We’ve seen 992-generation Porsche 911 development vehicles running tests in the open before, however this is the first time the next-generation car has been spotted virtually undisguised, save for some minor applications of concealing tape. The exterior is basically what we have expected from behind the shrouds of earlier cars, which is to sport more squared-off air intakes in the front bumper.

The overall silhouette is unmistakably that of a 911, though nods to current Porsche design language are evident too, particularly at the car’s rear end where the tail lamps are joined by central light strip. Here, the vents at lower corners of the rear bumper somewhat ape the intakes at the front of the car in employing horizontal strakes. Curiously, a third, high-mount brake light can be seen just beneath the rear window.

Inside, we now that the 992-generation car will use interior architecture derived from those in the Panamera and the Cayenne, where a large digital panel will take centrestage and the driver’s instrument binnacle will get the classic central tachometer, albeit one also flanked by a pair of digital screens.

Mechanical specifications have yet to be fully uncovered, though the standard Carrera models are expected to continue with the present 3.0 litre turbocharged flat-six units in various states of tune. Both manual and automatic transmissions will be offered, as will rear- and all-wheel-drive. More details should be known soon, as the 992-generation Porsche 911 nears its debut.