The news that Porsche is bringing a new mid-engine sports car to the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show essentially eliminates the possibility that we’ll see the next 911 on the company’s stand. No matter — the folks at Motor Trend recently caught the new car, code-named 991, out in the real world.
The test car pictured is still somewhat disguised, but we can spot a few characteristics that differentiate it from the current 911. The profile is still quite familiar, although Porsche has reportedly lengthened the car by roughly four inches. Despite the growth, it seems the roofline itself is a tad shorter, allowing Porsche to increase the windshield’s rake. Plastic covers also attempt to hide the front running lamp assemblies, which incorporate both LED driving lights and LED turn signals.
Although this tester appears to sport some massive air intakes on the rear fenders, the unusual light patterns surrounding them lead us to guess they’re two-dimensional fakes, designed to lure us into thinking this 991 is a Turbo. Our guess is this example makes do with the Carrera’s engine, which is likely to be a 350-horsepower, 3.4-liter direct-injection flat-six.
We’ll hopefully learn more about the new 911 shortly — Porsche hasn’t revealed when we can expect the car to debut, but sources suggest it might appear at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March.
Source: Motor Trend