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New 2019 Porsche 911 spied – everything you need to know

Jordan Katsianis
11 Dec 2017

Development of the new 911 continues with big changes due underneath and inside for Porsche’s core model

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A shot of the interior of the next generation Porsche 911 has emerged, it shows a full view of the inside of the up-coming sports car with very few elements disguised. The image joins a collection of shots that hint at what the entire car will look like. What we can tell is that, as with every generation of the 911, the new model won’t look dramatically different from the current car but it will showcase another leap in chassis and interior technology.

The latest image shows a lot more of the future car’s interior than we’ve seen before. As expected, there’s a Panamera-style centre console with gloss black surfaces and very few buttons. There’s also a wide infotainment screen in the centre of the dash with the same clean, black and white graphics that made a debut on the Panamera.

> Click here for our review of the Porsche Panamera

Between the gloss black panels we can see the new PDK gear selector. Rather than the tall ball-topped lever that the current car uses, this is a small, rectangular shaped device. It looks as though it isn’t designed to change up or down through the ratios, however, and is just used select drive, reverse or park. The wheel-mounted paddles will be the only way to manually change gears.

If a proper manual gearbox will be available, we hope the location on the cup holder we can see in this latest spy shot – not far behind the PDK gear selector – is moved. It looks to be in the exact place that your elbow will sit when you’re changing gear.   

The 911’s famous five-dial instruments have also changed significantly; two screens have replaced the outer four dials. These displays look, from the picture, as though they can be configured to look like four dials but we suspect the two pairs can be combined to create two bigger screens, much like the Panamera’s dash. Purists can breathe a sigh of relief, however, because the centre dial is still a proper analogue rev counter.

> Find out what the current Porsche 911 is like to drive

The design of the steering wheel has also been altered. Thankfully not dramatically, considering how well received the 918-style steering wheel has been on modern Porsches. What we can see, however, is a collection of buttons filling in the two horizontal spokes that, it’s safe to assume, control the infotainment and dash displays. 

What will the next generation 2019 Porsche 911 look like?

Although disguised, the biggest changes to the 911’s exterior we can see from the spy shots look to be concentrated around the rear. They show the car with a light that stretches across the entire rear like on the current Carrera 4S. This car could be the next-generation Carrera 4S or, like the latest Panamera and Cayenne, it could be that every car in the 911 range will get a full-width rear light bar. It wouldn’t be the first time, both the 964 and 993 generation 911s had a similar design feature. The similarity to the 993 isn’t limited to rear light bar, the squared-off bonnet with matching bumper and wings is reminiscent of the ‘90s 911 too.

Again at the rear of the new car is a full-width wing as well as a sleeker slatted engine cover and rear screen. The stuck-on central brake light doesn’t look as well integrated, but we suspect that’s just for the development mules.

> Click here for our passenger ride in the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2019 Porsche 911 technical details

A detail that the development cars reveal is the possible use of staggered wheel sizes. The car seen here in pictures seems to be running 20-inch wheels recognisable from the current 911 on the front axle and what look to be Panamera-sourced 21-inch wheels on the rear axle. Porsche has already used this combination of taller rear wheels and smaller fronts on the 911, but only the extreme GT3 RS and GT2 RS.

We’ve learnt that the 911 will be based on a new modular platform, which could support hybrid integration, but Porsche is still hesitant to incorporate the tech due to the significant weight penalty according to Porsche insiders.

> Read about Porsche’s strategy for an all-electric sports car in the future

As a result, most engines are expected to be carried over from the current model but we will have to wait and see if a manual gearbox will be available.

As the VW Group continues to share its engineering between the various brands, the Porsche 911 remains one of the models least affected. This still appears to be the case with the new 911 according to these images, and Porsche’s dedication to elements like the manual gearbox and natural aspiration in its GT cars put this new 911 in very good stead for the future.

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