Only three years old as of 2015, the 991-generation is about to receive a facelift for the 2016 model year. As it is always the case with such updates, the 2016 Porsche 911 - 991.2 version of the current 2012 Porsche 911 - won’t bring many changes to the table design-wise. As we saw back in May, when the first camo-free prototype came out for a spin, the revised styling includes a new front bumper with better-integrated LED DRLs, a reshaped rear bumper with added air outlets, center-mounted exhaust pipes, and new door handles.

Now, Porsche engineers have brought yet another test car to the Nurburgring. The vehicle appears to be identical to the previous model, but this time around the 911 is painted in a flashy shade of blue and equipped with silver, multi-spoke wheels. The previous prototype was wrapped in black and rolled on black rims.

Although its styling is no longer a mystery, the 911 may arrive with a few surprises under the hood. According to some reports, all 911s (except the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 and 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS) are supposed to received forced induction with the 911.2 update in the form of turbocharged flat-six engines. This would explain the extra air outlets in the rear bumpers, but until Porsche confirms it, it’s best that you take this rumor with a grain of salt.

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Why it matters

Having already seen the 991.2 911 camo-free and with no additional info as to what it might carry under hood, there’s not much to run by with this new prototype in the wild, except the fact that it is finished in a gorgeous color. What matters here though is that intensified Nurburgring testing means that we’re very close to the car’s official debut, which will come with loads of info in the drivetrain department and news on whether the previously non-turbo models are turbocharged or not.

2016 Porsche 911 - Spy Shots

Porsche 911 Caught Camo-Free: Spy Shots Exterior Spyshots
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Porsche 911 Caught Camo-Free: Spy Shots Exterior Spyshots
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Porsche 911 Caught Camo-Free: Spy Shots Exterior Spyshots
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You can check our speculative review of the 991.2 here.

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