The 2016 Porsche 911 (facelift) is set to have its official debut at the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in September, with sales expected to commence around early 2016. Prior to the Frankfurt debut, Porsche has unveiled a batch of images of the 911 facelift prototypes being tested by its engineering team in Cape Town, South Africa. The test mules sport some minor exterior and cabin changes when compared to the outgoing model, but changes for the production version can’t be confirmed till the official reveal.
The LED taillights have been restyled and the headlamps have been made thinner. Other changes seemingly include restyled front and rear bumpers, a new exhaust system with the dual exhaust pipes more closely mounted with each other and redesigned air vents and engine deck lid.
Talking about the interior, there’s a new multi-function steering wheel and a right-hand side mounted drive mode selector. There’s also an updated Porsche Communication Management system with a bigger screen.
Porsche is yet to reveal the technical specifications of the 2016 911, but rumours are there that the company could ditch the 3.4-litre naturally aspirated engine in the Carrera for a 402-hp (300-kW) 2.7-litre turbocharged engine. The Carrera S could be fitted with a 3.4-litre turbocharged engine.
Using turbocharged engines will not only improve the performance of the cars, but also offer a better fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions. Porsche will disclose more information about the facelift model of the 911 in the coming weeks.