A new development car has been spotted with a digital instrument cluster and production-spec bodywork
The next-generation Porsche 911 will be the first to come with a digital instrument cluster and hybrid power when it is launched at the end of 2018.
Seen recently testing on the continent and at the Nürburgring, the future sports car will be available with an all-digital dashboard, based around the same technology as Audi’s Virtual Cockpit.
The car will be a crucial product for Porsche as it’ll be the first to come with the option of an electrically-assisted powertrain.
Speaking to Autocar last September, Porsche engineers confirmed they were working on how to package a hybrid powertrain in the 911’s body – something that could also account for the wider stance of development cars.
Porsche 911 product line director Erhard Mössle said Porsche «needs an answer» to Tesla and the Model S. «There are discussions,» he said. «It’s clear that we have to do something. We have to meet the CO2 regulations in 2020. The technology available is not far away from meeting our goals for such a car in terms of range and charging speed.”
Porsche already has hybrid powertrains in its Cayenne SUV and Panamera saloon, with both cars using the same supercharged 3.0-litre petrol engine in combination with an electric motor. The 918 Spyder also features a hybrid powertrain, which mates a 4.6-litre V8 engine with two electric motors.
As well as the option of a hybrid model, Porsche is also considering an all-electric version of the 911 in the same vein as the Audi R8 e-tron.
However, this model is not seen as a guaranteed production car. Mössle said Porsche would need to “look at what is the right time and whether there is the need for it. It’s expensive and you never know if you will get your money back.”
Base models of the 911 are expected to use the same twin-turbo 3.0-litre flat six engine that made its debut in the facelifted 911 Carrera.
Mössle also confirmed the new 911 will sit on a modified version of the MMB platform used by today’s car and feature only mild styling changes. «The 911 is always an evolution, not a revolution,” said Mössle. “It will always be step by step.”