This isn’t an April fools joke, but Porsche already seems focused on the next iteration of the 911 Cabriolet, despite the refreshed version just hitting the market for 2014. What you see here is a 911 Turbo S Cabriolet dressed in very light camo as it rolls down a sleepy European road. And because the new car smell has yet dispersed from the 2014 911, we’d expect Porsche to hold off until 2016 for another refresh, at the earliest.
The noticeable changes include reshaped turn signals up front, new rear heat extractor just aft of the rear tires, reworked taillights, and possibly revised styling on the louvered rear deck lid as evidenced by the metal grates covering them.
Those front turn signals look quite similar to the one found on the 911 we spotted cold-weather testing earlier this year . The shape is just different enough from the current model to be new, yet it still holds that iconic 911 look. Around back seems to be the most heavily modified. It’s hard to tell from these shots, but it appears the heat extractor just behind the rear wheels have been reworked. Instead of the large grille of the current model, these seem to just be slats in the bumper. However, the slats could just be a clever camouflage of the vents underneath.
The taillights look revised as well. Just like the front turn signals, they are covered in a transparent film with oval shapes to break up any discernible pattern underneath. The way the taillights meet the bumper may also be revised since it’s covered in tape. Lastly, metal grates camouflage the louvers over the engine bay. It appears the louvers have been turned to face outward rather than rearward as before.
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Since this refresh comes so quickly after the 2014 reworking, we don’t expect Porsche to be making many mechanical changes to the car. The 3.8-liter flat-six will likely return as will the seven-speed PDK transmission. If anything, we can expect more power over the car’s current 560-horse, 516 pound-feet outputs. From the shots above, this car is recognizable as a Turbo S by its rectangular exhaust pipes and bespoke wheels. The lesser Turbo model will likely receive the same general changes as well.
The interior will probably see a few minor changes, but no major reworkings. Remember, we are talking about the Porsche 911 here – something that hasn’t drastically changed in the last few decades.
The 911 has been Porsche’s iconic sport car for as long as we can remember – and for good reason. Its rear-mounted engine helps balance the car while providing extra weight on the rear tires for increased traction. The combination results in a car that hangs with the world’s best offerings.
The current 911 is powered by a 3.8-liter boxer, or horizontally-opposed ‘flat’ six-cylinder that makes 520 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque in Turbo form while the Turbo S kicks things up with 560 horses and 516 pound-feet of torque. Equipped with the seven-speed PDK transmission, the 911 Turbo S rockets to 60 mph in a blistering 3 seconds flat and hurtles through the quarter mile in 11.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 197 mph. Yep, the 911 Turbo S is an outrageous performer in every respect.
Prices get outrageous as well. The Turbo model starts at $160,700 while the Turbo S costs an even larger $193,900. High performance does come at a price. (Speeding tickets not included)