Spy Video: 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo and Carrera Cabriolets Facelifts

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The 911 is no longer their volume car, but Porsche is so keen on engineering the perfect rear-engined mid-life crisis that it simply can't leave it "as is" for too long. Since 2012 when the current generation was launched, known as the 991, a steady stream of new versions have come out, culminating with the Turbo S and the GT3.
Youtube user DrGumoLunatic just sent us video evidence that Porsche is now developing the second stage of the 991 project. The facelift will target the whole model range, and this time two cabriolets have been spotted. The car with side intakes and center-lock wheels is easily identified as a Turbo, the other being a basic Carrera.

Both prototypes have only light camo hiding the LED daytime running lights and taillights, where a bit of freshening up is in order. They also have a non-production engine deck lid, though this is just because access to the boxer mills is notoriously tricky.

For a while now, it's been suggested that Porsche engineers will swap out the current Carrera and Carrera S engines and replace them with smaller turbo mills. However, the official Porsche position is that a turbocharged flat-4 is only going into the next Cayman and Boxster generations, which are still at least 4 years off. The output of the mill, expected to be around 370 hp max, is also way short of what an S or 4S needs.

991.2 models will thus likely continue with what they currently have, news which should make every Porsche fan and customer happy.

But don't let all the rumors about turbos in Carreras lead you on, Porsches will continue to be agile, light sportscars. If there was even a hint of lag, Stuttgart engineers would not force-induce and cut cylinders.

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