Camouflaged cars can pop up anywhere, as Motor Trend senior features editor Jonny Lieberman and photography editor Julia LaPalme found out when they spotted this 991-generation Porsche 911 Turbo almost 200 miles from the Arctic Circle in Sweden.
Ignoring an irate engineer’s stern “no pictures, please” request, LaPalme snapped these photos of the upcoming turbo model before the crew peeled out of the snow-covered gas station. We can see the headlights, bumpers, and taillights are still covered by black tape, much like other 911 Turbo prototypes we’ve spied in the past. Look closely, and you can also see what looks like a radar sensor in the front valance, possibly for an adaptive cruise control system.
The large fixed rear wing is still present, and appears capable of raising for more downforce at speed. In addition to the active aero bits, this test mule wears the familiar large rear fender vents, which likely feed the engine’s dual intercoolers. Lieberman and company heard the 991 tester start up, and confirm the engine sound was rich with forced induction notes.
As we’ve said previously, the next 911 Turbo could pack upwards of 550 hp. We’ll know for sure when the car arrives in a year or so.
Photo credit: Julia LaPalme