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2016 Porsche 911 Targa Spy Shots

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Porsche only took the covers off its all-new 2014 911 Targa back at January's Detroit Auto Show but a prototype for a facelifted version has already been spotted. The prototype is wearing the revised bumpers and tail-lights seen on prototypes for facelifted versions of other 911 variants such as the Carrera and Turbo, along with a central-exhaust pipe design previously tipped to be for the new Carrera GTS models but now thought to be for a new turbocharged engine.

Yes, Porsche is rumored to be replacing the 911’s entry-level 3.4-liter flat-six with a new turbocharged 2.9-liter unit. The new engine is said to be introduced when the current 991-series 911, including this Targa variant, receives its facelift next year.

This means the facelifted Targa 4 will feature the new engine. The sportier Targa 4S is also expected to get a new turbocharged engine, although this unit is said to match the 3.8-liter output of the current Targa 4S model’s engine.

In addition to the new engines, the facelifted 911 range will receive some styling tweaks. At the front will be revised daytime running lights, revised headlights and new intakes in the bumper, possibly with an active grille-style function to help save fuel. At the rear we can see revised tail-lights as well as new intakes at the sides of the bumper. The existing 911 models don’t feature these intakes, once again hinting at a possible new engine.

We’re expecting to see the facelifted version of the 911 Carrera initially, most likely midway through next year. Other variants like this Targa as well as the Turbo should be revealed soon after and come onto the market as 2016 models.

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