The latest spy pictures shows the facelifted 2016 Porsche 911 without camouflage few weeks before the September debut at Frankfurt Motorshow.
The iconic design of 911 is almost unchanged compared with the 991 silhouette. But the outer grille of the new front bumper is inspired from Cayman GT4 and the thin shaped LED daytime lights are also new.
On the red 911 Coupe we can see sports centrally mounted exhaust outlets. We don’t know yet if this is a detail of a new version or if will be used also in other body versions.
But the big changes are under the engine cover. The Mercedes AMG GT rival will get twin turbo engines, with the exception of 911 GT3 which will retain the 4.0 liter 6 cylinder boxer naturally aspirated,
The famous flat six engine configuration will stay in place but the displacement will shrink in size. Two turbos will try to supplement the downsize trend in an effort to reduce fuel consumption and emissions and boost the power.
The 3.8 liter famous flat six naturally aspirated will be replaced by a flat six 2.7 liter twin turbo 370 HP in Carrera and 3.0 litre twin turbo 420 HP in Carrera S
Instead of naturally aspirated 3.8 liter 6 cylinder boxer, the base Carrera will use a 2.7 litre twin turbo with 370 HP (previous 350 HP) while Carrera S will benefit of a 3.0 litre twin turbo with 420 HP (previous 400 HP). Both versions promise much more torque combined with a significant decrease in fuel consumption.
We have to wait until the first drive to see if the new twin turbo will offer the same exciting sound and the same spontaneous and linear throttle response.
911 Turbo will keep the 3.8 litre unit which will reach the border of 600 HP.
The facelifted 911 will go on sale in autumn 2015 and will remain in production until it is replaced by a completely new 911 planned for autumn 2018.
The future 911 will be based on the new MSB platform developed by Porsche for the whole VW Group.