Porsche have released a set of official images that preview the face-lifted 911 range. These barely disguised prototypes playing around in South Africa represent the iconic 911’s “991.2” generation. The mid-cycle makeover brings in stylistic changes that are few and far in between, and, the first time in 911 history, the employment of turbo-charging across most of the range.
Bodywork updates include new front and rear bumpers, along with a new engine cover at the back. The new front bumper is aerodynamically skimmed, with larger air intakes and horizontal LED daytime running lights. At the back, the exhausts have been re-positioned to the center of the new rear bumper.
The new models will also feature slightly altered tail-lamp and headlamp clusters. But the biggest changes will come from under that redesigned engine cover at the back. All, but the hard edged, track focussed GT3 and the GT3 RS variants will benefit from turbocharging and downsized engines, in order to please nature and reduce the fuel bills.
Car and Driver reports that both the Carrera and Carrera S will now feature 3.0-litre engines, downsized from the 3.4- and 3.8-litre engines respectively. Size notwithstanding, forced induction ensures a revised, 370 horsepower output in the Carrera, while the Carrera S will now manage 420 horsepower – a 20 horsepower gain across the range.
Maximum torque rises to 500 Nm, available from as low as 1700 rpm. The updated duo will now sprint to 100 kph faster by 0.1 second, while top speeds remain unchanged. Fuel economy is expected to shoot up north, while less CO2 will now be emitted from those new, centrally positioned tail pipes.
Apart from a horde of new driving assistance systems, four-wheel steering will be optionally available, along with a seven-speed manual transmission. Inside, there’ll be a new 918-inspired steering wheel design featuring a driving mode selector for the first time.
The latest generation of Porsche’s ‘Communication Management’ touchscreen infotainment system, also seen on the latest Cayenne range, will also be a part of the 991.2’s interior upgrades.
The Targa and GTS line-up is also expected to receive the aforementioned changes. The 2016 Porsche 911 facelift will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, going on sale soon after with customer deliveries starting early in 2016.