

      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that... the Stig?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I own a 2006 C4S and all I can say is that Porsche is doing the right thing by keeping the design basically the same over the years. When I went out to buy a 911 I wanted a 911. The same desire that I had as a kid when I was 12 with car posters on my wall. The fact that the car looks very similar only makes that thrill even more exciting to me. As long as the car is technologically advanced and keeps pushing the performance envelope, they could keep the body exactly the same for 40 more years. I'd still buy a "newer" one for the advancements. Heck I'm already looking at a Turbo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its still good. I'd rather have Porsche not change much than risk the possibility of them doing something along the lines of chopping 2 doors off the Panamera.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think BoxerFanatic is spot on. In terms of styling, I actually think the 997 looks notably different to the 996. And I'm not sure why there is always such a debate over the lack of change in styling in the 911 when lots of other cars are at least as guilty if not more...the Corvette and Viper for example?
        • 5 Years Ago
        i agree that their are obvious differences, but to say that the vette and viper are equally prone to all looking alike is rediculous

        look at a 53, 67, and 07 vette and tell me that it is just as bad as the 911

        the viper crammed more styling change into one generation than porsche has rung out of the 911 in 20+ years
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 911 is like the iPhone. Great invention, great design. So good that they never want to change the design. All they do is change the hardware.

      From the customer's POV, this is a great PITA.

      "Hey, guess what? I just got myself a new 911!"
      "No, not really. The kink in the taillight shows that you have the 08 model. You clearly got ripped off by the dealer..."
      • 5 Years Ago
      the 996 and 997 MK I are technically more brothers than the 997 MK-I compared to the 997 MK-II (facelift). so my guess is that the next 911 which is called 991 (not 998) will mainly focus on changes on the outside/aerodymaics but it will almost stay the same as the current 997 facelift under the hood. which isn`t bad of course, cause the new DI engine and the PDK are simply awesome and will still be in 2 years. by the way 2010 is rubbish, sept. 2009 even more, 2011 the earliest.
      • 5 Years Ago
      1) Why even bother taping up the Porsche emblem on the hood?

      2) Forget the roof... is that an adjustable front splitter?
        • 5 Years Ago
        HAHAHAHA! I was thinking the exact same thing when I saw the emblem was blacked out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, at least we know what it will look like. A great car in need of a new style.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It won't change style. Don't you all get that?
        I saw a 10-15 year old Corvette on the road the other day and it looked like a piece of crap. I saw a early 90's 994 and a mid 90's 993 and they looked beautiful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would think that the Cayman would be the better candidate for a complex-countoured roofline...

      The arch on the cayman's roof is much more pronounced, and the center could benefit from being lowered.

      Incremental changes is what Porsche does best. I wish other companies would learn a little from that.

      Take core competencies, and make improvements when neccessary or justifiable, but not just for the sake of making changes.

      Frankly Cayenne, and Panamera aren't the most striking designs in their class, but 997 is still iconic, and 987 could be, if it were allowed out of 997's shadow.

      Instead, companies like Mazda focus on front-drivers, and Subaru makes another ugly car, with less enthusiasm than the previous version (Legacy, could argue Impreza did the same last year.) Neither are being very true to their core competencies.

      Change for the sake of change is not always a desirable thing, unless there is something that is truly better to offer.
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