This sneak peek provides the first glimpse into the upcoming 992.2-generation Porsche 911, and despite seemingly minor design tweaks, the model is set to introduce hybrid power for the first time, signifying a paradigm shift that could elevate the iconic sports car to new capabilities.

The hybrid system will seamlessly integrate with the existing flat-six engine, as the 992 was initially designed to accommodate an electrified powertrain. Initially, the notion of an electrified 911 was discarded before the 992 launch, but Porsche has revisited the concept for the model’s midlife update.

Porsche opts for mild-hybrid technology rather than a plug-in system, placing a battery ahead of the flat-six engine and between the rear seat bulkhead. The electric motor will find its place between the engine and the existing eight-speed PDK gearbox.

It remains uncertain if this technology will be applied across all models, but it is expected to deliver an additional boost in performance (and, admittedly, weight), filling torque gaps in the 3-liter twin-turbo flat-six. Additionally, efficiency is anticipated to receive a boost, with the mild-hybrid system alleviating load from the petrol engine.

As is customary, Porsche’s mid-cycle design updates will be subtly implemented. The prototype features an optional aero kit, incorporating a fixed rear wing, and revamped LED headlights, front bumper, and rear valance to refine the overall design.

The tech upgrades inside the new 911 draw inspiration from the Taycan saloon, with the optional passenger infotainment display potentially making an appearance. The facelift might bring a redesigned center console and a repositioned dash-mounted gear selector, akin to the recently revised Cayenne SUV.

The gen-2 992 is expected to make its official debut in a few months, with a 911 Turbo hybrid possibly arriving in 2024. The 2024 Porsche 911 has been tested in snowy conditions and is slated for release in 2023.

Following the revelation of the Porsche 911 Turbo test model in December last year, spy photographers have captured a standard 911 undergoing winter testing. This could be the upcoming upgrade for the current 992 generation.

Despite the recent introduction of the 992 not long ago, this model has undergone a four-year life cycle since its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. This is an opportune time for the German automaker to unveil the 992.2, similar to the approach taken with the 911 generation introduced in 2011 and updated in 2015.

The prototype of the new 911 is disguised with additional headlights for snow travel. However, some changes can still be observed compared to the current 911 version, such as a redesigned front bumper with larger air intakes and intricate vents.

The lower part of the rear bumper is also disguised, concealing a new diffuser with additional vents on both sides and dual exhaust pipes centrally positioned. Furthermore, adjustments have been made to the engine lid vents, and the active rear wing.

Details about the interior of the Porsche 911 facelift remain a mystery. However, enlarged images from the window reveal an entirely new digital control panel, similar to the 911 Safari prototype.

Most of the engines from the current 911 version will be retained in the facelift, with the likelihood of an additional green engine option. Porsche has confirmed the launch of the first 911 hybrid, built on the current platform. A 911 Turbo hybrid was also spotted undergoing testing at the Nurburgring last year.

Porsche plans to release the 911 992.2 in 2023. The upgraded version of this sports car is expected to debut simultaneously with the long-developed off-road racing model, 911 Safari. Additionally, 2024 Porsche 911 prototypes have been seen testing in Germany, hinting at significant changes to the iconic five-dial design for the 992.2. Spy shots reveal larger vents on the front bumper and a vertically mounted active slat layout.

Meanwhile, the interior of the 2024 Porsche has been a subject of speculation, with rumors suggesting the company will abandon the analog tachometer found in the center of the 911’s iconic five dials after 60 years. Recent spy shots confirm this change, revealing a large digital screen behind the steering wheel, displaying a digital version of the traditional instrumentation seen in modern Porsche 911s.

In addition to the facelift, the 992 GT3 RS has been spotted in testing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, featuring a swan neck wing and aerodynamic enhancements reminiscent of the Le Mans-winning RSR. The prototype also showcased subtle aerodynamic aids on its roof. The GT3 RS is set to be revealed later this summer.

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