Spy-Shots of Cars

Hot on the heels of the recently-released batch of spyshots detailing the 2016 Porsche Boxster, our spy photographers have delivered photos of several key models from the 991-generation Porsche 911 facelift range undergoing testing. The upside to this particular batch is that it shows the refreshed Carrera, Carrera Cabriolet and Targa models wearing little to no camouflage – only the Turbo model remains obscured.

So what exactly is new this time round? Well, for starters, one should note that we’re talking about the Porsche 911 here so anyone thinking that the new models will sport a revolutionary design theme, you’re wrong. Dead wrong. Up front, the facelifted Porsche 911 incorporates a mildly revised headlight assembly along with redesigned air intakes that appear to house active slats of some sort.

Elsewhere, the front air intakes themselves possess more pronounced details while modified LED daytime running lights are set to round off the aesthetic changes in front. Looking more like a “butt-lift” instead, the rejuvenated 911 appears to feature a new rear apron design with some models sporting dual, centrally-mounted exhaust outlets – the camo’ed Turbo and Cabriolet mill continue on with a quad exhaust setup.

Spy-Shots of Cars

Other changes at the rear include mildly-restyled taillights that appear to feature bolder graphics while new air vents are to be found by the lower, outer end of the aforementioned rear bumper. The presence of these add-ons hint at the largest change to take place on this particular generation of Porsche 911.

Much like its Cayman/Boxster stablemate, the facelifted 991-generation Porsche 911 will introduce a turbocharged engine that will, for the first time, power the non-Turbo models. While exact power figures remain murky, the all-new turbocharged 3.0 litre flat-six engine will, reportedly, pump out 364 hp in base Carrera guise while Carrera S duties will see it develop 414 hp.

Spy-Shots of Cars

Torque figures are estimated to hover about the 500-Nm mark. As a result, reports are already indicating a drop in acceleration figures on both models by as much as half a second while fuel efficiency is expected to be improved. Fans of the naturally-aspirated flat-six mill might have to settle for the 911 GT3 and GT3 RS.

On the inside, the Porsche 911 facelift will arrive with a new 918 Spyder-inspired steering wheel along with an updated PCM (Porsche Communication Management) platform – the latter upgrade will feature a larger touchscreen. With prototypes already running around uncovered, expect the new 911s to debut soon.