Car News 24 Feb 2016

Porsche release images of new 911 2016

Porsche release images of new 911 2016

Porsche has released the first official prototype images of its new 911 2016.  The latest facelift, dubbed ‘991.2’ by Porsche, will include only minor styling changes, but will feature new interior detailing and turbocharging across the range.

The exterior updates will include a new headlamp design, thinner LED daytime running lights, larger air intakes and tailpipes mounted closer together.

The key change however is an expected switch to new turbocharged flat-six engines across the range (excluding the GT3 and GT3RS), with unconfirmed reports of a 365hp 2.7-litre unit for the Carrera, and a 414hp 3.0 litre engine for the Carrera S.  Outright capacity will be reduced compared with the current 3.4 and 3.8-litre engines, but power is expected to increase by 20-30bhp across the range.  Economy and emissions will also improve, with the base Carrera possibly slipping below 200g/km of CO2.

Interior changes will include a new 918-inspired steering wheel, which for the first time features a driving mode selector, offering four different programmes.  Damping, engine mapping, exhaust noise and even gearshift ferocity (with PDK transmission) will all be adjustable.  The new 911 will also feature the latest version of Porsche’s touchscreen infotainment system.

Porsche is expected to unveil the updated 911 at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with the first customer deliveries in early 2016.

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