The next-generation Porsche 911 Cabriolet – the 992 – has been spotted testing in public again, this time with its fabric roof stowed. Starting from the rear end which defines the Cabriolet, we can see as before that the tail lamp assembly includes a full-width light strip connecting the tail lights on each side, though this is likely a distinguishing feature for the all-wheel drive Carrera 4/4S versions.

Staying with the 911’s engine end, the licence plate location appears to still be a work in progress with the relatively high-mounted item sitting clear of the bodywork. Moving forward along the bodywork, the 992’s door handles sit more flush with the door panel relative to the ones on the 991, while the door-mounted side mirrors are now more angular than the units on the 991-generation car.

Further ahead, the front bumper follows suit with a more square-cut set of lines as seen in the winter test spyshots, and bonnet strakes here hark back to the earlier days of the 911’s air-cooled era.

Our spy photographer sources suggest that a Targa Turbo should be in the works, in reference to the range-topping powertrain variant for the bodystyle; all bar the GT3 models have now gone to forced induction, and the 992-generation is expected to kick off proceedings with the 3.0 litre turbo flat-six currently in service with mainstream versions of the 991 facelift.

Transmission options should remain as before, with the choice of seven-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic. Should the 992-generation model roll out follow tradition, the Targa (and the rumoured Targa Turbo) should make their respective debuts some time after the Carrera models, which is expected to make its official debut some time this year.