Our spy photographers have again caught Porsche testing the upcoming 911 Convertible, though this time things look a little more production-ready. As evidenced by the lack of major camouflaging, this test mule may actually be closer to a pre-production unit. What’s more, it’s painted a grey metallic color rather than Porsche’s always-black early test beds.

The lack of heavy camo and a lighter paint color affords us our best look yet at the new 911. Reshaped door handles, a more throwback style on the engine cover, and the conformation of air ducts aft of the rear tires are the three biggest fresh updates. These changes join other reshapings we’ve already seen, including a new front bumper with its active air ducts, new parking lights, and new LED taillights.

Since this is likely a few steps away from being production ready, we wouldn’t be surprised to find the new Porsche parked at the LA Auto Show come November. In that case, the new 911 will likely be slotted for release in the 2016 model year.

Also unconfirmed but harder to prove is the theory Porsche will use turbocharging on all its Boxer engines across the board. This would help the German automaker reduce emissions and while still making appropriate power. Also likely is a smaller, six-cylinder, turbo engine for the 911, along with a four-cylinder turbo for the Boxster and Cayman cars coming in the near future.

Lastly, rumors suggest Porsche will codename this 2016 911 the 992 rather than 991.2, as previously thought by some. Rumors are rumors though, so we’ll have to wait for Porsche to make an official move before we know anything solid.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Convertible

Spy Shots

Spy Shots: Porsche 911 Convertible Goes Out for More Testing Exterior Spyshots
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Spy Shots: Porsche 911 Convertible Goes Out for More Testing Exterior Spyshots
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Spy Shots: Porsche 911 Convertible Goes Out for More Testing Exterior Spyshots
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Porsche 911

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible High Resolution Exterior
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The Porsche 911 has been the brand’s bread and butter for more decades than we can remember. Its design has stayed true to its original form; always rear-engine, two + two coupe with power and handling abilities galore. In its current state, the 2015 911 Carrera is powered by a 3.4-liter, flat-six, cylinder engine that makes 350 horsepower. The more expensive Carrera S is fitted with a 3.8-liter flat-six that pushes out 400 horsepower. Both engines can be mated with Porsche’s benchmark, seven-speed PDK transmission

Performance for the Carrera lists stats like 0 to 62 mph times of 4.4 seconds while the Carrera S gets the job done in 4.1 seconds.

Pricing for the current Porsche 911 starts at just over $82,000. Checking the Carrera S box and selecting extra options will send the bill into the $100,000 range.

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