Now that pictures of the next-generation Porsche 911, known as the 991, have leaked onto the Internet, Porsche saw fit to release this video of the car in cold-weather testing. It shows engineers putting the 911 through its paces in the Arctic Circle in temperatures as chilly as -24ºF.
Sound like a fruitless exercise for a sports car? Think again. Such testing procedures are essential to ensure the Porsche will operate as intended in every climate, otherwise 911 owners in snowy climes could find themselves stranded. It’s not all hard work, though: the video reveals that Porsche engineers also spent plenty of time drifting the 911 sideways in densely packed snow.
As we saw in the leaked images, the 2012 911 has a profile that is elongated compared to the current car, LED running lights in the front bumper, shrunken LED taillight designs, and a raised center stack that resembles that of the Porsche Panamera.
The 991-generation 911 makes its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Until then, check out the video below for an early peek at the new sports car.