Just because we’ve been talking a lot about new Porsche models like the Porsche Panamera lately, don’t think we’ve forgotten about the Porsche 911. Far from it. There’s a lot of news on that front lately, and we wanted to pass it along to you even if some of it concerns versions of the car that aren’t due at Porsche Nashua for some time yet.

The first thing we’re noticing is plenty about the next-generation Porsche 911. It’s due in 2019. Automotive journalists are predictably rapturous over it, reserving particular praise for the… cup holders?

Yup. Here’s the thing: nobody expects the body of the Porsche 911 to undergo wholesale changes. Sure, there will be modifications under the sheet metal to reduce weight, and minor changes to improve the car’s drag coefficient, every now and again. But the car’s profile is nothing short of a design triumph — one that, incidentally, defines the rest of the brand’s look — so each generation hews closely to what came before.

The interior, on the other hand, is clearly fair game when it comes to making bigger changes. Per AutoBlog (among other outlets), the next-generation Porsche 911 interior sees a few adjustments, bringing it more in line with the Porsche Panamera interior than the current 911 Porsche. The shift lever is less knobby and resembles an electric razor the more we look at it. The infotainment display is larger and is now given pride of place atop the center stack. Aside from the tachometer, the dash is now mostly digital. And right in the center console is a genuine cup holder.

The other surprise comes from Automotive News and is higher-tech. Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche AG, tells the magazine that 2023 is the target date for a plug-in hybrid variant of the Porsche 911. The next-generation platform was already designed with electrification in mind and the car’s already under development; the long lead time is, at least in part, to allow battery performance to catch up to the company’s exacting standards.

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