Porsche 911 2016 facelift spied undisguised

Following previous spyshots of the Targa-roof Porsche 911 facelift, we’ve now spied Porsche‘s updated 911 hardtop in the flesh with only a light smattering of camouflage. As well as subtle styling tweaks, the new car will get an improved cabin and more models will be turbocharged.

The revised 911 range is likely to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, going on sale soon after with customer deliveries early in 2016. If you’ve just taken delivery of a new 911, you won’t be too disappointed by the subtle styling updates of the facelifted model.

Predictably, the changes are modest. A tweaked front bumper gets a more aerodynamic design, with remodelled air intakes to improve cooling. The rear bumper also receives minor tweaks, while glitzier LED head- and tail-lamp designs also feature. A new exhaust system, with tailpipes mounted closer together, rounds off the exterior updates.

The bigger news from Stuttgart is that some of the 911’s naturally aspirated flat-six engines could adopt turbochargers for this model year, hinted to us by Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche R&D boss, at the 2014 LA Motor Show. Whether it will be the entry-level Carrera or more-powerful Carrera S model that gets turbo power remains to be seen.

A spokesman from Porsche GB said: “The existing 3.4-litre Carrera already returns around 30mpg and emits just over 200g/km of CO2, so when you consider the performance on offer, we’re happy with where we are on the development curve.”

Inside, like we spotted on the 911 Turbo facelift previously, there will be the latest generation of Porsche’s ‘Communication Management’ touchscreen infotainment. PDK-equipped models should feature the multi-function steering wheel from the 918 Spyder and Macan SUV, along with more upmarket materials. 

We’ll have further information on the revised 911, including details on any new turbocharged engines, prior to the expected Frankfurt reveal. 

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