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2016 Porsche 911 Turbo

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A few days ago, we brought you the first images of the possible GTS version for the new-generation Porsche 911 . That didn’t come as a surprise, as we’re expecting Porsche to offer more versions of its new 911 lineup.

The biggest surprise arrived in out inbox today, when our spy photographers sent us the first images of a Porsche 911 Turbo sporting what looks to be a facelift. That’s right, we are talking about the same car unveiled three months ago at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . We know that this is a pretty quick facelift, even for Porsche, but our suspicion is that this model is still at least a year or two out, and Porsche just wants ample time to work out all of the bugs.

The biggest changes that this facelift will bring will be on the front and rear bumpers, and the taillights, which will likely get the same 3D look that we saw on the recently revealed Macan.

We don’t expect to see any changes under the hood, so the revised 911 Turbo should be offered with the same turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder that delivers 520 horsepower in the base version and 560 horsepower in the S version.

Do not expect to see the revised Porsche 911 Turbo until late in 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the revised Porsche 911 Turbo.

Spy shots

March 31, 2014 - Porsche 911 Turbo testing on the open road

Porsche 911 Turbo
Porsche 911 Turbo
Porsche 911 Turbo

January 24th, 2014 - Porsche 911 Turbo begins winter testing

Porsche 911 Turbo
Porsche 911 Turbo
Porsche 911 Turbo

December 19th, 2013 - First Sighting

Porsche 911 Turbo
Porsche 911 Turbo
Porsche 911 Turbo

On the prototype caught testing today Porsche tried to hide only the front and the rear bumpers, meaning that only these parts will be updated. But we also expect the taillights to get the same 3D look as on the recently revealed Macan.

As usual, do not expect anything big coming from Porsche, just an evolution that will keep the car nice and fresh.

Competitors

Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

By the time the revised Porsche 911 Turbo hits the market, Nissan should also unveil the new-generation GT-R. The model will get a revised look, but the design remains a relative mystery. Under the hood, the model will most likely adopt a hybrid powertrain, something similar to what we saw in the new Porsche 918 Spyder.

Audi R8

Audi R8

A new-generation Audi R8 is also under development and should be unveiled just in time for the 2016 model year. The model will be built on the same platform as the Lamborghini Gallardo’s successor and will be lighter than the current generation.

As usual the R8 will be offered with both V-8 and V-10 engines, but both should be improved to deliver increased figures.

History

Porsche 911 Turbo (993)

Porsche unveiled the 911 Turbo for the first time in 1974 when it was offered as the "Turbo" in Europe, but as 930 in the North American market. The model was initially offered with a 3.0-liter engine with an output of 260 horsepower, but in 1978 it was replaced with a 3.3-liter engine with 300 horsepower.

This model was replaced by the 964 Turbo powered by the same 3.3-liter engine in its first two years, but the engine was replaced by a 3.6 liter version in later models.

The 964 was then replaced by the 993 series. The Turbo version was powered by the same 3.6-liter engine with an output of 408 horsepower. The 996 series was introduced in 1998 when it continued to be offered with the same 3.6 liter engine, but with the output increased to 420 horsepower.

The 997 Turbo arrived in 2006. It was powered by a 3.6-liter engine with an output of 470 horsepower. The 997 Turbo went from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 193 mph.

The 991 Turbo was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is powered by a a turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection that delivers a total of 520 horsepower.


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