The new 2012 Porsche 911 is being put through some pretty rigorous paces prior to be unleashed on an adoring public.

This clip shows a portion of the hot weather testing in South Africa, a fittingly scenic backdrop for an iconic sports car.

The 2012 Porsche 911 during hot weather testing in South Africa

If you look closely you can spot evidence of the rumored updates, including what appears to be a seven-speed manual transmission.

For now, Porsche is keeping a tight lid on just what we can expect to see at the official Frankfurt debut, however.

Of course, with the weather we’ve been having they could have done the heat trials a lot closer to home….