By on February 22, 2019

With the eighth-generation Porsche 911 having made its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, we anticipated waiting months for the automaker to start rolling the high-horsepower variants. Up until now, we’ve seen the Carrara S, 4S, and their convertible counterparts. But we didn’t expect to see the 992 Turbo until the fall.

However, it appears that one Porsche enthusiast managed snag a candid photograph of the Turbo without the manufacturer’s knowledge, spreading the image all over the internet. 

While this could be an elaborate hoax, there aren’t any obvious artifacts in the image to indicate Photoshop played a significant role here. The car also closely matches spy shots of gently disguised test vehicles. The tailpipes, reflectors, spoiler, and overall shape all hold up under close scrutiny. Motor Trend, which seems to the first media outlet to share the image, also noted that the car closely resembles prototype Turbo S models recently seen testing on the Nürburgring — with some minor differences in spoiler size.

Beyond some brief digital glory, there also doesn’t appear to be much reason for the photographer to fake this. As a clearly devout Porsche fan, we imagine the community wouldn’t be very forgiving of this kind of trickery. That’s about as tepid an endorsement for realness as you can get. But it’s always wise to remain cautious; fake versions of upcoming models are too common not to be.

Assuming it is the new 911 Turbo, which looks to be the case, that upscaled spoiler should be adaptive and come on hidden risers. It’ll also have the company’s new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and an updated version of the 3.8-liter six-cylinder found in the current Porsche Turbo. Output is rumored to be well in excess of that model’s 540 hp, but we’ll wait on Porsche for confirmation.

The manufacturer hasn’t said word one about the vehicle’s debut, though there’s still a chance the 992 Turbo could appear in Geneva next month. Otherwise, expect to see the new Porsche officially break cover in Frankfurt next September.

[Image: Todd Schleicher/Instagram]

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