Porsche shows off the new 911 undergoing testing

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The latest prototypes, which show both the Carrera and Carrera S, are nearly completely devoid of camouflage gear, and they also reveal most of the interior including a new digital dash.

Fleets of Porsche 911 test mules have been roaming the globe from very cold to very hot areas, separated by up to 85 degrees Celsius temperature gaps. Called the 992, Porsche has put out a teaser of this new-gen 911 showcasing it undergoing a new set of tests to prove that it is truly the ultimate sports auto.

Porsche has been testing the prototypes under various conditions: temperature differences, elevation changes, traffic jams and on racetracks to check the components reliability and the vehicle suitability for daily use. Like Porsche says, the car's interior must weather temperatures of both 50 degrees Celsius in Death Valley and the Middle East, as well as horribly freezing temperatures of -35 degrees Celsius in the Finnish Lapland. This phase also sees significant mileage being covered, while complying with all traffic rules, with the common goal that the eighth generation of this sports auto icon continues the tradition of being one of the best 911 of all time.

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Cold area testing, such as in Finland, focused on cold starts, heating and air conditioning, traction, handling, and braking. November 5 brings us first "official" spy photos taken during the 911's lengthy testing program as an official preview of the model. Endurance runs saw the new 911 test cars on China's roads for typical traffic situations where different fuel quality was also used.

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 total, the cars have driven around three million kilometres, at altitudes as low as 90 m below sea level and up to 4,300 metres on Mount Evans, Colarado (biturbo and fuel system testing).

A less spectacular component of testing, albeit no less important, is customer-oriented everyday driving on public roads through cities and across the countryside to ensure that the vehicle and all systems are durable for daily use.

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