Porsche's 992 has broken cover ahead of its official launch at this month's Los Angeles Auto Show, with the eight-generation model in the 911 series keeping its unmistakably iconic look.
The two-door rear-engine speedsters still relish in their pumped-up rear haunches and comparatively wide body.
Fresh design elements include a revised front bumper with a slightly more aggressive and sportier look...
... and a horizontal light bar along the rear.
It's tipped that the base-model will come with a dual-exhaust layout, with a quad-outlet system on the sportiest versions.
But Porsche is keeping its powder dry on the interior, with suggestions of a radically different interior – perhaps a digital dashboard – in what the German marque describes as an "entirely new operating concept in the cockpit: which will include "new driver assistance systems and extended connectivity".
The Porsche 992 will hit Aussie dealerships sometime in 2019 – you can expect the official word on dates and pricing by the end of November. The current 991 is sold in Australia in a range starting at the basic $220,000 Carrera to more than $600,000 for the high-performance turbocharged GT2 RS.
Australia missed the cut for development testing of the next all-new Porsche 911, which goes public in just over three weeks in Los Angeles.
Several generations of the Porsche 911 were torture tested in the Aussie outback in the days when there was no speed limit on the Stuart Highway from Alice Springs to Darwin, although the 992 skipped our sunburnt plains for a world tour including Death Valley in the USA – where summer temperatures rise to almost 50° – alongside Finland's freezing -35° – and of course Germany's Nurburgring race course.
By the time the test program is done, these 992s will have clocked up three million kilometres, sampling plenty of poorly-finished roads and subpar fuel along the way.
“We test the vehicle under all conditions, and in every type of weather and region" explains Andreas Probstle, Porsche's project manager for the new 911.
“In addition to its outstanding performance, it’s the 911’s suitability for daily use that has always put it in a class of its own."