Updated 911 flagship receives bodywork and mechanical upgrades, which will provide some models with as much as 425bhp
19 May 2014

A facelifted version of the Porsche 911 is in development and will launch next year, as these first spy pictures show.

Pictured here testing at the Nürburgring, the revised 911 will receive a series of mild styling tweaks, including a more angular front bumper and new slim-line LED daytime running lights.  

Early information suggests that Porsche may equip the facelifted 911 with active front air ducts that close at a 
pre-determined speed to improve aerodynamics.

At the rear, there is also a newly styled bumper that features horizontal ducts on the outer flanks to extract air from the engine bay, suggesting that the prototype captured here may be a mule for a successor to the 911 GTS.

Power for the reworked 911 comes from a range of updated naturally aspirated flat six engines of 3.6 and 3.8-litre capacity. They have been re-engineered to meet Euro 6 emissions regulations and have features that include a new thermal management system.

As before, the new 911 GTS will offer slightly more power than the 911 Carrera S. Insiders hint that it will have in the region of 425bhp.  

Rumours that the revised 911 may adopt the flat four engine currently under development have been denied by Porsche officials, who say that the new unit will be launched in the Boxster and the Cayman instead.

As Porsche's road car division tunes the 911, Porsche Motorsport is also readying a hot new version of the Cayman, tipped to be called the GT4. Test mules of that model have also been spotted testing at the 'Ring, with the sportier Cayman likely to use the same 3.8-litre flat-six engine of the 911 Carrera S for power.

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20 May 2014
....anybody there...? Anybody bothered...?

24 May 2014
the larger tail lights. I mean, the cutouts were already there on the present model. Porsche should get rid of those silly side markers on the front wheel arches. Makes for a much cleaner look. Have the side markers move to the side mirrors makes much more sense.

24 May 2014
Since when, exactly, did the 991 need a facelift..? It's quite recent, looks the business and is bang up to date. Well, the cynical side of me says that sales of the 911 are flagging, mainly because of Porsche's own SUVs; the better driving Boxster and Cayman; Jaguar's line up; and global over-familiarity with the 911 'brand' as a whole. This is an exercise designed purely to remind everybody that the 911 is still here, and that Porsche are still interested in it's continued existence.

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