Few sports cars are as versatile as the Porsche 911 Turbo, and while the current model is nearly perfect, an updated version is in the works and promises to be even better. The new flagship 911 is expected to be unveiled this year as a 2025 model.
While the other 911 Turbo prototypes we photographed last year featured the same front fascia as the previous model, this variant featured a host of new parts. The most obvious is the bumper, which features updated air intakes that appear slightly larger than the current car's. Each of these air intakes has three horizontal slats, and behind them are vertical slats that can be opened or closed depending on airflow requirements. Other models will have similar air intakes.
Additionally, as can be seen in the spy photos, Porsche has equipped the car with the latest Matrix LED headlights, which feature slightly different daytime running lights than the current model. The final shape of the bumper itself appears to be a work in progress.
Several design changes were also made to the rear of the car. The most obvious change is the relocation of the exhaust pipes to the outer edges of the bumper, which appears to have given Porsche room to install a larger diffuser. Porsche designers may have also changed the LED taillights, but it's hard to say for sure.
There are also some significant changes expected in the powertrain, transmission and chassis, particularly the transition of the Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S to hybrid technology. Integrating a hybrid engine into the already powerful 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine can provide a unique combination of high performance and improved fuel economy.
Since these models will not be plug-in hybrids (PHEV), this indicates the use of a hybrid system primarily to increase power and improve the vehicle's dynamic performance. The small electric motor can act as an additional power source, providing additional torque during critical moments such as acceleration, making driving even more responsive and dynamic.
In addition, the use of hybrid technology could help Porsche meet increasingly stringent global carbon emissions and environmental safety standards.