• Jan 26, 2010
Next generation Porsche 911 – Click above for high-res image gallery

No other automaker subscribes to the "evolution, not revolution" idiom more than Porsche, and the next generation 911 will benefit from yet another styling refresh later this year in the form of some subtly tweaked sheetmetal and a new set of LED indicators that join the current model's daytime running lights.

Although the front-mounted LEDs are the most glaring addition, these newest spy shots hint at slightly reworked front and rear fascias, Panamera-inspired mirrors and the possible addition of a retractable rear spoiler. If we had to guess, we'd expect the newest 911 to debut either at the Geneva Motor Show in March or the Paris show this October, with a few minor mechanical updates and the usual assortment of interior upgrades.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Guys, this is clearly a 998 mule. There is not gonna be a 997.3!
      I thought you knew by now that Porsche doesn't facelift one generation twice. There isn't gonna be anything like a 997.3 on the Geneva show or the Paris show. Get real...
      • 4 Years Ago
      With the raised tail, flares, and the long wheelbase, the 911 finally looks sleek. GOD BE PRAISED.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are obviously trying to camo this as a 997.2 turbo. I wonder what it REALLY looks like, underneath... will be interesting to see.

      LED indicators were not really that new on the Turbo and GT2 before, with the little winglet looking ones in the radiator intakes.

      I would like to know more about the roof... it looks like it might have a bigger sunroof in it. And the side mirrors are post-mounted, instead of tied to the A-pillar triangle... which is a bit of a change.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ummm....

        The 959 is clearly based on the 911/930. The unit body is the same... under all the specialized fenders and wide-body accoutrements. It isn't like the modern Carrera GT that was a completely separate chassis development, and a different layout than the 996 and 997, and shares almost zero parts content.

        The drivetrain, and the on-board mechanical systems are well above and beyond the 911/930, certainly, but the main basic structure is definitely a derivation. (which is why it uses the same glass shapes and roof skin.)

        Next news flash...
        The 959's rival, the 288 GTO ferrari... was based on the Ferrari 308 berlinetta. :shocker:
        • 4 Years Ago
        The general shape of it reminds me a bit of the 959 (my favorite 911 offshoot ever!)

        I think the rims are bigger, making the whole car look more compact and sporty.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @BigDumbFace

        the 959 has nothing to do with the 911.
        it shares some part, ut none of the mechanical.
        maybe the windows alone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It looks like the fixed the flared fender machine too... It might be time to move out of my 993TT. Waaaay too early to tell...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Noticed the roof too...was wondering if that was a bigger sunroof or maybe a TT-type air device
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Boxer: At first I thought it was a targa roof, but I noticed the rear roof line doesn't cut off like a targa does. You may be right, it could be a multi-panel roof. Then again it could just be another sticker. They know what they want to show off. They know those stickers don't fool anyone either.
      JDM Life
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so really really LED indicators, or just round cutouts in the front camo w/ the nice fake fog light.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The rich mans "Mustang" a new edition every week lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a longer body, or it could be the fake rear spoiler. The 911's are getting harder to tell the difference between them, but are they going to be 988 or 987.2?
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMG! LED indicators? NOO WAAYY! I'm definitely buying one now for sure!
        • 4 Years Ago
        New 911, although not revolution, the evolution is always an improvement mrmotortweeter.com
        • 4 Years Ago
        I feel sorry for the people with 2010 911s that have now been rendered obsolete. If I owned one I would probably sell it right away. I mean, who wants to be remembered as that guy who missed out on the first Porsche with LED indicators?
        • 4 Years Ago
        dear nastinupe,
        its just easier for those spyshotfotographers to get se shots up there in scandinavia where the pack is complete. its much harder to catch se prototypes which are been tested across europe. thats se only reason for all those wintershots u get of them german cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Do Germans ever test their cars in NORMAL weather conditions. It seems like every time they are out testing some car, it's on the worst snow day of the year.

        Or maybe the testing crews just like to drift in cars that they don't have to pay for new tires or damage caused buy hitting something from getting to brake happy.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't understand why light emitting diodes, which have been used in a wide-array of computer/media related applications for over a decade now and at a ridiculous cost are seen as a premium addition to cars. That, and I wonder why it took so God damn long to transition towards them (hell, we still haven't abandoned halogen lamps).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Theres an exponential curve of cost/complexity when implementing LEDs bright enough for use in auto application. Theres heat dissipation issues with large diodes, and environment-proofing the element and electronics is difficult too. Its not like an incandescent bulb, which scales up fairly uniformly.

        I work in transportation and i've met with reps from the big home and transport lighting suppliers over the years.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because they aren't just decoration on a car.

        They have to have enough luminance to be visible in direct sunlight, or in addition to the car's headlights at night.

        They have to be visible, brightly from a wide angle, which LEDs do less well. That almost always requires optics.

        They have to be thermally efficient, and the housing has to be durable, including the circuit paths. Heat, cold, and shock resistant. High output LEDs can suffer if they get too hot, or possibly too cold, where standard old LEDs aren't as finicky, but also not as bright.

        The LEDs have to be of a consistently high quality, and consistent brightness, from a manufacturing standpoint... a bunch of dud, or dim LEDs would not be good in a permanent automotive fixture that no longer has replaceable bulbs.

        There are engineering, manufacturing, and practical performance issues to take into account... and they are coming along. Some cars have had LED lighting for a while now... others stick to what is proven until LED real-world performance proves itself durable in endurance and performance tests.

        Personally, I am still waiting for someone to come out with a thin (half-inch by 6 inch long, or so) LED strip foglight fixture that isn't ricey blue-white. Blue hues are the worst for fog light performance, and get reflected back too easily. I want one that is either selective yellow (not amber... bright yellow) or warm white, or a combination of both, with the proper high-output LEDs, and the optics for a nice wide-splay, short-length consistent brightness fog light pattern.

        Hopefully LEDs do well... but there are considerations other than just slappin' some computer case lighting on the front of a car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Notice: The round emblem covered on the hood. Looks more like a VW badge than the Porsche shield. ...Interesting.
      No doubt it's a Porsche though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it's clearly a turbo too, check out the sticker!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think they have caught more in these photos than they realize. I believe this is the new Turbo S.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's up with the naysayers above? E N V Y .
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