It doesn’t seem that long ago when Porsche launched the 992-generation 911. Indeed, Porsche is continually adding new 911 versions to its inventory. However, we are already three years into what is usually a seven-year lifespan for a Porsche 911 generation. That suggests a mid-cycle makeover for the 2024 model year is coming next year.
Here is what we know so far regarding Porsche’s plans.
The Porsche 911 should resemble a 911.
The 911 has evolved substantially since its introduction in the 1960s, but not in the way you may expect. Expect Porsche to redesign the 911, particularly for a mid-cycle upgrade dramatically. Changes will likely be minor adjustments to items like air intakes.
Another naturally aspirated engine for the Porsche 911 is possible.
A naturally-aspirated flat-six is available in the 911, but only in the $160,000-plus 911 GT3. According to rumors, Porsche will sell a less expensive ordinarily aspirated 911 Carrera alongside the turbocharged basic model. The naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six utilized in the Cayman GTS 4.0 would be used in the vehicle.
There will be no electrified Porsche 911…yet.
Unlike other automakers, Porsche has not committed to becoming all-electric. We already have the Taycan, and future generations of entry-level vehicles like the 718 Cayman/Boxster and Macan SUV will be electrified. However, the 911 will be challenging to convert to electric mobility because of its unique kinematics and weight distribution. Porsche does not believe that will happen until 2030.
However, a 911 hybrid (with eFuels) is possible.
Autocar published spy photographs of Porsche testing a hybrid 911 lately. The first may be a more powerful version of the Turbo, which already sacrifices traditional 911 characteristics for performance. Porsche is also working on synthetic fuel for combustion engines, which would significantly cut emissions. An eFuel-powered 911 might be available as early as 2024.