Porsche is out testing prototypes for its next-generation 911, the 992, which will be hitting the market next summer as a 2020 model.
With an official reveal in sight, Porsche has been making sure the next-generation 911 (992) is up for the task of satisfying customer rigours.
The prototype 911 cars are moving between climate zones with temperature differences of up to 85-degrees Celsius, moving across elevation changes of more than four kilometers, and sitting in traffic in major cities.
According to Andreas Probstle, project manager for new 911, the new generation of the iconic sports vehicle should be suitable for daily use as well, apart from the outstanding performance.
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To assess how well the interior components, combustion engine, and air conditioning can handle the heat, Porsche tested the model in the desert, to ensure the entire vehicle could withstand temperatures typical of the Gulf States in the Middle East or Death Valley in the U.S., which can reach up to 50°C, or 122°F.
Porsche has been testing the prototypes under various conditions: temperature differences, elevation changes, traffic jams and on racetracks to check the components reliability and the auto suitability for daily use.
In Finland's -35°C temperatures, the tests focused on a cold start, heating, air conditioning, traction, handling and braking, as well as a response speed of control systems responsible for driving dynamics. Endurance runs saw the new 911 test cars on China's roads for typical traffic situations where different fuel quality was also used. By the time testing is complete, the cars have been driven for around three million kilometres in total. It will ride on the advanced version of the MMB platform which will make it wider than before. The front bumpers seem to have active shutters on the air dams which can open at higher speeds thus increasing the downforce. These efforts, when put together, are integral in the carmaker's pursuit of ensuring the eighth generation 911 continues the tradition of being the best 911 of all time.