2020 Porsche 911: Here It is Way Before You’re Supposed to See It

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Generally, one of the least surprising car designs has been, pretty consistently since 1963, the Porsche 911. It’s very much an evolutionary as opposed to a revolutionary design, but, somehow, it’s still exciting to see how it develops. And now we can see the 2020 version of the iconic shape, and it’s still very much a 911. But a very big 911.

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This newest 911, seen on some spy shots we paid for, looks like a 911 after a healthy diet of steroids in bowls of milk and a dedicated work-out program, with extra emphasis on rear-fender workout days. The car looks beefy.

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Also, Porsche, who do you think you’re kidding with the taped-over PORSCHE badge on the rear? What the hell else could this thing be? The new Chevy Cobalt? Come on.

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Also, why is just that rear side marker lamp taped over? Is Porsche about to blow our minds with some new side marker lamp innovation? Is Porsche angling for a Markie award?

Also, it looks like Porsche is sticking with their vertical-slat air intake design, a recent design change after years of horizontal grille bars back there. I like the vertical slats; it reminds me of the ultimate Ur-Porsche, the Porsche 60K10.

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The forward-facing radar transceiver is quite visible in the lower grille area, though it looks like a plastic grille panel is missing. Will it be hidden, somehow?

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The new 911 is still very clearly a 911, but with some amplified proportions. I think it works, though, and it’s clear Porsche is taking no chances with the design. It’s a 911.

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It looks like something’s going on with the high-mount brake lamp, too. And what’s under that black trapezoid above the blur-tastic license plate?

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Also, the taillight appears to be full-width, but note the small black plastic block in the very middle; that’s likely to comply with Euro regs that specify two distinct rear light units. That may be deleted on U.S.-spec models.

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It’s a twist. This is the new Supra. That’s why the badge is taped over