Porsche 911 is completing final testing

Gerald Bowen
November 8, 2018

Prior to this, the prototypes' engines get revved up to complete the final stages of a global testing programme which put the new sports cars under a great deal of stress.

With an official reveal in sight, Porsche has been making sure the next-generation 911 (992) is up for the task of satisfying customer rigours.

The 8th generation Porsche 911 will launch in Europe in early 2019 and Porsche has been putting the cars through its paces ahead of next years launch.

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The prototype 911 cars are moving between climate zones with temperature differences of up to 85-degrees Celsius, moving across elevation changes of more than four kilometers, and sitting in traffic in major cities. At these places, the car's air conditioning, thermal management, and combustion behaviour must remain functional tests in temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius. There, the test agenda focuses on areas such as cold start, heating and air conditioning, traction, handling and braking behaviour, as well as the response speed of the control systems related to driving dynamics.

Porsche says the new 911 is undergoing extreme tests in all conditions to ensure it carries tradition and comes in as the best 911 of all time. The endurance test was carried out in China's roads and race tracks besides also proving that the 911 can run reliably despite varying fuel quality.

Since we're talking the new 911 here, a big chunk of the testing was performed on the Nürburgring and Nardò tracks in Germany and Italy respectively, where engineers could see the chassis, engine, gearbox and suspension system at work. In Colorado they reached heights of 4,3 km, which was a challenge for the twin-turbo charging and fuel system. In the gallery released by Porsche, it looks like the part of the auto that will be revealed last is the tail light cluster-these images have the ends of the full-width taillight strip still taped up. By the time, testing is complete, the cars have been driven around three million kilometres in total.

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