Porsche's next-generation sports car seems to be all but ready for the launch pad.

Just a few strips of tape around the tail-lights and a mask for the headlights separate this pre-production prototype from the final, showroom-ready version of the next Porsche 911.

Externally, the new generation model is distinguished by its heavily flared wheel arches, which give the vehicle a real presence and a bit of retro flair. The new Turbo models will likely have flares so large, they'll make the 1970s jealous.

While the company has given the new car an evolutionary redesign for the exterior, the interior will be radically different to today's car. Earlier spy photos have shown the new model will feature a cabin design heavily influenced by the latest Panamera.

The number of buttons will be cut down dramatically, with the majority residing on the steering wheel and around the gear shifter. Most of the car's secondary and tertiary functions will be controlled via a large touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard, while low-set air vents in keeping with the Panamera and Cayenne will replace the current high-mounted units.

At least some variants will feature an analogue speedometer flanked by configurable multi-function displays.

Under the skin, the 911 is expected to use turbocharged flat-six engines for almost all models. While most buyers will plump for the company's dual-clutch transmission, some models will be available with a manual shifter.

Once again rear- and all-wheel drive options should be available. A hybrid variant is expected to debut some time during this model's lifecycle, and the new 911 is expected to feature more driver assistance features.