New Porsche 911: fresh images of 992 model released…

Alfred Osborne
November 8, 2018

The 2019 Porsche 911 992 is going through its final testing programme, with prototypes being put through the gauntlet around the world in all sorts of conditions.

- The test mule of the new-gen 911 has been spotted already on many occasions.

The home straight for the new Porsche 911, the eighth generation of the sports vehicle classic will be launched in Europe at the beginning of 2019.

Porsche says the test vehicles were moving between climate zones with temperature differences of up to 85 degrees Celsius, as well as "sprinting across elevation changes spanning more than four kilometres". Porsche is also testing the new model around various race tracks, including the Nurburgring, as well as in dense traffic conditions.

The testing first focused on the brand's traditional core areas of expertise - a chassis and engines, which the company enhanced. Function and stress tests have been performed on the "entirely new operating concept in the cockpit" including instruments and displays. The Porsche Connect system differed from country to country, so its testing was very resource-intensive.

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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 auto could withstand temperatures typical of the Gulf States in the Middle East or Death Valley in the US, which can reach up to 50°C, or 122°F.

"So the interior components must not expand or contract and make noises when exposed to heat, for example."
Endurance runs saw the new 911 test cars on China's roads in country-typical traffic situations and proved the fact that they can run reliably on different quality fuels.

In Italy, the test cars were driven round the high-speed Nardò test tracks with a focus on top speeds, cooling and handling. In Colorado they reached heights of 4,3 km, which was a challenge for the twin-turbo charging and fuel system.

Aside from the torture tests, Porsche also considered the customer-oriented everyday testing on public roads in cities and cross-country throughout Germany.

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