2016 Porsche 911 Targa Spy Shots

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Porsche only took the covers off its latest 911 Targa at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, and since then a sportier GTS variant has joined the lineup. Now a prototype for a facelifted Targa has been spotted ahead of a likely debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show this September.

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. Another key change with this update are the new vents in the rear bumper as well as center mounting of the exhaust exits, thought to be for a new turbocharged engine.

Yes, Porsche is expected to replace the Targa’s entry-level 3.4-liter flat-six with a new turbocharged 3.0-liter unit. The new engine is also expected to replace the 3.8-liter unit in the current Targa S. Output is expected to come in at 370 horsepower in the Targa and 420 hp in the Targa S.

The new engine is being introduced for the current 991-series 911’s mid-cycle update and is aimed at curbing emissions while also avoiding harsh engine displacement-based taxes instituted in some countries, particularly China.

In addition to the new engine, the facelifted 911 models, including this Targa, 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 the aforementioned vents in the bumper.

We’ll likely see this updated Targa in showrooms next spring, as a 2016 or 2017 model.

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