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2020 Porsche 911 development drives

Porsche took the new 911 to the Gulf States, Middle East, and Death Valley to test air conditioning, thermal management, and combustion behavior in those areas.

As with most Porsche cars, the 8th gen 911 spent time testing at the Nurburgring and fast Italian tracks like the Nardo test tracks. The sports auto will come to the European market at the beginning of 2019, confirms Porsche but we expect an official reveal by the end of this year.

Porsche says the test vehicles were moving between climate zones with temperature differences of up to 85 degrees Celsius, as well as "sprinting across elevation changes spanning more than four kilometres".

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. There were also the function and stress tests for a fully new operating concept in the cockpit, instruments and displays. The new driver assistance systems and extended connectivity must also rise to the challenges of the strenuous testing marathon: Porsche Connect differs from country to country, so testing its operation and functions is very resource-intensive. Porsche has also checked the interior components that they do not expand or contract or make noises when exposed to extreme heat.

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On the other hand, the cold start, heating and air conditioning, traction, handling and braking behaviour were tested in minus 35 degrees of Finland and the European Arctic Circle.

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.

The eighth generation of the Porsche 911 will be coming to the European market early next year, but not before the prototype completes its final tests across the world.

In total, the prototype models have been driven around three million kilometres (1.86 million miles).

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