The car will be a crucial product for Porsche as it will be the first to come with the option of an electrically assisted powertrain.
Speaking to Autocar last year, Porsche engineers confirmed they were working on how to package a hybrid powertrain in the 911’s body – something that could also account for the wider stance of development cars.
Porsche 911 product line director Erhard Mössle, now retired, said at the time: Porsche “We have to meet the CO2 regulations in 2020. The technology available is not far away from meeting our goals for such a car in terms of range and charging speed.”
Since then, Porsche has also confirmed the arrival of a Mission E all-electric model by the end of the decade.
The car maker already has hybrid powertrains in its Cayenne SUV and Panamera saloon, with both cars using the same supercharged 3.0-litre petrol engine in combination with an electric motor. The 918 Spyder also features a hybrid powertrain, which mates a 4.6-litre V8 engine with two electric motors.
Those aerodynamic aids are leftovers from the current model, though. In fact, much of what we see here is current-generation Turbo S equipment, including the lights, bumpers, and the rear wing. Where this car differs is in the fenders. Porsche bolted up some very aggressive fender flares to widen the body and fit fat tires to this test car. This should help give the new Turbo S more grip and make it quicker on the track. The air intakes are much more aggressive on this car than the current Turbos, as well as the prototype Turbo we saw earlier.
Outside of the wide body, there isn’t much else to spot on this 911. We currently expect to see the new base model 911 sometime next spring at the earliest. Using that timeline, the 911 Turbo and Turbo S will probably be revealed later in the year, perhaps winter of 2018. We also anticipate the new generation of 911 Turbo cars will produce more than 600 horsepower. And whatever power the regular 911 Turbo makes, the Turbo S will make more.