Caught in the Wild: Next-Gen Porsche 911 Turbo
By Charles Krome
When I first saw this car, coming up on it from behind, I thought it was perhaps a Mitsubishi Eclipse with some kind of poorly executed mods to the rear deck area. Then I saw the manufacturer plates and was able to get closer, and what do you know, it’s the next-gen Porsche 911 out stretching its legs. And hey, is that a next-gen whale tail I see?
This is wild and unfounded speculation on my part, but follow me here: It’s hard to tell from the pics, but on closer inspection, that slapdash work on the rear of the car is just plastic shielding that covers the vehicle’s “real” tail treatment. That’s to be expected, as current rumors indicate a redesigned spoiler will be part of the new 911. But on the other hand, the amount of camo used here made it seem like a more substantial wing was lurking beneath that plastic, and Porsche has developed a penchant for dropping limited-edition 911 variants with plenty of retro cues.
For example, we recently saw Porsche play the nostalgia card with the 911 Sport Classic, which honors the 1973 Porsche Carrera RS, and the 911 Speedster, drawing its inspiration from the iconic 356. I’m thinking this strategy is an effort to cater to Panamera- and Cayenne-loathing traditionalists, who are no doubt hoping the new 911 makes a strong statement about Porsche’s commitment to keeping them happy. It would make a certain amount of sense then, if the automaker were to choose another classic from its past—in this case, the whale-tail-wearing Porsche 930, the company’s first production car to holster a turbocharged engine—to provide inspiration for its newest model.
Plus, since 2011 marks the 35th anniversary of the 930 first coming to the U.S., it would appeal to that part of human nature that prefers celebrating birthdays ending in a “5” or “0.”
A few other things to note about the car that aren’t obvious from the pictures: It seems significantly lower and longer than the current 911, which may be a bit of a nod to the stretched dimensions of the Panamera, and those things that look like air inlets just in front of the rear wheels aren’t—they’re more camouflage; they were stickers or decals of some kind.
The all-new 2012 Porsche 911 is slated to go on sale late this year. Click through the gallery below to see high-resolution versions of all of the 2012 911 photos, as well as those of a few that we’ve already seen before.