Porsche is gearing up to launch an updated version of the 992-generation 911. It’s due for launch in 2023 and it’ll get a subtle redesign, a few chassis tweaks and, potentially, a more advanced, fully digitised cabin that ditches the current model’s analogue rev-counter.
This is the first time we’ve seen the standard version of the facelifted Porsche 911 – the last set of spies we secured were of the jacked-up, off-road focussed Safari variant. The images show that Porsche won’t stray too far from the current car’s design, as the firm seems to only have swapped easily interchangeable items such as the headlamps and the bumpers.
There’s a slightly neater grille arrangement up front and new integrated LED daytime running lights, while the rear diffuser has been redesigned to make space for a new centre exit exhaust system. We’re also expecting some different alloy wheel designs and paint options.
The biggest change to the exterior of the facelifted 911 will be the introduction of a new off-road focussed Safari variant. Shown in our gallery, the rally-inspired model features a lifted ride height and plastic body cladding to help protect the panels from scrapes when driving over rough terrain.
Porsche’s new 911 Safari also appears to have GT3-style bonnet vents either side of the badge, but the fact they don’t appear on our latest spied prototype suggests they’ll be a quirk of the off-road model rather than a standard fixture across the line-up.
Inside, the facelifted 911 is expected to retain the same basic layout as the existing car. It’ll retain Porsche’s latest PCM 6.0 infotainment system, which has just been updated to include Spotify music streaming, wireless Android Auto and an improved voice assistant.
However, the updated sports car could move forward with a new, fully digital instrument panel, like that of the Taycan EV. The current model has an analogue rev-counter flanked by two screens, but this could be replaced with a slender curved screen that can display drive mode information, a map for navigation and a feed from the car’s night-vision system.
The next 911 could also receive an improved suite of sensors for more advanced driving-assist technologies. A raft of chassis and handling improvements is also expected to give the 992.2 sharper responses when the driver takes full control.
Porsche has honed the 911’s suspension and steering set-up as part of previous mid-life updates, so a retuned electric power steering set-up and revised chassis settings are likely. A snappier calibration for the eight-speed PDK gearbox is also possible, although the 992.2 is unlikely to receive significant powertrain revisions.
It will, however, gain a new hybrid variant. The long-awaited, electrified 911 will be part of the 992.2 line-up, although this option could be added after the launch of the facelift. The electrically assisted 911 could also end up producing more power than the 641bhp 911 Turbo S and become the most potent 911 available.
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