2016 Porsche 911 Carrera Spy Shots

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The current Porsche 911, the Type 991, made its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show and hit the market shortly after as a 2012 model. That means we’re approaching the halfway point in the car’s life cycle, and right on cue prototypes for an updated version, the Type 991.2, have been spotted, this time with virtually zero camouflage gear. The latest photos show the basic Carrera but prototypes for updated versions of the Carrera Cabriolet and Turbo have also been spotted in the past.

The front of the updated 911 is characterized by revised daytime running lights and new intakes in the bumper, possibly with an active grille-style function to help save fuel. At the rear we can see some new intakes at the sides of the bumper. The existing Carrera and Carrera S don’t feature these, suggesting there may be some serious updates under the hood as part of this mid-cycle update.

Though it’s yet to be confirmed, we’re expecting some new engines to be fitted to the 991.2 911 range, with most of them coming with turbocharging—including on the base Carrera models. GT models like the GT3 and GT3 RS will remain naturally aspirated for the foreseeable future, however.

According to a previous report, the Carrera will ditch its 3.4-liter flat-six in favor of a turbocharged 2.9-liter unit. The same report said the Carrera S will stick with a 3.8-liter flat-six but thanks to turbocharging will see its output rise to more than 500 horsepower, perhaps as high as 530 hp! This might sound extreme, but remember that the Carrera S-rivaling Mercedes-AMG GT S is packing as much as 503 hp, so Porsche has some catching up to do. The current Carrera S has 400 hp.

It’s not clear what effect the turbocharging of the base engines will have on the actual Turbo variant but it’s likely output will be dialed up higher than the current model’s 520-hp rating. Porsche will eventually boost the output of its more potent models using hybrid technology but this is not expected until the next generation of the iconic sports car.

We should have more details soon as the updated Porsche 911 Carrera models are set for a reveal at September’s 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. They should be on sale shortly after as 2016 models.

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