The new face lifted 991 911 was already spotted and was being thoroughly tested by the Porsche Boffins in Cape Town, South Africa. More recently we’ve got spy pics of the 911 Turbo and Targa completely undisguised.
The new car should see a fresh set of daytime running lamps, a revised infotainment system and a very exciting red turbo button. One of the most important changes to the German sports car is the replacement of Porsche’s ultra-refined naturally aspirated flat six engine with their new turbocharged flat six boxer unit in the Carrera series. Details are scarce but we can confirm that the engine has a similar architecture to the smaller inline 4 unit which would feature in the face lifted Boxter and Cayman. The face lifted Carrera should feature a 3.0 turbo charged flat six producing 365HP and the Carrera S pumps 414HP, these claimed figures are definitely an improvement over the naturally aspirated motor. The forced induction also brings the meat of the horse power into a lower power band which should bless the Carrera with astonishing tractability. Fuel efficiency numbers should also be up, though no official numbers by Porsche out yet.
Turbo charging is everywhere and it’s unsurprising that Porsche chose the route. Most companies are flogged with the challenge of keeping performance and efficiency hand in hand and this has resulted in the naturally aspirated motor slowly disappearing into pages of history and that’s a really sad thing! Thankfully Porsche have maintained their classic 3.8 litre naturally aspirated flat six and the face lifted 991 GT3 and GTS should see the updated versions of this engine provide locomotive duties. The GT3 and GTS will also receive chassis and interior upgrades just like the Carreras.
The new cars will feature a brand new bumper with a specially designed air duct that shuts above 15 kmph and reopens at a 168 kmph. The 911 will also feature a fresh xenon headlight assembly that retrains the old cars design and the tail lamps have a revised LED setup. The new face lifted 911 should be the new flagship car for Porsche, with the completion of the 918 project!